The latest trailer for “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” has ignited speculation and controversy by notably excluding Amber Heard, who plays Mera, from the footage.
The actress, facing ongoing attention from her legal battles with ex-husband Johnny Depp, had a brief appearance in the film’s first trailer, but her absence in the latest teaser, set for release on December 20, 2023, has raised eyebrows.
In the trailer, Jason Momoa, reprising his role as Aquaman, takes center stage, providing a voiceover that hints at his character’s shift from aquatic battles to fatherhood.
However, the spotlight on Nicole Kidman’s Atlanna suggests a more prominent presence for her character in the sequel.
Director James Wan dismisses claims that Heard’s role was intentionally reduced, asserting that the sequel was always designed to focus on the dynamic between Aquaman and Orm.
Recent drama surrounding “Aquaman 2” involves bombshell therapy documents, suggesting that co-star Momoa mimicked Johnny Depp’s style and allegedly sought to have Heard fired.
The documents, released amid fan-driven campaigns, detailed the alleged turmoil on the set, including claims of Momoa dressing like Depp and advocating for Heard’s dismissal.
Despite the controversies, Heard is set to return as Mera in the film. Last year, she claimed to have fought to stay in the movie during her court case with Depp.
The therapy notes, subpoenaed by Depp’s attorneys, allege a hostile set environment, with accusations against Momoa and director James Wan.
The notes also suggest a lack of chemistry with Momoa, leading to rumors of her potential removal from the sequel.
However, insiders claim that Elon Musk, Heard’s ex-boyfriend, played a pivotal role in securing her position.
Musk allegedly threatened Warner Bros. with dire consequences if Heard wasn’t brought back, leading the studio to retain her.
The ongoing controversies, including petitions for Heard’s recasting, add layers of complexity to the production.
As the release date approaches, the absence of Amber Heard from the latest trailer has become a focal point of discussion, highlighting the intricate interplay between personal controversies and the cinematic world, where decisions impact not only the narrative on-screen but also the public perception off-screen.