On Sunday, unverified reports of Heard being fired from Aquaman 2 emerged online and led the actress to trend on social media. This is hardly the first time rumors of Heard’s firing have spread, seemingly stemming from her brutal and public battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp. Both Depp and Heard have contested the other was physically and verbally abusive during their relationship. In the fall, Depp was fired from Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts franchise, which led to fan outcry online. Depp’s departure also caused some to wonder why Heard wasn’t receiving the same fate.
There’s no telling what may happen in the future, but so far, Heard is sticking with Aquaman 2. THR staff writer Ryan Parker took to social media to state he’s been told by a “reliable source” that the reports of Heard’s alleged firing are “inaccurate.” Parker offered up no further information.
As the initial rumors regarding Heard being fired did not stem from a reputable source, it isn’t surprising they’re being debunked now. Oftentimes, stories of certain actors either being cast or let go from projects will take on a life of their own on the internet, but they end up being untrue. Heard and Aquaman 2 is an interesting case, in that the controversy surrounding the actress could very well result in some changes, similar to Depp’s situation with Fantastic Beasts. However, as it stands right now, Heard will continue to play Mera in the DCEU.
This news will likely be met with a great deal of mixed reactions. Those who stand by Heard will be relieved to hear she’s still a part of Aquaman 2, while others who think Heard is the aggressor in her relationship with Depp will be displeased. A petition calling for Heard’s removal from Aquaman 2 gained traction in December and crossed one million signatures, signaling there are some who would like to see her fired. This is a delicate situation, and one that will likely lead to more developments in the future. Only time will tell how it pans out.