Fans of Aquaman are now petitioning to have Amber Heard removed from the Aquaman sequel.
A petition has been launched to remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2. It was made after the recording of Amber Heard admitting to physically abusing Johnny Depp surfaced online. The petition was placed on Change.org and at the moment of this writing has 179,000 signatures.
The petition reads:
Amber Heard has been exposed as a domestic abuser by Johnny Depp. In his $50 million lawsuit, Johnny Depp describes many incidents of domestic abuse that he suffered at the hands of his (then) wife Amber Heard, including one incident where she punched him twice in the face and another where she shattered his finger with a vodka bottle, and his finger had to be surgically reattached. He will bear the scar from that for the rest of his life," the petition states, which is being sent to Courtney Simmons, SVP of Publicity & Communications for DC Warner and DC Entertainment and Paul McGuire, SVP, Worldwide Corporate Communications at Warner Bros. Entertainment.
The petition, however, doesn't only cite her physical abuse towards Johnny Depp as the sole reason to remove her from Aquaman 2. It also brought to our attention that Amber Heard has a history of physical abuse. She was arrested in 2009 for abusing a former domestic partner, Tasya Van Ree.
Since Heard's divorce from Johnny Depp, she has systematically crusaded to ruin Depp in Hollywood, repeating multiple accounts of fake incidents in which she had actually abused Johnny Depp, but lied and created false accounts of him being the abuser.
The petition continued to say:
About the incident during which she shattered the bones in Johnny Depp's finger and nearly severed it, causing Depp to require surgery to reattach and repair it, Heard presented a false story claiming that he cut off his finger himself, dipped it in paint and scrawled obscenities all over the walls.
As Amber Heard is a known and proven domestic abuser, Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment should and must remove Heard from their Aquaman 2 film project. They must not ignore the suffering of Heard's victims, and must not glamorize a domestic abuser. Men are victims of domestic abuse, just like women. This must be recognized, and action must be taken to prevent a known abuser from being celebrated within the entertainment industry.
The support the petition has been getting seems enough to reach the ears of Warner Bros., especially since they had their doubts about rehiring her before. I'm not going to take sides in this argument but I will say that Heard's removal from the franchise is going to be quite a blow. But not as big a blow as Depp being removed from Pirates Of The Caribbean.
Filming for Aquaman 2 is set to begin later this year with a release date of December 16, 2022.