There’s a lot of drama buzzing around social media about Johnny Depp and Amber Heard right now. Large swathes of the internet are convinced that she’s been fired from Aquaman 2 for failing a physical exam, despite there being no official statement and the story originating in some murky places. One source of information has been leaker Daniel Richtman, who’s provided a steady stream of scoops on Depp and Heard lately.
His latest exclusive is that Depp is continuing his campaign to deny his ex-wife major roles and get her fired from the projects she’s currently attached to. Of course, the actor was first alleged to have attempted to harm Heard’s career in a 2019 lawsuit between him and his ex-attorney Jake Bloom (which was eventually settled). The case referenced Depp’s attempts to persuade disgraced former chairman of Warner Bros. Kevin Tsujihara to drop the actress from Aquaman and any other upcoming projects. Clearly, however, this failed, as she ultimately starred in the movie.
Based on that, it’s certainly not impossible that Depp is still manoeuvring behind the scenes to get her booted off Aquaman 2, though if he is, I doubt he’ll succeed. As for the rumor that she’s been let go for failing her physical? Well, considering that Heard recently shot new footage as Mera for Zack Snyder’s Justice League and there’s not a sniff of credible confirmation, I think it’s safe to assume that she hasn’t been fired.
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But it’s worth wondering at what point does the actress become too hot to handle? Warner Bros. are in a tight spot here. Keep her and they’ll face the continued anger of her many online critics. But fire her and they risk being seen as bowing to the mob, which would look particularly bad after the British court ruling that Depp can be called a “wife beater.”
Whatever happens, the sorry saga of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is destined to rumble on for some time yet.