“Aquaman” producer Peter Safran says online efforts to get Amber Heard removed from the upcoming sequel have been dismissed by the film’s creative team.
Heard starred as the female lead Mera in James Wan’s first “Aquaman” film and reprises the role in the currently filming sequel.
In the wake of her tumultuous and very public divorce with Johnny Depp, and their lobbying of allegations against each other, the actress has been the target of an intense campaign against her on social media platforms.
Depp was released by Warners from the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” sequel with Mads Mikkelsen taking over his role, which has fueled Depp supporters who insist Heard similarly get ousted from the new “Aquaman”.
Speaking with the Hero Nation podcast at Deadline however, Safran says the production is aware of the campaign but is doing what’s best for the movie:
“I don’t think we’re ever going to react to, honestly, pure fan pressure. You gotta do what’s best for the movie. We felt that if it’s [director] James Wan and [star] Jason Momoa, it should be Amber Heard. That’s really what it was.
One is not unaware of what is going on in the Twitter-verse, but that doesn’t mean you have to react to it or take it as gospel or accede to their wishes. You have to do what’s