Did Aquaman 2 Reduce Amber Heard's Screentime? Here's What We Know

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The petition to remove Amber Heard from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was recently reignited because of the ongoing legal battle between the Mera actress and her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. Each actor accused the other of domestic violence and physical abuse when they were married, and a report about Amber Heard's screentime in the Aquaman sequel being reduced has made the headlines recently.

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which is set to release in theaters on March 17, 2023, already wrapped up production last January, and Heard is expected to reprise her role as Mera, the daughter of King Nereus and princess of Sebel. She first played the role in James Wan's 2018 Aquaman movie, and also appeared in Justice League.

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Now, fans want to know if Heard's screentime in the Aquaman sequel was reduced. Here's everything we know so far about that:

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Did Aquaman 2 reduce Amber Heard's screentime?

It's claimed that Amber Heard's screentime in Aquaman 2 has been drastically reduced as it's said that the star only appears as Mera for less than ten minutes in the movie.

The information comes from YouTuber Grace Randolph who previously tweeted Heard's role would be reduced in Aquaman 2 depending on whether or not there is bad press surrounding her and Depp.

On April 28, 2022, Randolph tweeted: "I hear Amber Heard has less than 10 min of screentime in Aquaman 2".

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During her defamation trial on May 16, Amber Heard said that following allegations of domestic abuse made by Depp's former attorney, her role in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was significantly reduced. She said that she was given new versions of her script that included action scenes, and "basically took a bunch out of my role."

Heard claims that Warner Bros. "didn't want to include me" in the upcoming Aquaman sequel. She said that she was "actively scheduling timing for filming" the second Aquaman film until Depp's team called her a liar regarding her abuse claims against Depp, Variety reported. Heard said that "communications" about Aquaman 2 "stopped at that point."

“I was given a script and then given new versions of the script that had taken away scenes that had action in it, that depicted my character and another character, without giving any spoiler aways, two characters fighting with one another, and they basically took a bunch out of my role,” Heard said. “They just removed a bunch out.”

On May 17, 2022, during the cross-examination, when Heard was asked by Johnny Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez if she was replaced in Aquaman 2, she revealed that she was released from her contract, but fought to stay in it, and they kept her in it. However, she doesn't know how much of her role will be showed in the final cut.

"I just don't know how much I'm in, actually, of the final cut," she added.

When asked minutes later about the status of her role in the film, Heard replied, "As I said, I don't know if I will even be in the final cut or how much I will be. It was difficult to stay in the movie."

Related: DC Fans Rejoice After Learning About Amber Heard’s Shocking Aquaman 2 Screen Time

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Is Amber Heard getting replaced in Aquaman 2?

Randolph also previously said that instead of Amber Heard reprising her role as Mera, another female actress will play another character in Aquaman 2, with some fans thinking that it will be Dolphin, who in the DC comics has also became Aquaman's love interest.

Some DC and Game of Thrones fans have expressed how they want Emilia Clarke to take over the role of Mera. Clarke starred with Jason Momoa in HBO's epic fantasy series, and there are already fan-made images that imagines her as Mera.

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Warner Bros. hasn't officially confirmed this yet, so it's still unknown if there is going to be another female character to replace Mera in the sequel.

Related: Why Amber Heard is Still in Aquaman 2

What is the petition to remove Amber Heard in Aquaman 2?

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Back in December 2019, some fans started a Change.org petition asking to remove Amber Heard from Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

The petition, which is titled "Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2", has been receiving renewed support as the former couple's troubling relationship and disturbing details about their marriage are shared in the courtroom.

The petition to remove the actress was created by Jeanne Larson and directed toward DC Entertainment and Courtney Simmons, the SVP for Publicity & Communications for DC Warner Bros.

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The description of the petition reads: "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".

“Do the right thing. Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2.”

The petition cites different incidents including the one where Heard allegedly punched Depp twice in the face and another instance where she allegedly severed his finger while in Australia.

At the time of this writing, the petition clears 4.2 million signatures, becoming one of the top-signed petitions in the world ever.