During Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against Amber Heard, the actress revealed that she had to fight to keep her role in the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and accused the studio of wanting to remove her from the superhero film entirely. However, DC Films head Walter Hamada testified and gave DC’s opinion.
According to Hamada, Heard’s role in Aquaman 2 was not cut for the reason she stated in court. Hurd has said that her role was cut due to Depp’s allegations and that the studio made an unexpected change midway through filming. However, Hamada stated that the decision to slightly change Heard’s role in the film was not unexpected. He revealed that DC has been considering recasting the actress’s role in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom for several weeks. Hamada then clarified that the decision to change the role was made due to a lack of chemistry between Heard and her co-star Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman. Hamada said, “They didn’t have any chemistry together.”
Hamada went on to say that a slight inconsistency between the two main characters is not uncommon in cinema and that it can usually be fixed with editing and more film magic. However, the estrangement between Heard and Momoa became more of a challenge for the studio. This completely contradicts Heard’s story that she fought to stay in the film due to negative public opinion of her due to Depp’s allegations of abuse.
He also added that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was never supposed to have a romantic co-leader like the first movie did. From the very beginning of work on the sequel, the writers assumed that it would follow the path of a “friendly comedy” starring Momoa and Patrick Wilson. Despite conflicting accounts of what happened on set, Hamada said filming for the sequel with Heard went smoothly and added that her role was well received by audiences in the first Aquaman, but that the studio had its own issues after this film. concerns about Heard as the female lead.