“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” producer Peter Safran recently spoke to the Deadline Hero Nation podcast about whether Warner Bros. ever entertained the idea of firing Amber Heard — and the answer is a definitive no. The producer explained “I don’t think we’re ever going to react to — honestly — pure fan pressure.”
That’s not strictly the case, of course. “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” was practically willed into existence thanks to a long-running fan campaign to see the director’s original vision for the DC team-up movie. However, Safran went on to explain that because Heard’s role as Mera is so closely tied to the “Aquaman” franchise, she should be in the sequel, stating: “You gotta do what’s best for the movie.” He also added, “We felt that if it’s James Wan, and Jason Momoa, it should be Amber Heard. That’s really what it was.”
It’s not clear how big Heard’s role will be in “Lost Kingdom,” but it’s likely she’ll be a main character alongside Momoa’s Arthur Curry again.
Safran also pointed out that Warner Bros. hasn’t been ignorant to the situation saying, “One is not unaware of what is going on in the Twitter-verse.” He noted that the studio isn’t obligated to do anything about the ongoing conversation, “But that doesn’t mean you have to react to it or take it as gospel or accede to their wishes.” It seems like Warner Bros.’ main priority is making sure the “Aquaman” sequel is as good as it can be, as Safran briefly stated: “You have to do what’s right for the film, and that’s really where we landed on it.”
So expect to see Amber Heard return as Mera when “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” arrives in theaters December 2022.