A few days after the announcement of Johnny Depp’s departure from the Fantastic Beasts franchise, fans of the actor launched an online petition to have Amber Heard fired from Aquaman 2. A move that has already gathered more than a million signatures.
On November 6, fans were in shock. Johnny Depp announced to them his withdrawal from the Fantastic Beasts saga, in which he had played until now Gellert Grindelwald. A decision that came shortly after the American comedian lost his libel case against The Sun, who described him as a “violent husband” in an article. British justice thus ruled in favor of the English media, considering that most of the accusations of domestic violence against the actor had been verified. From then on, Johnny Depp would have been forced by Warner Bros to resign, as he explained in an Instagram post.
At the news, many Johnny Depp fans were outraged, accusing Amber Heard of being guilty of domestic violence as well. One of them even created a petition to have the American actress fired from the film Aquaman 2, also distributed by Warner Bros. “In his trial, Johnny Depp talks about many domestic incidents of which he was allegedly a victim from his ex-wife,” explains Jeanne Larson, the instigator of this defense movement. “This includes an incident where she allegedly punched him twice in the face and another where she broke his finger with a bottle of vodka.”
The young woman also recalls that the interpreter of Mera was already arrested in 2009 for violence committed against his girlfriend at the time, Tasya Van Ree. A case she relies on to demonstrate a repetitive pattern in Amber Heard’s behavior.
In her description of the petition, Jeanne Larson directly calls on Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment to remove Amber Heard from the project. “Men are victims of domestic violence in the same way as women. This must be recognized and action must be taken to prevent a notorious abuser from being glorified in the entertainment industry. “
To date, the petition has already collected over 1.3 million signatures. A movement that is therefore gaining momentum and could perhaps lead the producers of Aquaman 2 to rethink their casting.