The verdict in the case of Johnny Depp against Amber Heard fell about 3 months ago. But Amber Heard is not ready to accept the verdict and has filed an appeal against the verdict, claiming that she has not been served justice.
The Aquaman The actress has faced a lengthy lawsuit in the defamation case brought by the actor and her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. The actor filed the defamation case after Heard claimed to be a public figure representing domestic violence in a news article.
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The Depp vs. Heard verdict
Many revelations were made about the two actors during the trial. Johnny Depp was awarded a total of $10.4 million in damages.
During the court hearing and due to the lawsuit, Johnny Depp ended up losing his roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Fantastic Beasts. Where Depp completely lost two movie contracts, Heard also said in court that his role in the DCEU Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was cut.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
Amber Heard in Aquaman 2
She says, “I had to fight to stay in the film. They didn’t want to include me in the film. The role of Mera, the character played by Amber Heard, was reduced to around 20-30 minutes in the film. But according to recent developments, it boiled down to even less than that.
This was a satisfaction for Depp fans as they were all not happy that only he lost his plans and Heard got everything. Not only the movies, she also lost the contract with the cosmetics company L’Oréal.
The lawsuit also ended up tangled with the details of Aquaman 2 regarding the actress’ compensation details and potential recast.
Amber Heard files a lawsuit
After losing the legal battle against Johnny Depp, Heard planned to file a legal appeal against the verdict. And if she files an appeal, it may end up conflicting with the Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Amber Heard has already changed lawyers, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, and also plans to replace most of the legal team for this call. The new attorney representing his appeal will be David L. Legal experts applauded his choice of lawyers for appealing in court.
The new attorneys plan to opt for the First Amendment for his appeal, which includes the right to free speech. Her lawyers are confident the court will overturn the judgment against Ms Heard.
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The hearing of the case can start around the same time Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom will be shown in theaters. The film will be released on March 17, 2023.
The film has been in a crossover since the Depp vs Heard lawsuit and with this new appeal and all the controversy, it may hurt its performance next. Given this, Warner Brothers may consider other release options for the film.
DC continues to face challenges
Looks like DC is going through some tough times. Having to cancel multiple movies and coming up with a whole new plan for movies to be released in the future. It’s not going any better with the Amber Heard controversy and the ongoing affair with Ezra Miller.
Warner Bros. faces tough times getting movies to market with its first two releases of 2023, the flash and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
The situation is even worse with Ezra Miller, as he portrays the character and will be in the entire film, unlike Amber Heard, who has a supporting role. The studio is already under review for cancellation the long-awaited movie, bat girland other projects.
Warner Bros. hoped that the boycott scene for Aquaman 2 will die out by the time the film is released in 2023, but the new call may not let that happen. It is speculated that the studio could still shift the release date to avoid disputes and negative press due to the legal appeal.