Even though actor’s off-screen lives usually don’t factor too much into studio decisions on casting, as is usually the case with fan petitions, this is an extremely interesting case considering the circumstances of Amber Heard’s legal situation at the moment. The UK courts recently ruled in her favor against Johnny Depp, even considering the mountain of evidence that she may have been the one in the wrong, and the cries from fans to see her replaced as Mera in the DCEU have been overwhelming.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, DC Extended Universe star Amber Heard confirmed that she will return as Mera for the upcoming untitled Aquaman sequel. Heard also revealed that the film is hoping to start on production sometime next year, and she said she’s “super excited
“I’m super excited about the amount of fan love and the amount of fan appreciation that Aquaman has acquired and that it has garnered so much excitement for Aquaman and Mera that it means we’ll be coming back. I’m so excited to film that.
This news arrives following reports that Heard was included as a part of the reshoots for the Snyder Cut of Justice League. It also comes in the midst of an ongoing legal battle with her ex-husband Johnny Depp, which has led to petitions for her removal from the movie and has been signed by over 1 million people this far.
Nevertheless, Heard seems excited and grateful to be a part of the upcoming Aquaman sequel, which is currently in its earliest stages of development. She joins Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson as the only confirmed cast members to return for the sequel, which is set to expand mightily on the world beneath the ocean waves. The central plot of Aquaman 2 will explore the far reaches of the other Seven Kingdoms of Atlantis, and it will be exciting to find out more details as they come.