Director Zack Snyder has no problems collaborating with the troubled Aquaman star, so Amber Heard may end up entering the Rebel Moon universe. The televised libel trial involving Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp in 2022 captured the attention of the global media. Ultimately, the jury decided mostly in Depp’s favor, and the court case caused Heard to face harsh abuse on the internet. This includes a well-supported petition calling for Heard to be removed from the forthcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom sequel, which has amassed more than 4.6 million signatures. Additionally, she was the target of social media jokes and memes that referred to the widely reported trial. Snyder doesn’t get it, the Man of Steel director revealed to THR in a recent interview. Snyder remarked about the backlash on social media, “I just don’t get it. If other people don’t like her, I don’t know what to say. I would work with her in a second.”
Before her debut as Mera in 2018’s Aquaman, Heard collaborated with Snyder on the creation of 2017’s Justice League. Reunited with Snyder, she would shoot new sequences as Mera for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the extended alternate edit of Justice League that was released on Max in 2021. Heard will return to the role of Mera in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which is scheduled to open in theatres on December 22, 2023—possibly for the last time.
Heard had withdrawn from the trial due to defamation. Although In the Fire was already shot before the trial, she has been actively marketing it. Heard’s career in Hollywood remains uncertain, but it seems improbable that she will reprise her Mera character now that the DCEU has concluded its storyline with Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Additionally, it is anticipated that she will play a minor role in the Aquaman sequel, which mostly centers on the bond between Jason Momoa’s character Arthur Curry, and Patrick Wilson’s character Orm. Heard has hinted, meanwhile, that her career is far from over, even with Mera behind her.
Heard stated in an interview with Deadline, “It might not be obvious to other people, but I’ve been acting my whole adult life, since I was 16. As crazy as it sounds to say, that means I have decades in this industry. I’m not telling you I have this amazing film career, but what I have is something that I’ve made, myself, and it has given me a lot to be able to contribute. The odds of that in this industry are really improbable but somehow, here I am. I think I’ve earned respect for that to be its own thing. That’s substantial enough.”