As I told you weeks ago, the studio isn’t going to let the A- list mostly movie actress come back for the second installment of the franchise.
With everything shut down, the studio just hasn’t decided on the replacement yet.
WB Reportedly Now Considering Reducing Amber Heard’s Role In Aquaman 2
Amber Heard has seen her reputation take a battering during her high profile divorce battle with Johnny Depp, with a series of explosive and widely-publicized revelations seeing the majority of the public side with her ex-husband in recent months. Of course, Depp lost the biggest payday of his career when he was dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise due to the negative press, although recent developments may eventually see him reinstated as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow.
Heard is also the star of a billion dollar franchise though, having played the female lead in the DCEU’s Aquaman, but that hasn’t stopped fans from demanding that she be fired from her role as Mera, with petitions for her removal amassing hundreds of thousands of signatures, while another one openly called for Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke to be named as her replacement.
Aquaman 2 isn’t expected to start shooting until next year, so the studio still has plenty of time to make a decision, but we’ve now heard from our sources – the same ones who told us both National Treasure 3 and Aladdin 2 were in development long before they were confirmed – that Warner Bros. are exploring all of their options regarding Heard, and that includes both firing her from the film or significantly reducing her screentime. – Source