James Wan and Jason Momoa wanted to keep Amber Heard for Aquaman 2 - IGN - IGN

Amber Heard changed into almost removed from Aquaman 2 earlier than Jason Momoa and director James Wan fought to retain her on.

all the way through the high-profile Johnny Depp libel case, entertainment advisor Katherine Arnold (by way of The Wrap) testified that Heard become almost booted from the Aquaman sequel due to terrible publicity surrounding the case.

"In February 2021, there were conversations that Amber's, I'm going to be technical with you, her alternative for employment became not going to be exercised. So, they may additionally now not have hired her once again," Arnold spoke of. "Her administration group fought very hard, and that they in the end ended up hiring her, but now not handiest because of what her management did, however also as a result of celebrity Jason Momoa and director James Wan dedicated to her."

Heard previously claimed that her Aquaman 2 role changed into "pared down" following her split with Johnny Depp.

in keeping with Arnold, Warner Bros. turned into able to hearth Heard from the upcoming sequel to shed any terrible publicity associated with the continuing case.

besides the fact that children, Warner Bros. chief Walter Hamada said that's now not the case.

"They didn't have a lot of chemistry together," Hamada observed as pronounced with the aid of The Hollywood Reporter. "The truth is it's not unusual on videos for two leads to now not have chemistry and it's form of movie magic and editorial — the potential to position performances with the magic of a good ranking and how you set the pieces collectively, that you could fabricate that chemistry."

Hamada claims that this lack of chemistry is what led Warner Bros. to accept as true with booting Heard.

"on the end of the day when you watch the film, it seems like they have remarkable chemistry," he explained. "however I just understand that through the path of postproduction, it took loads of effort to get there. from time to time you simply put characters collectively on the monitor and they work. It's like what makes a celebrity a celeb. You comprehend it if you see it. The chemistry wasn't there… This one was extra intricate because of lack of chemistry between the two."

requested at once if Heard's role become ever "reduced," Hamada tested that it wasn't.

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He explained that the upcoming sequel was all the time conceived as a "buddy comedy" between Aquaman and his half-brother, King Orm, performed by means of Patrick Wilson. And it had been that method "from the very early degrees of building".

Aquaman 2 stars Jason Momoa as DC's underwater superhero alongside Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, and Jani Zhao.

James Wan directed the movie in response to a script by using David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and movie critic for IGN. which you can observe him on Twitter.

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