Trigger warning: This article contains themes of domestic abuse that some readers may find distressing
Fans are once again calling for Amber Heard to be replaced with Emilia Clarke on the Aquaman sequel. While there have been rumors and fan petitions previously, the surge in demands for Amber Heard to be replaced has considerably risen in recent weeks. Fans have been calling for Amber Heard to be replaced since her legal battle with her ex-husband Johnny Depp. Fans now have a name to replace Amber Heard as Mera and are eager for Jason Momoa to reunite with his “Game of Thrones” love interest Emilia Clarke in the DC sequel, reported Marca. There has also been an uptick in photoshopped images of Emilia Clarke as Mera floating around on the internet. There have also been rumors that Amber Heard has already finished shooting her portions as Mera for the sequel that is set to be released in 2023.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 13: Actor Jason Momoa (L) and actress Emilia Clarke attend the 12th Annual AFI Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
A petition to replace Heard with Emilia Clarke resurfaced in June after the jury gave a verdict in the trial against Johnny Depp. Depp had sued Amber Heard after she wrote a 2018 op-ed about domestic violence and abuse. Despite not taking his name in the article, he was awarded more than $10 million in damages by a jury in Fairfax County, Virginia on June 1 and $5 million in punitive damages. Heard, received $2 million in compensatory damages. Heard has announced that she’s appealing the verdict. The Fairfax County verdict comes more than a year after a UK newspaper called him a “wife beater.” He lost a libel case as the London judge upheld the newspaper’s claims to be “substantially true.”
— RMB (@RMCB_86) September 2, 2022
The first petition called for Johnny Depp to be reinstated to the Fantastic franchise after he was removed in the wake of the domestic abuse allegations. The petition received more than 1.5 million signatures. The petition had been created by Jeanne Larson, who posted a ‘success’ update after the verdict was announced: “So, while the headlines may be heavily skewed in Heard’s favor, celebrating her $2m win, the truth of the matter is that Johnny is today’s winner, coming out on top with a $15m judgment. It’s high time Johnny is able to vindicate himself, prove that he was the victim in their relationship, and get his reputation back. Now maybe he can carry on with his life getting back to normal. Or as close to it as he can get. Let’s all wish him well and look forward to seeing him in the movies again.”
Normally I would say the Emilia Clarke’s box office drawer isn’t strong enough for her to be the replacement for Amber heard but just given the sheer amount of petitions on the Internet To have her be cast in the role I honestly don’t think the box office is gonna be A problem. pic.twitter.com/wVRZm6gAYU
— Dan (Danotaz Media) (@DanotazMedia) February 28, 2021
Johnny Depp recently made a comeback into public life with a virtual appearance in the VMAs in a joint Instagram post. MTV’s post showed Depp’s head in a floating “moon person,” VMA’s mascot. The mascot was seen floating above the stage and the actor joked that he “needed the work.” He later joked about taking up multiple jobs. “I just want you guys to know I’m available for birthdays, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, weddings, wakes … any old thing you need, you name it,” he said, before adding, “Oh, I’m also a dentist.”
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 22: Amber Heard visits “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” at Rockefeller Center on June 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/NBC/Getty Images for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”)
Some public figures have also rallied around Amber Heard in recent times. Emily Ratajkowski recently said, “It’s 2022 and it’s getting even SCARIER to be a woman.” During a six-second video, she listed the things that scared her and mentioned: “Roe v. Wade getting overturned, Harvey getting an appeal, Shia’s Redemption Tour, the way y’all dragged Amber and the precedent that court case set,” wrote Ratajkowski, reported Newsweek.
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