Amber heard was indeed sidelined in the new ‘Aquaman’ movie – just as an ex-WB honcho confirmed under oath last year – and the word is… she’s barely a side character.
“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” – the sequel to the 2018 superhero hit starring Jason Momoa — just hit theaters this weekend… and there’s a lot of bad news in terms of box office and reviews, but perhaps the most interesting is Heard’s screen time.
According to Business insiderAH only appears on camera for about 20 minutes… and while she talks in the film, it’s not that much – apparently only a measly 11 lines.
BI says Amber shows up for a few action scenes at the beginning and end, but she’s largely removed from the main story… even though her and JM’s movie baby serves as a central plot point. Some of the lines she reportedly utters are also quite laughable.
Here’s some of her dialogue… ‘There haven’t been outbreaks like this in a while. Why now?’ … “They raided the storage vault, we can’t let them escape” … “Where’s Jr.?” … “No!” … “I feel something in the water” … “Thank you.” There are other lines, but they are also minimal.
Instead of Amber taking center stage, Momoa and Patrick Wilson team up and lead most of the film. Yahya Abdul-Mateen and Nicole Kidman are also in the mix.
Not surprisingly, AH was downplayed – that was telegraphed from 2022, when she went on trial after Johnny Depp sued her. Ex-Warner Bros. boss Walter Hamada was questioned during a deposition and explained that the studio decided to sideline her due to a lack of perceived chemistry between her and Momoa, and because they wanted a different story.
Naturally, Amber’s team suspected that this was because of everything going on with Depp at the time, but the studio denied that. Anyway, she’s an afterthought in the movie.
Once JD scored his W in the trial, many vowed to boycott the film if she wasn’t pulled from it – but at this point it’s hard to say if the Amber factor has actually played a role in the box office numbers… which aren’t that great, despite the film currently being #1.
“Aquaman 2” is on track to make about $40 million through Monday… worthless by superhero movie standards. That said, it will be the frontrunner in the holiday weekend package — so… congratulations?
By the way, no sign of Amber for the press on this movie… which was about as low-key as you can imagine, and didn’t even have an official premiere. WB/DC is ready to turn the page.
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