By Mark McKee | Released
Warner Brothers are in a difficult position. Not only have they played second fiddle to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe since the climax of The Dark Knight trilogy, but now their best chances of gaining ground are being plagued by controversy. While movies like Black Adam and Shazam! wrath of the gods filled fans with hope; Significant questions arise about the already established hero of the DC Extended Universe. Ezra Miller’s legal troubles caused a deafening silence around his upcoming film, flash. And pushes the ongoing Amber Heard and Johnny Depp saga Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom to the backburner. Of course, just because WB is largely silent on these two projects doesn’t mean fans are. One fan reached out to make a statement about Amber Heard and her involvement in the underwater sequel.
Ben Ginsburg, known as @GarlicBreadBen on Twitter, wasn’t ready to let the silence surround him aquaman 2. He addressed the crowd on Saturday in a Mera costume (Amber Heard’s character) holding a sign calling for the film to be boycotted. The sign contained a picture of Heard from the trial and a collection of quotes that played during the proceedings. The quotes painted a devastating picture of the relationship and Heard’s treatment of Depp. The caption from him Twitter post prompted WB to fire Heard from the role.
Ginsburg isn’t the only one who thinks Amber Heard should be removed. A Change.Org petition to remove the actress from the role outlines this belief and has garnered over 4.6 million signatures. After their ugly divorce, Heard wrote an article claiming that Depp was constantly abusing her. The result was Depp’s removal from the Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts franchises. He followed up with a $50 million lawsuit, alleging she was untrue in her claims, which he won largely due to revelations that she was just as abusive, if not more. The idea of Heard sticking with it aquaman 2 while WB almost immediately removed Depp from two franchises, one under the same umbrella as the DCEU, angered many fans and further spurred the petition.
San Diego Comic-Con fans responded to Ginsburg on Twitter. A fan posted a photo of him and a better look at his sign that read, “Not all heroes wear capes.”
Another person posted a picture of their own and commented on the hat that Ginsburg complemented with the costume: “Some heroes wear poop hats.”
Another tweet showed an image of a story on the website koimoi.com calling Ginsburg a Johnny Depp fan. Ginsburg responded that he wasn’t a fan of Depp, but he was an abuse survivor and the situation with Amber Heard happened close to home.
Of course, WB is paying as much attention as possible to upcoming films Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Blue Beetle, Batgirl, and more. But the entire Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard saga raises fundamental questions about how the world is responding to allegations of abuse and sex. With the mere accusation being enough to unceremoniously replace Johnny Depp in two major franchises, will the same apply to Amber Heard after losing a $50m libel case? We will see.