The trending hashtag “Boycott Aquaman 2” has gained attention online as fans express their disinterest in the upcoming sequel. The boycott appears to stem from a combination of superhero fatigue within the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) and the controversy surrounding actress Amber Heard, who plays Mera in the film.
One of the main reasons behind the boycott is the drama surrounding Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp. The highly publicized trial and Heard’s own controversies have led many fans of Depp to refuse to support Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Despite reports that Heard’s role in the film has been diminished and her limited involvement in the marketing, fans are still choosing to boycott the movie entirely.
Fans have been petitioning for Amber Heard to be recast in the role of Mera for several years, and the petition has gained over 4.6 million signatures to date. After Johnny Depp was let go from his role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, many of his supporters campaigned for Mera to be recast as well. However, Amber Heard is still set to play the character in Aquaman 2, albeit in a reduced capacity compared to the first film. The decision to diminish her role is said to be driven by narrative needs rather than external factors such as the court case.
It remains uncertain whether Amber Heard will appear in any future Warner Bros. superhero films as Mera or any other characters.
Aquaman 2 is scheduled to be released on December 20, 2023. In other news, updates include the removal of a scene featuring Ben Affleck from the film, as well as information on the character Black Manta.
In addition to the Aquaman 2 controversy, various streaming platforms have announced their new TV and movie releases for the week of September 18-24. Paramount Plus will be adding the first and second seasons of the 1987’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, while Max will feature Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper and the animated series Young Love. Hulu will premiere Men in Black: International and the latest season of American Horror Story, and Peacock will showcase the John Wick spin-off series The Continental and The Lego Batman movie. Amazon Prime Video will release Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant and Gael Garcia Bernal’s Cassandro, while Netflix will premiere the second season of the anime Kengan Ashura and the fourth season of The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals.