Attempts to cut Amber Heard from Aquaman 2 were reportedly countered by Jason Momoa and James Wan.
This week, the defamation trial involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard continues to creep its way across the seafloor of the online subconscious, sometimes vomiting up some industry statistic or oddity that inevitably floats to the surface to be examined and read.
Today, that bolus-hunt took the form of "entertainment industry consultant" Kathryn Arnold's testimony (whose job appears to consist mostly of testifying about the industry in court cases like this), who discussed how Heard and Depp's divorce, and the subsequent, non-cultish backlash against Heard, affected her career.
According to Arnold, this was "important," particularly in relation to Heard's starring role in the Warner Bros. Aquaman franchise.
The Arnold confession was interesting because it appeared to confirm some of the things that have been speculated over the last few years.
Such as the fact that Heard was left off of sequel promo materials, was banned from DC's FanDome event, and was almost outright fired from the film, despite being a part of a previously billion-plus superhero blockbuster.
According to The Wrap, Arnold noted that "research showed whenever Heard's name was mentioned, whether in connection with a film, TV show, magazine article, or endorsement deal, there was immediate backlash from fans on social media.
As she tries to fend off Depp's accusations of defamation over an op-ed she wrote about being a survivor of abuse from a few years ago.
As a result, Warner Bros. informed Heard that she was no longer welcome at DC FanDome, the studio's now-annual celebration of its various brands and cinematic properties.
A united effort from co-star Jason Momoa and director James Wan reportedly stopped the studio from removing her from Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom entirely.
Wan and Momoa were both "dedicated to her" and "adamant she was in the picture," according to Arnold's testimony.
Despite this, Heard has testified that her role in the film was reduced, allegedly due to a lack of chemistry with Momoa.
Arnold pointed out that Depp's career has been harmed by the public dispute between him and Heard, however she also pointed out that the op-ed at the centre of the whole thing was a minor blip on Hollywood's radar until Depp filed his lawsuit, turning it into the festering PR ulcer it is today.