The production of Aquaman 2, the sequel to the 2018 blockbuster starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, has been plagued by rumors and controversies. One of the most shocking allegations is that Momoa, who plays the titular hero, showed up on the set drunk and dressed like Johnny Depp, in an apparent attempt to mock and fire Heard, who plays his love interest Mera.
The Source of the Allegations
The allegations stem from the notes of Dr. Dawn Hughes, a therapist who treated Heard during her tumultuous divorce from Depp. The notes were part of the evidence in the defamation lawsuit that Depp filed against Heard in 2019, after she accused him of domestic abuse in a Washington Post op-ed. Depp lost the case and was ordered to pay $50 million in damages to Heard.
The notes were leaked online by Depp’s supporters, who have been campaigning for Heard’s removal from Aquaman 2. According to the notes, Heard confided in Hughes that she was facing a hostile environment on the set of Aquaman 2, where Momoa allegedly harassed her and tried to get her fired. The notes also claim that director James Wan reduced Heard’s role and screen time, and that billionaire Elon Musk intervened to save her job.
The Details of the Alleged Prank
According to the notes, Momoa arrived on the set one day in September 2023, intoxicated and wearing a costume that resembled Depp’s iconic character Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. He reportedly approached Heard and told her that he was going to replace her with his friend Emilia Clarke, his co-star from Game of Thrones. He then proceeded to act out scenes from Aquaman 2 with Clarke, who was also on the set as a guest.
The notes allege that Momoa’s prank was meant to humiliate and intimidate Heard, who had accused Depp of physical and verbal abuse during their marriage. Depp and Momoa are said to be close friends, and Momoa has publicly expressed his support for Depp in the past. The notes also suggest that Momoa was unhappy with Heard’s performance and chemistry with him, and that he wanted to work with Clarke instead.
The Reactions from the Involved Parties
The allegations have sparked a heated debate among fans and media outlets, with some calling for Momoa’s boycott and others defending his actions as a harmless joke. A representative for Momoa denied the allegations, saying that they were “completely false” and that Momoa was “a consummate professional” who had “nothing but respect” for Heard and Wan. The representative also said that Momoa and Clarke were “just friends” and that she was not involved in any prank.
Heard has not commented on the allegations directly, but she has posted several photos and videos on her social media accounts, showing her working out and preparing for her role as Mera. She has also thanked her fans for their support and expressed her excitement for Aquaman 2. She has previously stated that she was “super excited” to return as Mera and that she had “a blast” working with Momoa and Wan.
Wan has also remained silent on the allegations, but he has shared some behind-the-scenes photos from Aquaman 2 on his Instagram account. He has praised both Momoa and Heard for their performances and their dedication to their roles. He has also revealed some details about the plot of Aquaman 2, which will explore the lost kingdom of Necrus and its mysterious ruler.
Musk has not addressed the allegations either, but he has confirmed that he dated Heard briefly after her split from Depp. He has also said that he offered to help Heard with her legal fees against Depp, but she declined. He has described Heard as “a wonderful person” who was “wronged” by Depp.
The Status of Aquaman 2
Despite the controversies, Aquaman 2 is still scheduled to be released on December 16, 2023. The film is expected to be one of the biggest hits of the year, as it follows the success of Aquaman, which grossed over $1 billion worldwide. The film will also feature new cast members such as Pilou Asbæk as Black Manta’s father, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta’s son, Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, Indya Moore as Karshon/Shark King, Janina Gavankar as Beroe/Nereus’ daughter, Vincent Regan as Atlan/Atlantis’ first king, Alice Braga as Solara/Siren Queen, and Djimon Hounsou as the Fisherman King.
The trailer for Aquaman 2 is expected to be released soon, giving fans a glimpse of the underwater adventure that awaits them. The film will also be part of the DC FanDome event on October 16, 2023, where more details and footage will be revealed. Fans are eagerly awaiting to see how Momoa and Heard will reprise their roles as Aquaman and Mera, and how their relationship will evolve in the sequel.