In the tempestuous waters of Hollywood, where on-screen drama often pales in comparison to off-screen controversies, a new tale has emerged from the depths of the DC Universe. The sequel to the blockbuster Aquaman, aptly named Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom (also known as Aquaman 2), has found itself amidst a maelstrom of allegations, disputes, and behind-the-scenes turmoil. The storm seemingly calmed by an unexpected saviour: Elon Musk.
Amber Heard, reprising her role as Mera, has been at the epicentre of this tumultuous saga, with reports surfacing about her potential firing from the film. The reasons, it seems, are deeply entwined with on-set disputes, allegations, and a letter from a high-profile ex-boyfriend, Elon Musk, which reportedly kept her anchored to her role.
The Turbulent Waters of Aquaman 2
Allegations and Disputes
According to a report by Variety, Amber Heard has made several allegations regarding her treatment on the set of Aquaman 2. Notably, she claims that Jason Momoa, the film’s star, would often arrive on set inebriated, even donning the attire of her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, and pushing for her removal from the film. These claims have been vehemently denied by a spokesperson from DC Studios, who asserted Momoa’s consistent professionalism during the shoot1.
A Sinking Ship Salvaged by Musk?
In a surprising twist, it appears that Elon Musk, the tech billionaire and Heard’s ex-boyfriend, played a pivotal role in ensuring her continued participation in Aquaman 2. Following the release of the first film, James Wan and DC Films reportedly wished to dismiss Heard due to perceived lack of chemistry with Momoa. However, a letter from Musk, which threatened to “burn the house down” at Warner Bros. if Heard was dismissed, seemingly reversed this decision.
The Future of the DC Universe Amidst Controversy
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A New Direction for DC
Despite the controversies surrounding Aquaman 2, DC Studios plans to navigate the DC Universe in a new direction. James Gunn and Peter Safran have shared their vision for the universe, which includes locked scripts, a unified storyline across various platforms, and potentially bringing back elements from previous DC regimes1.
Upcoming Releases and Expectations
With films like Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, and Blue Beetle already released following the announcement of the new DC Universe, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom slated for a 2023 release, the future of the DC Universe hangs in the balance. The characters from these movies may or may not make appearances in the new DCU, and only Gunn and Safran hold the answers.
The Implications of Off-Screen Drama on On-Screen Performance
The Impact on Aquaman 2
The off-screen drama has undoubtedly cast a shadow over Aquaman 2, and with all the controversies, it remains to be seen how it will impact the film’s reception upon release. Will the audience be able to separate the art from the artist, and the film from the controversies that have plagued its production?
Amber Heard’s Future in the DC Universe
Given the myriad of controversies and the new direction planned for the DC Universe, it seems improbable that Amber Heard will return for a third film. Whether this is ultimately beneficial or detrimental to the future DC films is yet to be seen.
Final Thoughts on Elon Musk saving Amber Heard from being fired from Aquaman 2
The making of Aquaman 2 has undeniably been a voyage through stormy seas, navigating through allegations, disputes, and unexpected interventions. The involvement of Elon Musk in safeguarding Amber Heard’s role in the film adds a further layer of complexity to an already convoluted situation. As the waves of controversy continue to crash against the hull of the DC Universe, the impact of these off-screen dramas on the on-screen performances and audience reception remains to be seen.
In the vast ocean of the entertainment industry, where the tides of public opinion can shift rapidly, the final impact of these behind-the-scenes tempests on Aquaman 2 and the future of the DC Universe will only be revealed in time. As we await the film’s release and the unfolding of the new DC Universe, the industry and fans alike will be watching closely, anticipating the ripple effects of these off-screen dramas on the cinematic world.
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Aquaman 2 will be released in UK and US cinemas on December 20th.