Amber Heard plays Mera in the WB's DCEU franchise, starting in "Justice League" and continuing in the next film, "Aquaman." Johnny Depp plays Gellert Grindelwald in the WB's Harry Potter franchise, starting in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," and continuing in "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald."
Heard and Depp had a short marriage with a bad breakup. There were abuse allegations, and those allegations have followed Depp into his casting as Grindelwald. Harry Potter author and "Fantastic Beasts" screenwriter J.K. Rowling shared a statement supporting Depp's casting. Director David Yates and producer David Heyman also released a joint statement supporting Depp.
But it's Warner Bros.'s statement that seemed to upset Heard, because it cherry picked part of her joint statement with Depp after their divorce.
First, here's Warner Bros.' statement (via THR):
"We are of course aware of reports that surfaced around the end of Johnny Depp's marriage and take seriously the complexity of the issues involved. This matter has been jointly addressed by both parties, in a statement in which they said 'There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.' Based on the circumstances and the information available to us, we, along with the filmmakers, continue to support the decision to proceed with Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald in this and future films."
Amber Heard tweeted a reaction taking aim at their choice of statement quote:
For the record, this was our FULL joint statement.To pick&choose certain lines & quote them out of context, is not right.Women, stay strong. pic.twitter.com/W7Tt6A3ROj
— Amber Heard (@realamberheard) December 8, 2017
Warner Bros.' is releasing "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," costarring Depp, on November 16th, 2018. The studio is scheduled to follow with the release of DC's "Aquaman," costarring Heard, on December 21st, 2018.
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