Petition to remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2 reaches 1.5m

A petition to remove Amber Heard from the Aquaman sequel has gathered more than 1.5 million signatures.

The actress's role as love interest Mera in the DC superhero film series has been criticised by supporters of Johnny Depp, after the actor lost his high-profile libel case against the Sun newspaper.

The petition, which hopes to get a total of three million signatures, was set up by fans who claim Heard "systematically crusaded to ruin Depp in Hollywood" following their divorce in 2017.

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Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Johnny Depp being questioned by David Sherborne, as he gives evidence at the High Court in London during a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 5, 2020. 57-year-old Depp is suing the tabloid's publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) over an article which called him a "wife beater" and referred to "overwhelming evidence" he attacked Ms Heard, 34, during their relationship, which he strenuously denies. See PA story COURTS Depp. Photo credit should read: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire
Actress Amber Heard gives a statement outside the High Court in London on the final day of hearings in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actress Amber Heard, alongside her sister Whitney Henriquez, as she gives a statement outside the High Court in London on the final day of hearings in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton. After almost three weeks, the biggest English libel trial of the 21st century is drawing to a close, as Mr Depp's lawyers are making closing submissions to Mr Justice Nicol.
Actor Johnny Depp leaves the High Court in London following the final day of hearings in his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton. After almost three weeks, the biggest English libel trial of the 21st century is drawing to a close, as Mr Depp's lawyers are due to make closing submissions to Mr Justice Nicol.
Amber Heard gives a statement outside the Royal Courts of Justice on the final day of Johnny Depp's Libel Case. (Photo by Brett Cove / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Johnny Depp arrives at Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on July 24, 2020 in London, England. The Hollywood Actor is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the Sun's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article published in 2018 that referred to him as a "wife beater" during his marriage to actor Amber Heard. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Actress Amber Heard, alongside her sister Whitney Henriquez (second right) and lawyer Jen Robinson (right), as she gives a statement outside the High Court in London on the final day of hearings in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton. After almost three weeks, the biggest English libel trial of the 21st century is drawing to a close, as Mr Depp's lawyers are making closing submissions to Mr Justice Nicol.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: (EDITORS NOTE: (Image has been converted to black and white) Johnny Depp arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on July 24, 2020 in London, England. The Hollywood Actor is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the Sun's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article published in 2018 that referred to him as a "wife beater" during his marriage to actor Amber Heard. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
US actress Amber Heard (L) leaves hand-in-hand with her sister Whitney Heard (R) from the High Court after a hearing in the libel trial by her former husband US actor Johnny Depp against News Group Newspapers (NGN) in London, on July 24, 2020. - Depp is suing the publishers of The Sun and the author of the article for the claims that called him a "wife-beater" in April 2018. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Johnny Depp arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on July 24, 2020 in London, England. The Hollywood Actor is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the Sun's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article published in 2018 that referred to him as a "wife beater" during his marriage to actor Amber Heard. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Amber Heard arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice on day fourteen of the hearing on the libel case against The Sun newspaper on 24 July, 2020 in London, England. Today the court will hear from final witnesses for The Sun's publisher, News Group Newspapers, as Johnny Depp is suing the newspaper over a 2018 article in which he was accused of being violent towards Amber Heard during their marriage. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
US actor Johnny Depp (C) gestures holding a bunch of flowers as he leaves after a hearing in his libel trial against News Group Newspapers (NGN), at the High Court in London, on July 24, 2020. - Depp is suing the publishers of The Sun and the author of the article for the claims that called him a "wife-beater" in April 2018. Johnny Depp's legal team played an anonymous tipster's video at his libel trial Friday aimed at proving ex-wife Amber Heard had a violent streak and once beat up her sister. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Artwork of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp at the Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand on July 24, 2020 in London, England. The Hollywood actor is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the Sun's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article published in 2018 that referred to him as a "wife beater" during his marriage to actor Amber Heard. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Actor Johnny Depp leaves the High Court in London following a hearing in his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
TOPSHOT - US actress Amber Heard (L) leaves hand-in-hand with her sister Whitney Heard (R) from the High Court after a hearing in the libel trial by her former husband US actor Johnny Depp against News Group Newspapers (NGN) in London, on July 24, 2020. - Depp is suing the publishers of The Sun and the author of the article for the claims that called him a "wife-beater" in April 2018. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Actress Amber Heard leaves the High Court in London following a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of actress Amber Heard being cross examined by Eleanor Laws QC as she gives evidence at the High Court in London during a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London for a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London for a hearing in his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actor Johnny Depp (centre) leaves the High Court in London following a hearing in his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actress Amber Heard (centre right) leaves the High Court in London after giving evidnce at a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
ile photo dated 16/07/20 of Amber Heard arriving at the High Court in London. The actress is to begin three days of evidence at the High Court as part of Johnny Depp's libel case against The Sun over allegations of domestic violence during the pair's tempestuous relationship.
Actor Johnny Depp gives a thumbs up as he arrives at the High Court in London to give evidence in his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actor Johnny Depp leaves the High Court in London after a hearing his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actress Amber Heard leaves the High Court in London after a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London to give evidence in his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London to give evidence in his libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton.
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Titled "Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2" and addressed to the senior vice president of publicity and communications at DC Warner Bros, it has been signed more than 1,547,300 times.

Heard, 34, has repeatedly denied the accusation, telling Entertainment Weekly: "Paid rumours and paid campaigns on social media don't dictate (casting decisions) because they have no basis in reality.

"Only the fans actually made Aquaman and Aquaman 2 happen. I'm excited to get started next year."

The James Wan-drected Aquaman film, starring Jason Momoa, arrived in 2018 and was a box office success, grossing more than 1.1 billion US dollars globally.

Its sequel is scheduled for release in 2022.

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Jason Momoa (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Depp, 57, stepped down from the role of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the third Fantastic Beasts film after losing his libel case against the Sun newspaper over an article which labelled him a "wife beater".

He was refused permission to appeal against the judgment last week, but has been given until December 7 to apply directly to the Court of Appeal.

Warner Bros Pictures has confirmed that James Bond star Mads Mikkelsen will replace Depp in the role.

Danish actor Mikkelsen, 55, rose to prominence as shady banker Le Chiffre opposite Daniel Craig in 2006 Bond film Casino Royale.

He also played Dr Hannibal Lecter in the television series Hannibal.

Production on Fantastic Beasts 3 has been taking place in the UK, with Eddie Redmayne starring as Newt Scamander and Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore.

The film is scheduled to be released on July 15 2022.

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