Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, reportedly threatened Warner Bros. with legal action if they fired his ex-girlfriend, Amber Heard, from the upcoming film “Aquaman 2.”
According to a new report from Variety, Musk had one of his litigators send a “scorched-earth letter” to Warner Bros., threatening to “burn the house down” if Heard was not brought back for a sequel.
Variety reports that the letter was sent in 2019, shortly after Heard had been accused of domestic violence by her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. Warner Bros. had reportedly been considering firing Heard from “Aquaman 2” in the wake of the allegations, but Musk’s letter reportedly changed their minds.
Heard is set to reprise her role as Mera in “Aquaman 2,” which is scheduled to be released in December 2023. The film will also star Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Patrick Wilson as Orm.
Musk’s alleged threat to Warner Bros. is just the latest in a series of controversies involving Heard and her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. The couple divorced in 2016, and their divorce proceedings were highly publicized. Heard accused Depp of domestic violence, which he denied.
In 2018, Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against Heard, alleging that she had lied about the abuse allegations. The lawsuit is still ongoing.
The allegations of domestic violence have had a significant impact on both Heard’s and Depp’s careers. Heard has been accused of being a “gold digger” and a “liar.” Depp has been accused of being a “monster” and a “violent abuser.”
The allegations have also had a ripple effect on the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Warner Bros. has reportedly been hesitant to move forward with certain DCEU projects due to the negative attention surrounding Heard and Depp.
It is unclear whether Musk’s alleged threat to Warner Bros. played a role in their decision to keep Heard in “Aquaman 2.” However, the revelation is sure to fuel speculation about the actress’s future in the DCEU. (Elon Musk)