After it was revealed that work on the next Aquaman sequel had officially commenced, supporters of Johnny Depp relaunched a new Twitter campaign against Amber Heard.
Director James Wan revealed on Monday that production for Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom has begun, 18 months ahead of its December 2022 release date. Wan, who also helmed 2018’s Aquaman, uploaded a photograph of a clapperboard in an ice cave on Instagram with the phrase “day one.”
Shortly after Variety verified the news, the hashtag #JusticeforJohnnyDepp began trending on Twitter, as admirers of the actor went to social media to express their displeasure with Heard’s ongoing involvement in the movie. Heard co-stars with Jason Momoa as Mera, Aquaman’s love interest, but has been the subject of several social media campaigns asking for her dismissal from the film because of reports that she physically assaulted Depp while the couple was married.
Woken up to #JusticeForJohnnyDepp still trending and the outrage still building about A2. What a good morning
— ??☠️ (@GellertDepp) June 29, 2021
The campaign began when Depp was accused of being violent towards Heard, with a British court declaring last year that the “vast bulk” of claims of abuse on Depp’s behalf had been “established to a civil standard.”
In a separate lawsuit filed in the United States, Depp claims that Heard’s allegation was a “hoax” and that she was the primary abuser in the relationship, prompting his fans to demand that the actress be fired from her upcoming roles as “revenge” for Depp’s firing from the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The lawsuit will be heard in April 2022. In August 2020, Heard countersued Depp, saying that he was involved in a “smear campaign” to ruin her life through the use of false social media profiles.