The Hollywood Reporter notes former Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara has been asked to testify under oath about whether or not he played a role in trying to blacklist Amber Heard at the request of Johnny Depp, who allegedly tried to have her removed from Aquaman.
On Wednesday, several top executives and attorneys were served deposition notices in connection with a lawsuit Johnny Depp filed against his former representative Jake Bloom. Among the potential witnesses is former Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara, who is being asked to provide testimony by Jake Bloom’s legal team as they fight Johnny Depp’s lawsuit alleging Bloom gave the actor bad legal advice concerning his divorce from Aquaman star Amber Heard, among other things. According to THR sources familiar with the deposition, “Tsujihara will be asked to testify under oath about whether or not he played a role in ‘blacklisting’ Heard at Warner Bros.”
According to the report, Johnny Depp is alleged to have personally lobbied Kevin Tsujihara to remove Amber Heard from her role as Mera in Aquaman and block her from landing future projects with Warner Bros. Depp, who stars as Grindelwald in Warner Bros. Fantastic Beasts franchise, reportedly attempted to blacklist Amber Heard at other studios where he “also holds sway,” though Kevin Tsujihara is currently the only studio executive that has been served a deposition notice. The outlet also notes that the deposition requests offer no evidence that Kevin Tsujihara took action to prevent Amber Heard from obtaining roles in Warner Bros. movies and it would have been difficult to remove her from Aquaman as she originally played the role in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Of course, Amber Heard, who was also served a deposition notice in connection with the Johnny Depp lawsuit, continued to play Mera in James Wan’s Aquaman and is set to reprise her role in the sequel, which is scheduled to be released in 2022.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an acition-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.
Aquaman is now available on Digitial HD, 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Ben Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.
Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.
Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.
In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.
Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.
Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.
Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.
Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.
Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.