Many were quite glad when the sensational civil trial between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp finally came to an end just a few weeks ago. Whether you actively followed the trial or not, you had zero chance of escaping the media coverage. Whereas Johnny Depp is now back in talks for an upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean", Amber Heard's next appearance in "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" is on the horizon. Up until now, there was word of a mere ten minutes of screen time for the Mera actress. This had already been determined regardless of the trial, according to Warner Bros. president Walter Hamada. The official reason was the lack of chemistry between Heard and lead actor Jason Momoa.
All the more surprising that after the trial this very small screen time seems to turn out in favor of Amber Heard. Currently, test screenings are running in front of a selected audience. Apparently, the cut version with about 20 to 25 minutes of screen time was not as badly received as initially thought. However, this also means that a shorter screen time will certainly be tested, which is a standard procedure in the post-production of large films. Of course, it is hard to say at this point whether this will be received more or less well. Nevertheless, Mera may end up being around a lot longer than first expected. The final result will hit theaters on March 17, 2023.