The current DC Films head will testify as a rebuttal witness for Depp, who claims to have been fired from the Fantastic Beasts and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises as a result of Heard’s allegations of domestic abuse and sexual assault against him. Heard’s recent testimony mirrors Depp’s, claiming that these legal issues have negatively impacted her career as an actor. If Heard’s claims about her role in Aquaman 2 are, in fact, true, Hamada will likely point to concerns over her chemistry with co-star Jason Momoa, which there have been reports of, as the reason for her role as Mera being reduced or cut entirely, rather the ongoing legal controversy.
Since his tenure at DC Films began in 2018, Hamada has certainly been no stranger to controversy himself. He’s directly dealt with both Justice League actor Ray Fisher’s allegations against him and The Flash star Ezra Miller’s recent legal troubles. As the Depp-Heard defamation trial winds down with closing arguments set to begin on May 27, Hamada’s testimony regarding Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom could actually prove to be crucial to the outcome of the trial.