Harry Potter fans are continuing their attack on Warner Bros and Johnny Depp after the debut of the latest Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald trailer. The studio brought Depp – in full character – to the San Diego Comic Con to unveil new footage from the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, according to The Hindustan Times .
Depp has been accused of physical abuse by his ex-wife, actor Amber Heard, who was also present at the convention as part of the Aquaman cast. People.com reports that the two made a conscious decision to avoid crossing each other’s paths and panels for Fantastic Beasts and Aquaman – both Warner Bros movies – were separated by an hour.
Fans didn’t take kindly to Depp being paraded around to promote the film. Several petitions had been launched to have him recast in the titular role after news of his alleged abuse broke in 2016. By then he had already filmed a cameo for the first Fantastic Beasts film. Writer JK Rowling and director David Yates released statements in support of Depp following the allegations.
On Twitter, fans criticism of Warner Bros for retaining Depp was further fuelled by the recent firing of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn for unearthed offensive tweets. Many also directed their attack on Disney and questioned how the studio could fire one man for having made bad jokes a decade ago and still pursue Depp to star in more Pirates of the Caribbean films.
Crucially, Depp did not take part in the panel discussion and nor did he answer questions following his appearance in character as the villainous Grindelwald. stars Amber Heard.
Depp and Heard settled their divorce in January 2017 – with Depp paying Heard a $7 million settlement (all of which she vowed to donate to charity).