San Diego Comic-Con was host to some awkward scheduling on Saturday.
During Warner Bros.’ Hall H presentation, made an appearance as his titular “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” character, helping to debut the latest trailer for the upcoming fantasy film. Roughly an hour later, his ex-wife, , appeared at the convention to promote WB’s “Aquaman,” which released its first trailer at the event.
In court documents, Heard accused Depp of physical abuse while they were married. She won a $7 million settlement in the divorce case, all of which she donated to charity. They settled their divorce in 2016, when she dismissed the claims.
Depp’s appearance was something of a surprise to the audience. It came at the end of the “Fantastic Beast’s” segment, after much of the main cast had already been fielding softball questions along the lines of what they’d do if they had magical powers (Zoë Kravitz would “impeach Trump,” Ezra Miller opted to “destroy the patriarchy”). Depp took the stage dressed up as the evil wizard, complete with blue contact lenses and a shock of blonde hair, and then rambled on about “muggles” — Harry Potter speak for humans.
“We who live for freedom, for truth, the moment has come to rise up and take our rightful place in the world,” Depp intoned.
Depp’s casting in the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel is controversial, in large part because of Heard’s allegations. “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, who wrote the screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts,” issued a statement in response to the backlash last year.
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