Jason Momoa
Aquaman star Jason Momoa opens up about the recent release of his character photo from director Zack Snyder. Reuters

With Zack Snyder’s “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” still one full year away, many were surprised to see the director tweet out a teaser photo of Jason Momoa, fully decked out in his Aquaman suit. Following the portrait reveal, the actor has shared some additional details about the photo release as well as some hints about his involvement in the upcoming movie.

According to the 35-year-old former “Game of Thrones” star, Snyder called him out of the blue on Feb. 20 to reveal that he wasn’t going to sit on the Aquaman photo for 2016 as he’d originally planned.

“He’s just a genius and I love him to death,” Momoa revealed to Entertainment Weekly. “He sent it over and we’re in the middle of the editing suite for the thing I’m doing right now, and we all freaked out, man. It was so amazing to see it come out.”

While there are plans to include Aquaman in the upcoming sequel to “Man of Steel,” recent leaked plot details indicate that the character will only have a small role in the film, appearing once in a convention of metahumans organized by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and again at the end of the movie as Batman (Ben Affleck) begins to organize The Justice League. In the EW interview, the actor hinted that his role in the movie would probably be very limited.

“Well, it’s Batman and Superman, it’s not my movie,” he said. “It’s the first time in history to have them both on the screen together, and I’m just excited to see those two up there."

It looks like the actor is already trying to marshal expectations about his involvement in the 2016 film. However, the odds are good he’ll play a very vital role in “The Justice League” movie once that finally comes together. In fact, many believe that the accompanying caption that came with the Aquaman photo, “unite the seven,” is a veiled reference to the character bringing the seven members of “The Justice League” together. Perhaps fans of Jason Momoa will be disappointed with “Dawn of Justice” but thrilled with “The Justice League.”

It’s also worth mentioning, that Momoa has a four-movie deal with the studio. According to ScreenRant, the actor will likely be around for two “Justice League” movies as well as a standalone “Aquaman” movie. So, even if his role in “Dawn of Justice” is minimal, the staggering Aquaman figure will be around for years to come.

“Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” premieres in U.S. theaters March 25, 2016.