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Zack Snyder has unveiled the first picture of actor Jason Momoa in character as Aquaman, from his forthcoming film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The director tweeted the picture adding: “There is only one true King. #unitetheseven.”

It is thought to refer to DC Comics’ seven-strong Justice League; Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter.

Batman V Superman is due in cinemas March 2016.Jason Momoa as Aquaman

Momoa – who played Khal Drago in hit series – will then appear in Zack Snyder’s two Justice League films in 2017 and 2019, as well as his own Aquaman movie in 2018.

Aquaman is the ruler of the seven seas, which comic book fans have speculated could also be what Zack Snyder’s “#unitetheseven” reference means.

Zack Snyder kicked off the DC Comics Shared Universe films with 2013′s Man of Steel and other spin-offs are scheduled, with the Justice League films uniting the characters in a similar way to Marvel’s Avengers.

According to IMDB, other films planned include Suicide Squad in 2016, Wonder Woman in 2017, The Flash in 2018, Shazam in 2019, Cyborg and Green Lantern in 2020.

Batman v Superman wrapped principal photography in December 2014 and will be released on March 25, 2016.

Zack Snyder has previously used his Twitter feed to tease images from the movie, including Ben Affleck as Batman and the new look Batmobile.

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Ben Affleck’s first photo as Batman has been revealed by director Zack Snyder.

Ben Affleck is pictured standing next to the Batmobile in the brooding black-and-white shot, taken on set of the forthcoming Superman vs. Batman film.

Although the actor was a controversial choice to play the caped crusader, the new photo has had a positive reception.

Many have suggested it shows the older Batman from Frank Miller’s four-part comic book The Dark Knight Returns.

Ben Affleck’s first photo as Batman has been revealed by director Zack Snyder

Ben Affleck’s first photo as Batman has been revealed by director Zack Snyder (photo Twitter/Zack Snyder)

Ben Affleck was not a universally popular choice to take over from Christian Bale.

A petition on Change.org urging film studio Warner Bros to “remove Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Superman/Batman movie” has gathered more than 97,000 signatures since his casting was announced last summer.

Ben Affleck has laughed off the criticism, saying he is “a big boy” who can “handle” the backlash.

“When you get into the arena of those kinds of movies, these superhero movies, particularly ones that are working with characters that everyone’s known for so long, everybody’s got these strongly held opinions and preconceived ideas about what it should be,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

“At the same time, I don’t think projections about something that hasn’t happened yet are all that meaningful.

“I think at the end of the day, it’s like any other movie or project: You go out and make it great, people will say it’s great. If you go out and miss, you’ll hear about it.

“The stuff beforehand is kind of just the noise that happens.”

Ben Affleck will make his debut alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman, on May 6, 2016.

The as-yet-untitled film is a sequel to Man of Steel and will also feature Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

Details of the plot are a closely guarded secret, but screenwriter David Goyer told San Diego ComicCon: “We’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman but yes, it’s that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening.”

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Batman and Superman are to appear in the same film for the first time, it has been revealed.

The surprise announcement was made by Zack Snyder, who directed the most recent Superman film Man of Steel.

Speaking at a comic convention in San Diego, California, Zack Snyder said the script was still being written.

Production is expected to begin next year and the film is scheduled for release in the summer of 2015.

Batman and Superman are to appear in the same film for the first time

Batman and Superman are to appear in the same film for the first time

Warner Bros confirmed that the two superheroes would team up for the first time.

British actor Henry Cavill – who starred in Man of Steel – will again play Superman.

However, an actor for the new Batman is yet to be cast.

“They’re both alpha males,” fan Benjamin Ha was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. He added that he expected fireworks in the new film.

For many comic book enthusiasts it is a dream come true in what promises to be the ultimate superhero adventure.

The enduring popularity of Superman and Batman has seen the latest films featuring the two characters earn revenues of more than $1billion between them.

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