There's been a healthy amount of mystery around Julian Lewis Jones' part in Justice League, but it seems the answer has finally been unearthed.
The actor has been cagey about his part int he anticipated film in the past, but a new image shared by director Zack Snyder seems to have confirmed his role as Atlantean royalty a bit early, and now Jones has confirmed it as well.
Snyder shared a behind the scenes image that featured both Amazons and Atlanteans, but there were two different Atlanteans showed. One is presumably a frontline soldier suit, shown with shields and spears. The person on the left of the photo, however, is wearing what appears to be the costume Aquaman wears in the film, and he is also holding a trident in his hand.
Jones then shared a closeup of the photo, saying "So incredibly proud to be part of @justiceleague @ZackSnyder is a Cinematic Genius and a Lovely Fella."
This is presumably from a flashback scene where the Amazons are working with Atlantis to drive back te Parademon forces, so he could very well be the dead Atlantean King.
With Aquaman being the rightful heir to the throne, it would also make sense why Aquaman adopts the former king's armor as a costume.
You can find the original photo above.
While Aquaman is the heir to the throne, Jason Momoa revealed recently that fans will not see that version of Arthur Curry on the big screen. At least, not yet.
"Really, it’s a huge growth for me," Momoa told SFX Magazine. "It’s a gigantic arc for Arthur Curry. It may be tough for a lot of fans to watch what they’re gonna see, how I portray him. But you gotta wait until we get to the solo movie to really know. Because he’s not king yet. He doesn’t believe in himself, he doesn’t know what to do with the powers he has. He’s going through tons of loss."
Not only that, but Curry doesn't exactly love his fellow Atlanteans at the moment.
"He hates Atlanteans," Momoa said. "The fact that people are calling him ‘Aquaman’ right now — he couldn’t give two s**** about anything Atlantean. So he’s really not quite there yet. That’s kind of tough to play. We gotta figure out the origin, where we’re going. Some people will be like, ‘This isn’t my Aquaman.’ But we’re not there yet.”
You can see how all of the pieces come together when Justice League hits theaters on November 17.