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'Batman v Superman' trailer released early, following blurry, pirated version

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A low-res, subtitled version of the "Batman v Superman" trailer was leaked, so Warner Bros. responded by releasing its official teaser a few days early.

A blurry, pirated version of the "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" trailer leaked Thursday night — complete with Portuguese subtitles and starting with the ending first, apparently taped off a movie theater screen that was looping the teaser.

Well, Warner Bros. decided to get the jump on the pirates, instead of leaving the ugly version out there. The studio has released a bright and shiny version — well, as bright and shiny as this grim and gritty movie gets — in HD for fans' perusal. The trailer wasn't expected until next week.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer

The trailer follows the events of "Man Of Steel," with a public apparently turning on Superman. Ben Affleck's Batman arrives to confront the alien Superman. You're going to have to wait until 2016 for this release — that's a long time compared to the other big movies we saw trailers from this week, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Ant-Man."

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' trailer step-by-step

The video opens with the voice of Charlie Rose, followed by a series of voices talking about Superman with an undercurrent of anger and fear growing louder through the video. One of the other celebrity voices comes from Neil deGrasse Tyson. There's talk about humans having a history of following men with great power, a not-too-subtle allusion to the dictators of history, if not Hitler himself.

It also includes more of the Christ-figure imagery that "Man Of Steel" ramped up to all new levels, even for Superman (played by Henry Cavill).

The opening section culminates with an image of a Superman statue with "FALSE GOD" spray-painted in blood red across his chest.

We cut to Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne apparently shaking with anger while looking at his Bat-suit, with voiceover from Alfred (Jeremy Irons) talking about men becoming cruel — which could be referring to either the perception of Superman or the later-era Batman that Affleck plays here.

A flying vehicle is shown which could be Batman's Batwing, followed by a shot of what appears to be the Batmobile.

Finally, Batman, wearing armor and with eyes aglow, confronts Superman.

"Tell me, do you bleed?" Batman asks Superman. "You will."

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