'Batman v Superman' trailer officially released

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Trailer No. 1

A day after it was leaked online (and swiftly removed), director Zack Snyder has released what he calls the "not blurry, not pirated" teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice via Twitter.

Ben Affleck's Batman takes center stage in this first glimpse at Warner Bros.' 2016 superhero smackdown, following a montage of commentators wondering whether or not Superman is less a defender of mankind than a potential threat. While Jeremy Irons' Alfred talks about "the fever, the rage ...; the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men cruel," we see the new Dark Knight fly and drive through explosions before, armored, staring down Henry Cavill's Superman and asking him whether or not he bleeds. "You will," promises Batman.

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'Batman v Superman' trailer officially released

Ben Affleck as Batman in the highly anticipated Batman v. Superman, slotted for a 2016 release. 

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Lewis Wilson as the inaugural Batman in Columbia Pictures 1943 release.

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The first Batman sequel in 1949. Batman is played by Robert Lowery.

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The next generation of Batman and the actor whom has played the role the most was Adam West in the 1960s and 1970s. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) 

20 years post Adam West came the Tim Burton era, where Michael Keaton portrayed the infamous bat. 

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Val Kilmer took on the role in Batman Forever in 1995

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Two years after Batman Forever, another new actor took on the titular role, George Clooney.

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In 2005 with Batman Begins, the franchise got a huge reboot due in part to director Christopher Nolan taking a darker less comical direction and to the casting decision of Christian Bale as Batman. 

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In the 1950's George Reeves stars as the original Superman. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

In 1978 Christopher Reeve took on the role, producing one of the most iconic Superman performances to date.

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In 1993 Dean Cain took on the role in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman , the series went on to run for four seasons.

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In 2006 Brandon Routh starred in Superman Returns 

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Henry Cavill will be reprising the role from 2013's Man of Steel

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The movie follows up on the events of 2013's Man of Steel, with Cavill and Amy Adams returning as Superman and Lois Lane, respectively. In addition to Affleck and Irons, the sequel also introduces Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, though neither of the latter characters are hinted at in this teaser -; but then, something has to be left for the main trailer, doesn't it?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released March 25, 2016.

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