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We open on a black screen with a voiceover saying "Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?"

Superman statue in Metropolis
Superman statue in Metropolis

Next we see the above shot as we hear, "We as a population on this planet have been looking for a savior."

We continue zooming in on the statue as a chorus of voices give varying opinions of this new "savior". We hear the negativity towards Superman being clearly expressed. "We're talking about a being whose very existence challenges our own sense of priority in the universe." "This is OUR planet!"

We jump to Superman rescuing a Russian space vehicle as we are reminded, "Human beings have a horrible track record of following people of great power." Overlapping the end of this is a woman's voice stating, "Power corrupts. And absolute power corrupts absolutely."

We suddenly jump to this mysterious and confusing shot where soldiers that have Superman's insignia emblazoned on their shoulders are shown kneeling before him as we hear a voiceover saying, "Maybe he's just a guy trying to do the right thing." But is having your own military battalion the right way to go about it?

We flash back to the statue as we hear a scream of "He's out of control!" followed by Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor intoning menacingly, "We know better NOW, don't we? Devils don't come from beneath us. They come from the sky."

We see a man in robes reaching out to Superman as we hear "The world has been so caught up in what he can do that no one has asked what he SHOULD do."

We get an up-close look at the statue as we hear a crowd chanting angrily, "Go home! Go home! Go home! Go home!" referring to Superman's extraterrestrial origin. As the chants continue, floodlights begin illuminating the statue until we see the entire thing, revealing that the Superman emblem has been graffitied with the words "false god".

We jump to Affleck's Bruce Wayne contemplating his Batsuit as we hear Jeremy Irons' Alfred say ominously, "That's how it starts. The fever... the rage... the feeling of... powerlessness... that turns good men... cruel."

Suddenly the scene shifts to a ruined building that clearly holds some meaning for the Dark Knight. Could this be the ruins of Wayne Manor? Or perhaps the location of Superman's murder of General Zod? Numerous people have pointed out the Riddler question mark on one of the foremost pillars. Since it was intentionally placed in such a position that it would be bound to attract attention, it is unlikely to have a major impact on the plot and indeed may have been thrown in just to show that there are known supercriminals already operating in this universe.

Next we get our first shot of the Batwing... blowing stuff up. Not Batman's usual method. Is there a piece of this puzzle missing or has the Caped Crusader finally flipped his cowl? Remember his whole "no killing" rule? Doesn't seem to apply here.

We finally get our first look at suited up Affleck and I must say he looks pretty intimidating.

Antenna or gun barrel/scope?
Antenna or gun barrel/scope?

Here we see an obvious nod to Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy as Batman watches over Gotham like a guardian angel. Dispute rages over whether what we see to the right of Batman's head is a sniper rifle or part of the building he is on. I will not express my opinion on this topic for fear of backlash.

We finally get our first HD look at the armored Batsuit, and by the looks of how battered it appears to be already, chances are, Batty Boy has used it on others before now. Bane perhaps? Also, in this confrontation scene, Affleck's voice, heavily roboticized, says, "Tell me. Do you bleed?" Then rumbles threateningly, "You will," as we cut to black.


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