‘Batman v Superman’ trailer leaks and fan reaction is mixed

Henry Cavill as Superman.
Henry Cavill as Superman. Warner Bros. Pictures

The official first trailer for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” won’t be revealed until Monday in special IMAX theater events. But a rogue sneak peek that hit the Internet on Thursday has fans shaking their heads and already hating on the Man of Steel.

After director Zack Snyder tweeted a snippet of the full trailer someone posted it – shot on some type of handheld camera or phone with Portuguese subtitles – online. It was quickly removed from YouTube.

Click here to see it.

The fans that have seen it seem thrown by the movie’s dark, moody, intense look set to a menacing soundtrack, and how Superman (Henry Cavill) is portrayed.

At one point in the trailer Superman’s statue in Metropolis is spray painted with the words “False God.”

“Devils don’t come from hell beneath us,” Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) says in voiceover. “They come from the sky.”

It didn’t take long for fans to come out swinging on social media.

The movie is too dark, they cried. Literally. Too dark.

Even the awesome tagline – “tell me, do you bleed,” asks the Dark Knight – was mocked.

But other fans were more willing to wait before they start throwing their popcorn at the screen.

The movie opens next year.