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Neil deGrasse Tyson Will Neither Confirm Nor Deny His Appearance in Batman v Superman


Somewhat lost in the excitement over a new Star Wars Episode VII trailer was the leak and eventual release of the first official teaser for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice featuring the first footage of Ben Affleck as the caped crusader.

The cryptic video is low on revelations but high on intriguing quotes from media figures, both real and imagined. The first voice we hear in the teaser is unmistakably CBS News’ Charlie Rose, who asks, “Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?” While you would be forgiven for thinking he is talking about President Barack Obama, it appears that he means Superman.

Later, a voice that sounds an awful lot like astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson intones, “We’re talking about a being whose very existence challenges our own sense of priority in the universe.”

Tyson addressed his now-rumored role in the film like this on Twitter:

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Reached for comment by the International Business Times, Tyson would only repeat that line with a laugh, adding, “I’m sworn to secrecy on this one.”

Other actors heard in voiceover include Holly Hunter as a U.S. senator, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons, replacing Michael Caine, as Alfred. How many more can you identify?

Watch video below, via Warner Bros.:

[Photo via screengrab]

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