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Massive 'Batman v Superman' desert set spied from the air

Warner Bros. is trying to keep "Batman v Superman" secretive, but that didn't stop a New Mexico TV station from catching aerial views of an intriguing set under construction.

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This could be a fortress or a village... or both. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

While the 2016 release date for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" may feel like it's eons away, the film project is very much in full swing. We've gotten previews of Batman's new Batsuit with Ben Affleck's chiseled jawline poking out. We've also seen his seemingly Tumbler-inspired new Batmobile. Now, it's time for leaks of the actual scenery that will be in the movie.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, television station KOAT sent a helicopter down into the desert near Deming in the southern part of the state. It's an area known for warm temperatures, farming and duck races. Yes, duck races. It will soon also be known as a filming location for "Batman v Superman." KOAT's chopper caught some aerial views of a very busy set location where a fortress-like structure appears to be under construction.

The set is huge, with construction of multi-story-tall buildings underway. It looks like a fortress or compound-type structure, with towers at one end and tall walls. The location is fairly remote, with scrub brush and desert sand stretching out on all sides. There's no word yet on what role the set will play in the storyline. We know for sure it's not the Fortress of Solitude and it definitely doesn't look like the Batcave, but it could end up hosting part of the epic battle expected between the two superheroes.

One possible clue to the location's role may be found in a vague casting call issued through the New Mexico Film Office for an unnamed Warner Bros. feature film. It seeks paid extras ages 8 and over to be part of an African village scene. The filming is scheduled for mid-November near Deming.

New Mexico has been a popular location for Hollywood in recent years, providing filming sites for high-profile productions like "Breaking Bad," "The Avengers" and "Transformers." It's no surprise another big action flick would want to set up shop in a state with experience in hosting superheroes.