New Photos, Poster, Interviews & More from 'X-Men: First Class'!
Yesterday, the floodgates on Matthew Vaughn's highly anticipated comic book movie X-Men: First Class opened, much to 20th Century Fox's chagrin. Apparently the first photo of the cast that arrived, which most people didn't like, wasn't the way Fox or Vaughn wanted to introduce everyone to these new superheroes. So in response, numerous articles have been hitting the web featuring interviews, teaser posters, numerous better photos and much more to appease the fans. Despite that first look, I still think this looks awesome, I have faith in Vaughn. And you'll see why there is not much to worry about with in a few new photos below.
I decided to hold off on posting everything yesterday as it hit because I had a feeling there'd be a lot more to see and there definitely is. SlashFilm posted two new never-before-seen photos, one of James McAvoy as a young Charles Xavier, the other of Michael Fassbender as a young Magneto, which should brighten your spirits. But wait - what's that helmet? It's right out of the comics. And yes, he's wearing quite a colorful suit, but don't get too excited, because their "X-Men" costumes don't show up much. Vaughn: "The costumes are blue and yellow as well, because fuck it, lets take it back it the original. Also, by the way, those costumes are hardly in the movie. The main costumes are like these cool 60's James Bond." That might not be so bad.
A few set photos leaked since shooting started last year, but they're not done. According to Hero Complex, the other site with some awesome new photos (two of which are below, the other seen at the top), Vaughn is still shooting the superhero movie, even though it hits theaters on June 3rd this summer, a mere 20 weeks away. "This is a prequel, so I'm the same character, just younger, but the challenge for me - and for Michael - is to show the same person in a different place in their life; to show someone before they're this bad guy, before they're this saint. Charles wasn't always a… monk, this selfless, sexless monk," McAvoy tells them.
"When I'm watching Fassbender and McAvoy you just think, it sort of reminds me of Daniel Craig doing Bond, you kind of forget there were other people playing him… That's what I feel about these two," Vaughn says. But why so colorful and cheesy looking? Well, first, don't let any photos deceive you; second, here is Vaughn's response to that: "I think the glossy colorful superhero film sorta had its day… Kick-Ass was fun and it had some real pop to it, but at the same time we grounded it in reality as much as possible. I think that’s what the audience wants. And that why that image is more Fantastic Four than it is X-Men. And I say that with all due respect to the Fantastic Four team. That was then and this is now. It’s a different time."
In that shot above, you'll see Kevin Bacon as the villain, Sebastian Shaw. He may not remind you of the exact character from the comics, because that's exactly the case, that's what they wanted. Moviefone spoke with Bacon about this. He expains: "My look is very different from the guy in the comic books. We decided pretty early on that that was not going to translate to film. But there's a certain kind of style to the suits that I wear… I don't want to spoil it - but when you first meet me, I look a little different." So despite Magneto's desire for world domination, he isn't at that point yet. "[Shaw's] the leader of the Hellfire Club, which is a nightclub for the rich and extremely powerful. And he has a plot to take over the world, so that's really fun."
If you're interested in reading more about X-Men: First Class and the various actors and characters in the movie, a series of interviews recently popped up: MSN talked with Michael Fassbender/Magneto; IGN talked with January Jones/Emma Frost; LA Times talked with James McAvoy/Xavier; Moviefone talked with Kevin Bacon/Sebastian Shaw; and SlashFilm talked with the director, Matthew Vaughn.
Now is this starting to look like the awesome X-Men prequel you were hoping to see? It's got a hell of a cast, a fantastic director, Bryan Singer as producer, I feel like it's in good hands and these new photos and quotes give me some assurance. To cap things off with more optimism, here's one last quote from Matthew Vaughn:
"I'd say this is more like Casino Royale than [J.J. Abrams'] Star Trek. If you think about it, Casino Royale just totally rebooted Bond — they kept what they wanted and got rid of what didn't work. You sort of saw Bond become a double O for the first time and yet it didn't seem to matter [what they changed]. I think my rule is to make a stand alone movie that is as good as possible and do as many nods and winks towards the comics and the other films, but not get tied up in knots worrying about that. It's sort of a stand-alone movie in my mind with a reboot being a real reboot."
And last but certainly not least, we've got to throw up this official teaser poster below courtesy of Ain't It Cool News. Despite getting a call from Bryan Singer himself, no new quotes or information was posted in that piece except for this cool poster - so check it out! So are we finally warming up to this movie?