X-Men: First Class: Second Look

Posted by Grey Friday, January 21, 2011

A redeeming second look at the upcoming prequel to the X-Men film franchise, right from the director Matthew Vaughn.

Turned out we aren't the only ones thinking that the earlier "leaked" photo of X-Men: First Class is a piece of shit. And here we have director Matthew Vaughn sharing our sentiments in some strong words and doing some much-needed damage control with two much reasonable images from the upcoming prequel to the X-Men film franchise.

In an interview with SlashFilm, Vaughn expresses his frustration, in a somewhat explicit way:

“I freaked out on them yesterday. I don’t know where the hell that came from. I don’t think it’s a Fox image. It’s not a pre-approved image. When I found out, I said, what the fuck is this shit, and Fox is running around trying to figure out what happened as well. I agree. It’s like a bad photoshop, which maybe it was by someone. It didn’t reflect the movie. I was shocked when I saw it. I was like ‘Jesus Christ’…

Making up for the traumatic experience, Vaughn offered two exclusive images showcasing the two lead, Magneto, and Professor X, in action.

Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, in an awesome new helmet (better than what Sir Ian McKellen wore, in my opinion).
James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier in action by stretching his brain.
Vaughn also touched on several aspects of the film, namely, the costumes...

“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…”

... and on the perceived similarity to the Fantastic Four of many after witnessing the "leaked" images.

“It’s definitely more serious and more realistic, and I think that’s something that had to happen. That’s my feeling about the world we live in right now. I think the glossy colorful superhero film sorta had its day. I think Batman Begins started it, Dark Knight, dare I say 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. I mean, look at me — I’m not exactly mister light.”

More importantly, Vaughn assures fans that he is not here to fuck up the franchise.

“I’m a fan of X-Men. We’re not bastardizing X-Men, I’m trying to get them back to being whole again.”

Okay, we are kinda feeling better already. Can you erased the trauma induced by the earlier "leaked" photo after seeing this two relatively awesome images? We will try, but like I say, we remained as optimistic as ever over the project.

Check out the interview at SlashFilm in its entirety for more revealing information on the film.

Source: SlashFilm

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