Thursday, January 20, 2011

X-Men: First Class Images

X-Men fans last memory of a movie have been pretty bitter. Let's face it, Brett Ratner shit all over the franchise with 'The Last Stand' and 2009's origin tale of Wolverine did nothing to put fans at ease. Instead it only further aggravated the situation. Now here we are less than 6 months away from another prequel titled "X-Men: First Class" and a plethora of new images are propelling our way. Take a look at the 'First Class' below...

Early on this week a terrible image released online of the new X-Men lineup. The image looked like a bad fan made photoshop. It featured Magneto, Moira MacTaggert, Emma Frost, Azazel, Beast, Havok, Angel Salvadore, Mystique and Charles Xavier. I'm not gonna post this image because it is not an official release from 20th Century Fox and is something they'd like swept under the rug. If you are dying to see it, I think you are smart enough to find it, but first take a look at what director Matthew Vaughn said when he saw the shotty imagery leaked online. "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’…" Safe to say Vaughn is not impressed like of the rest of us at this new image.

Now on to the official images that have been released by Fox. First we get a look at Eric Lehnsherr or better known as Magneto is his trusty helmet.
Looking at this image you can't help but get excited. I even like the traditional yellow uniform we see Magneto wearing. As far as the uniform, don't get too excited or upset. This film is obviously a prequel. It is about the X-Men coming together, so its highly unlikely they will be in uniforms for a majority of the film.

The rest of the images that have been released online also show more of the cast in regular street clothes. Well, maybe not regular for today's standards, but the 1960's (the period which the film takes place) its perfect. Included is a shot of Charles Xavier before being confined to a wheelchair, Charles and Eric having a discussion over a game of chess, Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw in mid conversation and lastly a group shot of the mutants including Beast, Moira MacTaggert, Havok, Mystique along with a few others recognizable figures.

Lastly we have our first one-sheet for the superhero prequel releasing June 3rd. Which is highly simplistic and features what appears to be a emblem for Professor X's School for the Gifted.
While "X-Men: First Class" is still shooting, Fox knows very well the stakes of this film. They have their hopes set high that being an X-Men movies will equal big dollar signs. While the film is a prequel and does feature recognizable characters, it is minus some of the major characters X-Men fans are use to, namely Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey. This obviously presents a challenge for Fox, one that despite a untimely leaked bad photoshop image, the marketing team have dome a solid job of setting up anticipation.

Stay tuned for more on "X-Men: First Class" as it develops...

Sources: /Film | Hero Complex