Earlier this week, a "leaked" photo caused something of a stir at Twentieth Century Fox by claiming to be the first image showcasing the mutants of Xavier's School for the Gifted for "X-Men: First Class."
The studio quickly shot down the image as a phony and have now hit back with images of their own, revealing the origins of the X-Men. The photos were apparently released as a form of damage control, comforting fans that the film being produced is of a higher quality.
“I freaked out on them yesterday. I don’t know where the hell that came from," director Matthew Vaughn told SlashFilm regarding the image. "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 ..."
The photos reveal Michael Fassbender sporting a very comic-book loyal helmet, and a pre-wheel chair Dr. Xavier (James McAvoy). However, the damage may already be done. With the soaring global success of Chris Nolan's adaptation of Batman, comic book fans are looking for more gritty and grounded editions of their heroes and the apparent cast shot simply didn't meet that criteria.
Vaughn insists though that he will not sacrifice the X-Men comics in order to make a movie.
“I’m a fan of X-Men," he said. "We’re not bastardizing X-Men, I’m trying to get them back to being whole again."
One of the key aspects that Vaughn was also quick to tackle is that the costume being sported by the mutants isn't what fans can expect to see throughout the movie … well, maybe not the whole movie. He confirmed that those yellow and blue outfits will be a part of the film but won't be around for long.
"The costumes are blue and yellow as well, because fuck it, lets take it back it the original," Vaughn said. "Also, by the way, those costumes are hardly in the movie. The main costumes are like these cool '60s James Bond.”
"X-Men: First Class" is scheduled to be released June 3.
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