Vaughn Talks Leaked X-Men Photo, Releases More First Class Stills

The saga of that X-Men: First Class cast photo — y’know, the one that appeared online Tuesday only to be yanked by the studio, then released again on Wednesday? — continues, this time starring director Matthew Vaughn.

The image, obviously cobbled together in Photoshop by someone (presumably at 20th Century Fox), drew quick criticism from fans, many of whom expressed doubts about the quality of prequel. But an annoyed Vaughn wants to assure them the photo wasn’t pre-approved and, more importantly, doesn’t reflect X-Men: First Class.

“I freaked out on them yesterday,” Vaughn tells Slashfilm. “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’ [...] I’m a fan of X-Men. We’re not bastardizing X-Men, I’m trying to get them back to being whole again.”

Better still, the director released two more stills: Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr, wearing his Magneto helmet; and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, apparently employing telepathy.

But wait, there’s more: Ain’t It Cool News has debuted the teaser poster for the movie, which opens on June 3.

Add these two new stills to the ones that debuted yesterday at Hero Complex, and we begin to get an idea of the look of the film, which is set during the early 1960s ( “Imagine the Cuban Missile crisis and discovering that mutants exist, both at the same time,” Vaughn says):

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  • Anonymous

    Don’t like the first picture, and I’m not sure how this “first class” is getting back to the basics. Don’t think January Jones makes a particularly strong Emma based on look, although her acting may be enough at the end of the day. Do like the photo of Charles and Erik playing chess.

  • Alemander

    I always pictured Ali Larter as the perfect Emma Frost, but I have no problem with Ms. Jones as her. At least the character is in the movie and hopefully plays a decent role in the story.

  • lead sharp

    Holy gods, suddenly Cap’ doesn’t look that bad. That Magneto pic’ is actually nasty, there’s no ‘let’s wait to see this in motion’ it’s horrible.

    This thing is going to have to pull a miracle out of it’s arse to even make sense when it comes to it’s own continuity let alone look better than a fan made flick, which as Vaughn say’s, he is a fan.

    Emma Frost, going to love watching how they ret-con her from Wolverine.

  • http://twitter.com/Dragonbrush Dan Monroe

    I have no idea why they thought a “reboot” was needed, except perhaps the actors from the first films did not want to return? Anyway, it really looks like Marvel has returned to its days of “Fail on film”. Too bad because they were headed in the right direction if only for awhile.

  • Erikgalston

    easy way to retcon her.. she was only called emma in the credits of Wolverine.. so pretty simple to say that wasn’t emma frost..

  • Chris Johnson

    You forget that Fox has all rights to X-men, F4, and Daredevil…so sadly Marvel won’t have too much of a say with these properties….however, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Cap, Avengers, etc. are under Marvel and Disney’s watchful eye….so Fox must let loose their rights to these properties so we can get proper versions of these films…

  • Chad

    Except the fact that Marvel really doesn’t have anything to do with the XMen movies, Fox ruined this franchise when they decided to rush out the movies while trying to shoehorn every character they could think of into them

  • http://twitter.com/Dragonbrush Dan Monroe

    You are right, I did forget that. Thank god we can blame someone else then! :-D

  • http://twitter.com/Dragonbrush Dan Monroe

    Yup, I had forgotten about that. Thanks for setting me straight and reminding me. Boo Fox!

  • Xfan

    You naysayers are cynical to the point of crazy. This looks tremendous. Okay, Magneto’s helmet looks a bit awkward, but overall, Gavin Hood is going to hit this out of the park. Why do I think this? I’m really encouraged by his comments on X-Men: The Last Stand… or how he ripped it and said he would have made a far superior and emotionally resonant film. I flat out believe him.

  • The Ugly American

    January Jones, eat something.

  • http://sketchee.com Sketchee

    You mean Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Stardust, Layer Cake). Gavin Hood did X-Men Origins.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t really like January Jones, aesthetically or as an actress, but I LOVE the idea of Emma Frost as an Emma Peel-type superperson.

  • Anonymous

    People are complaining about no Cap footage or trailer and this comes like a month before Cap and we are just NOW getting pics. Before the last couple of days, we’ve seen more from 2012′s Spiderman movie than this.

    So why haven’t we seen jack footage yet? This is the summer superhero movie I am the least interested in and the most worried about. Yes, even more so than GL. Hopefully that’ll turn around, but these pics haven’t helped in the least.

  • Lesya

    I think the site should be called Ripoff.com because you’re just stealing stories from other sites.

  • LightningBug

    I’ve been a huge skeptic of this film, but come on, that Magneto helmet looks sweet. For a bunch of people yelling and screaming about how the film is a departure from the comics, why are so many of you complaining about the helmet? It looks EXACTLY like the comic helmet except that it is black!

  • MikeA.

    The pictures of them using their powers looks silly. But Emma and Shaw look great as do the cast photo. Xavier putting his finger to his head and Magneto holding his hand out is just too melodramatic. Pull it backJanuary Jones just sitting, but clearly in character, carries the whole thing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    All sites steal stories from other sites. It’s called comprehensive coverage. If everyone only posted exclusive content, no one would know anything important.

  • Guydc3

    Huge fan of the previous X-films…this looks very Meh.

  • Anxy

    I’ll hold out judgment until I know more about the film. I think given the basic subject matter of the movie, it could be okay if some of the characters look a bit awkward and green. There had to be a point where Magneto was first getting used to that very uncomfortable-looking helmet, and maybe that’s the kind of thing this movie is about – the very early days of the mutant movement, and how wobbly and confused it was in the beginning.

  • guest

    I think this ties into your earlier post about when to begin pre-release publicity. First Class has always been a tricky film to figure out. I don’t mean that as a criticism, I’m just not sure what the movie will look like. And they’ve probably been the quietest of all four superhero films when it comes to pre-release publicity.

    Could Fox have prevented this leak if they had released more official photos, conceptual art, whatever? Did they create an environment where a “bad photoshop” job could race across the Internet because fans were looking for a glimpse of the film?

  • Lesya

    So you’re condoning stealing? It’s also just lazy. How about picking up the phone or sending an e-mail and getting stuff yourself?

  • The Handsome American

    Why? She never fails to look ASTONISHING.

    But seriously, she has that Emma Frost appeal working for her.

    So what if she misses a few meals.

  • http://lackshmana.deviantart.com AJ Ryan

    I find it very telling that the pictures meant to reassure the fans are just as lousy and awful looking as the “leaked” image.

    A bad photoshop? Well, I think people were taking greater exception to how unimpressive everyone looked more so than how badly arranged the image was.

    This film is a trainwreck. Trying to pretend that this is anything else is delusional.

    Fox has to have a film in development at all times to keep the rights. In idiotic, short-sighted Hollywood logic, that means they will pump out as many of these terrible movies as they can just to make as much money as possible before the brand loses all of its appeal.

    We know that is the case, so why is anyone actually pretending that this film will be anything but trash?

  • http://lackshmana.deviantart.com AJ Ryan

    I find it very telling that the pictures meant to reassure the fans are just as lousy and awful looking as the “leaked” image.

    A bad photoshop? Well, I think people were taking greater exception to how unimpressive everyone looked more so than how badly arranged the image was.

    This film is a trainwreck. Trying to pretend that this is anything else is delusional.

    Fox has to have a film in development at all times to keep the rights. In idiotic, short-sighted Hollywood logic, that means they will pump out as many of these terrible movies as they can just to make as much money as possible before the brand loses all of its appeal.

    We know that is the case, so why is anyone actually pretending that this film will be anything but trash?

  • Thom Vane

    Welcome to the internet?

  • Thom Vane

    Welcome to the internet?

  • Thom Vane

    Finally, the disproportionate head shot I’ve been longing for since yesterday’s Hector Hammond pic.

  • Thom Vane

    Finally, the disproportionate head shot I’ve been longing for since yesterday’s Hector Hammond pic.

  • Danny Wetts

    Lesya, you’re weird.

  • Danny Wetts

    Lesya, you’re weird.

  • Danny Wetts

    Because we lack your critical precognitive abilities.

    Mutie trash!!

  • Danny Wetts

    Because we lack your critical precognitive abilities.

    Mutie trash!!

  • jason

    January was apprehensive about wearing that bra top outfit Emma wears. Wonder what the Hellfire’s plot is going to be. This does mean Havok is older than Cyclops.

  • jason

    January was apprehensive about wearing that bra top outfit Emma wears. Wonder what the Hellfire’s plot is going to be. This does mean Havok is older than Cyclops.

  • http://rockiesreporter.wordpress.com/ Redhawk

    He doesn’t want to bastardize the X-men? So he makes Emma Frost old, Made Havok older than Cyclops, and gave Xavier Hair and had a “First Class” that looks nothing like the X-men real first 5. Yeah this one has stink all over it.

  • http://rockiesreporter.wordpress.com/ Redhawk

    He doesn’t want to bastardize the X-men? So he makes Emma Frost old, Made Havok older than Cyclops, and gave Xavier Hair and had a “First Class” that looks nothing like the X-men real first 5. Yeah this one has stink all over it.

  • Chastmastr

    Amusingly, this is actually reflective of her first appearance — since the Hellfire Club storyline was based on the Avengers episode featuring Emma infiltrating a very similar group. (Which in turn was loosely based on the real-world Hell-Fire Club connected to Dashwood.)

  • Chastmastr

    Amusingly, this is actually reflective of her first appearance — since the Hellfire Club storyline was based on the Avengers episode featuring Emma infiltrating a very similar group. (Which in turn was loosely based on the real-world Hell-Fire Club connected to Dashwood.)

  • Vajj

    Thank you Redhawk, you hit it on the head. The first 3 X movies were horrendous in terms of the movie continuity and ..well everything else. “Do you know what happens to a crappy movie that’s struck by lightening?” I rest my case.

    The one and only thing about this one I like so far (besides Emma in Hellfire gear if she indeed will be) is the costumes are at least a bit closer to what they should be. Black leather sucked and drained the X-Men of a lot of the magic.

  • Vajj

    Thank you Redhawk, you hit it on the head. The first 3 X movies were horrendous in terms of the movie continuity and ..well everything else. “Do you know what happens to a crappy movie that’s struck by lightening?” I rest my case.

    The one and only thing about this one I like so far (besides Emma in Hellfire gear if she indeed will be) is the costumes are at least a bit closer to what they should be. Black leather sucked and drained the X-Men of a lot of the magic.

  • LightningBug

    So some people are saying that magneto’s head looks too big for his body in that helmet. I’d like to point out that anybody who’s head doesn’t look big while wearing a helmet must have a head that is too small for their body. I’m sorry but that helmet looks rad.

  • LightningBug

    So some people are saying that magneto’s head looks too big for his body in that helmet. I’d like to point out that anybody who’s head doesn’t look big while wearing a helmet must have a head that is too small for their body. I’m sorry but that helmet looks rad.

  • Anonymous

    funny, all the comments are regarding magneto and emma frost, but what about xavier?, he was supposed to be bald or balding since his late teens

  • Anonymous

    funny, all the comments are regarding magneto and emma frost, but what about xavier?, he was supposed to be bald or balding since his late teens

  • Allen

    Jesus! What a bunch of whining fan boys on here! Saying the movie’s gonna suck because of a few pictures. If the internet was around years ago,how many would have said how sucky the classics were gonna be? It’s only a movie. Get your panties out of a bunch and enjoy it for what it is,entertainment.

  • LightningBug

    I’m sure he’ll be bald by the end of the movie, probably because he uses his brain so hard in the pivotal battle at the climax of the film. This movie is really the secret origin of Professor X’s baldness.

  • LightningBug

    I’m sure he’ll be bald by the end of the movie, probably because he uses his brain so hard in the pivotal battle at the climax of the film. This movie is really the secret origin of Professor X’s baldness.

  • LightningBug

    And I’m sure he’ll be crippled too.

  • LightningBug

    And I’m sure he’ll be crippled too.

  • Hmmmmmbuhhahahahah

    Just swap January “I’m a Prostitute” Jones for Uma Thurman in Kill Bill with teh Yellow Jumpsuit. God awful is an understatment.

  • Hmmmmmbuhhahahahah

    Just swap January “I’m a Prostitute” Jones for Uma Thurman in Kill Bill with teh Yellow Jumpsuit. God awful is an understatment.

  • Cfgodwell

    I don’t have a problem with them doing a period piece explaining Xavier and Magnetos origin or the building of the academy. My problem is if this is in fact tied to the other 3 movies and that God forsaken Wolverine movie, how are they going to explain EMMA FROST being a teen in the movie that takes place AFTER this film, where she is obviously a voluptuous grown woman?

    Can anyone stop staring at her breasts long enough to answer that???