What’s Going On With X-Men: First Class?

By now, you’ve all seen the infamous X-Men: First Class cast photo. If you didn’t like it, you’re not alone: Matthew Vaughn, the director of the film, took the photo to task earlier this week with some truly choice words: “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.’”

Considering that a hi-res version of that same photo is now available, it certainly seems as if the photo is Fox-approved. And while Vaughn’s comments are refreshingly honest, perhaps they’re reflective of some greater difficulties surrounding First Class. El Mayimbe at Latino Review (via CBR’s Comics Reel) reports on some of these rumored woes, not the least of which is the fact that “the movie is still shooting in LA while Vaughn is somewhere else editing.” The production isn’t merely shooting pick-ups, according to the report, but rather “six weeks – almost a whole film – worth of stuff.” Latino Review writes that Vaughn and his crew “ran from location to location but never got the right stuff, or stuff that worked,” and that “that hot mess of a film has not been coming together.”

There’s no way of confirming or denying the report — even Latino Review points out that Fox reps will deny the story — but even Vaughn himself has confessed to some difficulties on the film: “I’ve never worked under such time pressure. The good thing about the independent world is I never even knew if I was going to get distribution. I’m used to finishing a film and then crossing your fingers that someone is going to like it. This is totally doing it the other way around. We’ve definitely got a release date and we’ve got to make it.”

So, what do you think? Do you believe the Latino Review report, or are you confident in what you’ve seen from First Class so far?

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  • https://twitter.com/#!/haversam [A]

    Trainwreck..?

  • https://twitter.com/#!/haversam [A]

    Trainwreck..?

  • Anonymous

    First rumors of a poor reception for Green Lantern and now tidings of a messy production for First Class?

    Well, I’m not really surprised about First Class as it DEFINITELY comes across as a rushed project compared to the other films coming out next summer.

  • Anonymous

    First rumors of a poor reception for Green Lantern and now tidings of a messy production for First Class?

    Well, I’m not really surprised about First Class as it DEFINITELY comes across as a rushed project compared to the other films coming out next summer.

  • BATman

    I don’t know whose First Class this is but it isn’t the original X-Men.

    First class mess is what this looks like and that has nothing to do with Mr. Vaughn. It has to do with the choice of characters used, none of which is the true first class of X-Men.

    Zero interest.

  • BATman

    I don’t know whose First Class this is but it isn’t the original X-Men.

    First class mess is what this looks like and that has nothing to do with Mr. Vaughn. It has to do with the choice of characters used, none of which is the true first class of X-Men.

    Zero interest.

  • http://dailypop.wordpress.com Daily P.O.P.

    This may all just be wily marketing on Fox’s part and I can totally understand why. With Captain America, Thor and Green Lantern already in the spotlight, X-Men has to work fast at getting some attention. Any publicity, even negative, will get people talking about thus movie. Look at Green Hornet which was kept alive for three years mainly by (mostly negative) word of mouth.

  • http://dailypop.wordpress.com Daily P.O.P.

    This may all just be wily marketing on Fox’s part and I can totally understand why. With Captain America, Thor and Green Lantern already in the spotlight, X-Men has to work fast at getting some attention. Any publicity, even negative, will get people talking about thus movie. Look at Green Hornet which was kept alive for three years mainly by (mostly negative) word of mouth.

  • http://twitter.com/drunkjack00 Jack Derunk

    Fox continues to fuck things up with their Marvel properties. I wish Marvel/Disney could get those properties back. Both Fox and Sony seem to be utterly clueless and floundering with their productions.

  • http://twitter.com/drunkjack00 Jack Derunk

    Fox continues to fuck things up with their Marvel properties. I wish Marvel/Disney could get those properties back. Both Fox and Sony seem to be utterly clueless and floundering with their productions.

  • http://www.origamikid.wordpress.com origamikid

    Sony are pretty on-top of Spider-Man again in all fairness. Even with the well timed releases such as the first Spider-man photo hitting just as the Captain America photos went around.

    On top of that the Andrew Garfield Spidey photo has been nothing but well received, I think FOX need to sort themselves out without a doubt though. It’s pretty much a fact at this point that the movie is still filming, which considering how close the release date is…well it doesn’t bode well!

  • http://www.origamikid.wordpress.com origamikid

    Sony are pretty on-top of Spider-Man again in all fairness. Even with the well timed releases such as the first Spider-man photo hitting just as the Captain America photos went around.

    On top of that the Andrew Garfield Spidey photo has been nothing but well received, I think FOX need to sort themselves out without a doubt though. It’s pretty much a fact at this point that the movie is still filming, which considering how close the release date is…well it doesn’t bode well!

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

    “nothing but well received” Well that’s not true. Pop over to the new photo. Everybody there hates it.

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

    “nothing but well received” Well that’s not true. Pop over to the new photo. Everybody there hates it.

  • RAF

    FOX, FOX, FOX?

    When will you stop screwing with this franchise & with its directors, X-Men 3 & Wolverine were shooted under the same conditions more or less & they were really not memorable.

    Fantastic Four & Daredevil were merely B movies…

    When will you stop ???

  • RAF

    FOX, FOX, FOX?

    When will you stop screwing with this franchise & with its directors, X-Men 3 & Wolverine were shooted under the same conditions more or less & they were really not memorable.

    Fantastic Four & Daredevil were merely B movies…

    When will you stop ???

  • JMC

    I think he’s referring to the majority of the normal, well balanced public, and not a bunch of fanboy losers who bitch and moan about everything.

  • JMC

    I think he’s referring to the majority of the normal, well balanced public, and not a bunch of fanboy losers who bitch and moan about everything.

  • JMC

    I think the only question Fox will be asking post release of this film, regardless of quality, is if the X-Men franchise can survive without the Wolverine character in it. If it can’t I can see them letting the porperty lie low until Hugh Jackman has finished as Wolverine and they can recast and reboot the entire franchise a few years from now.

  • JMC

    I think the only question Fox will be asking post release of this film, regardless of quality, is if the X-Men franchise can survive without the Wolverine character in it. If it can’t I can see them letting the porperty lie low until Hugh Jackman has finished as Wolverine and they can recast and reboot the entire franchise a few years from now.

  • Colierrannd2

    It starts with casting James Mcavoy in anything. I have yet to be impressed by him in any way shape or form (I can’t believe some people recommended him for Bond). Secondly FOX just has no idea what they’re doing. They allowed X3 to happen instead of waiting for Singer to finish Superman Returns (now the most underrated superhero film ever) and they seem intent on focusing on the Magneto/Xavier relationship more than anything else. This would not be bad if it was in other people’s hands but it’s not. But I’m looking forward to Thor and Captain America more anyway.

  • http://www.origamikid.wordpress.com origamikid

    hahahaha yeah pretty much, besides this “new” photo that you are referring to is I imagine the stunt photos released. That costume is the stripped down version and anyone with half a brain knows that it already looks better than the previous suit.

    The high-res costume of Garfield looks bloody incredible,