X-Men: First Class: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast 2:21.1

A Subtle Attraction?: Magneto (Michael Fassbender, left) and Professor X (James McAvoy) join forces in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.
A Subtle Attraction?: Magneto (Michael Fassbender, left) and Professor X (James McAvoy) join forces in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

It isn’t particularly well known, but mutants were with Washington when he crossed the Delaware, with Einstein when he developed the theory of relativity, and with Sarah Palin while she was waiting for Russia to raise its head above Alaska. Most specifically, they were directly engaged in the Cuban Missile Crisis — the world-changing historical event that is the backdrop for the first meeting of the psychic Professor X a.k.a. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and the magnetically-charged Erik Lehnsherr, otherwise known as Magneto (Michael Fassbender). Come join special guest Orenthal V. Hawkins as he sits in with Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons to discuss X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, the latest installment of the Marvel film franchise that uses comic book action to address some potent social issues. Does this chapter live up to the standard established by Bryan Singer? Is the first team-up of mutants — which includes Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones), and Darwin (Edi Gathegi) — as impressive as the more famous ensemble of the previous films? And is Moria MacTaggert’s (Rose Byrne) choice of lingerie government-issued, or does Victoria’s Secret sell bullet-proof brassieres? Listen to the show and find out!


'X-Men: First Class' — Featurette

Via 20th Century Fox, here’s a special featurette from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the 1960’s-set Marvel movie stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Platt, Morgan Lily, and Zoe Kravit.
Opens June 3rd, from Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox.

X-Men: First Class — Trailer

Well, here it is — the first trailer for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.
Well, I can see why 20th Century Fox didn’t air it durning the Super Bowl: Downbeat and turgid, with no charm and surprisingly little  energy, despite the action bits shown.
It looked (to me) like a sci-fi/fantasy spin on a self-important Cold War political thriller.
Hopefully, the finished film will play better, paying off on the moments that seemed more interesting in the trailer. 
It does look like it’s well photographed.
Now of course,  an advance trailer is no clear sign of the quality of a feature. Some movies have great trailers and turn out poorly, and vice-versa.
I’m sure plenty of X-Men fans were thrilled by the very serious and portentous tone of this preview.

Sneak Peek at Magento

Entertainment Weekly is offering this shot of Magneto (Michael Fassbender) from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

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We’ll have to be satisfied with the mutant leader’s back, at least until tomorrow, when 20th Century Fox will release the official trailer for the film on its Facebook Page.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, directed by Matthew Vaughn  (KICK-ASS) is set for release June 3rd.

Fassbender for 'Prometheus'?

Fassbender_edenlake_CropVariety reports that Michael Fassbender (X-MEN: FRIRST CLASS) is in talks with 20th Century Fox for Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS. 
Fassbender is up for the role of “David” and would join the already signed Noomi Rapace.
PROMETHEUS’s release date has been shifted from March 9th, 2012 to June 8th.
There’s some talk that Scott’s ‘non-ALIEN prequel’ might indeed still be tied into that franchise, though nothing solid has been reported. 
I’m going to err on the side of caution for now.

"Official" X-Men Pics, Vaughn Comments

SlashFilm is featuring a talk with X-MEN: FIRST CLASS director Matthew Vaughn, in which he disavowed the cast picture released yesterday.

“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 f*ck is this sh*t, and Fox is running around trying to figure out what happened as well…

An APPROVED shot of the cast. (yawn...) Click to Enlarge

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.”

The costumes are apparently authentic.

Yes, the costumes are real.
Yes, the costumes are real.

“The costumes are blue and yellow as well, because f*ck 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…”

Were there fans upset because the picture featured costumes that were an actual attempt to reflect the comics? I guess so, comic book fans are notoriously hard to please. I don’t read the responses on other sites.
 Personally, I was thrilled. A comic book movie brave enough to embrace its 4-Color origins. Only it seems not too closely, after all.

'X-Men: First Class Pic'—Jones on Hellfire Club

20th Century Fox released this cast picture from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

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Looks like  the costumes are intended to actually resemble the ones from the comics. Imagine that.
Over at IGN, they’re featuring an interview with January Jones (MADMEN). Among other things, they ask her about the Hellfire club and the period setting. 

“…I  can say that it doesn’t feel like a period movie. There’s obviously historical aspects in the storytelling and some of the props and stuff, but I think it feels very modern. It does take place in 1962.
One of the things that’s brought in from that time, the Hellfire Club aspect especially, is that it’s pretty — I dunno, the Bunnies and the Playboy clubs. It’s really cool. You’d think Sinatra was there. The sets are really cool and the vibe of the whole thing is really neat.”

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is due in  theaters on June 3rd.
It stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Platt, Morgan Lily, and Zoe Kravitz.
Matthew Vaugh directs, from a screenplay by Jane Goldman,
Ashley Miller, Jamie Moss, Josh Schwartz  and Zack Stentz. Story by Bryan Singer, based on the Marvel Comics characters.

Official 'X-Men 1st Class' Synopsis

X-Men_1st_Class_ComicFrom 20th Centrury Fox:

“X-MEN: FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events.
Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon.
In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men. “

Donner on X-Men, Wolverine, Deadpool

xmen_firstclass_n1At the Saturn Awards this year, producer Lauren Shuler Donner (X-MEN) discussed  X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.
Some of her comments included thoughts on casting:

 “There are a lot of factors to consider. There are two mostly. One is the best actor possible because it is a movie. Then the best actor that approximates everybody’s image of these characters.”

Donner also revealed that the  Magneto film is likely to never be made, as much of his backstory used in the David S. Goyer script will be told instead in FIRST CLASS.
Despite the mediocre success of  X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE,  she confirmed that the Wolverine sequel,  to cover the Japanese saga comic book mini-series will go foward.
Laura Schuler Donner also said that a Deadpool movie is still in the cards, and that Ryan Reynolds is still involved with the planned film:

” You know, Ryan is so committed to being Deadpool. He is Wade Wilson. Well, no, he’s Deadpool. He is so committed to it that he worked with the writers on the script. Even though he’s doing GREEN LANTERN, he’s stayed involved in that project. I’m hoping we’ll get it off the ground next year.”

Read the entire interview at  CraveOnline

More X-MEN Casting, Some Confusion

Jan_JonesFrom SuperheroHype and other online sources comes even more X-MEN: FIRST CLASS casting news, some of it a bit perplexing.
January Jones (MAD MEN) will apparently play the role of Emma Frost, although Alice Eve had previously been announced as cast as that character.
Teen actor Bill Milner will play a younger Magneto and 10-year-old Morgan Lily (2012) will be the young Raven Darkhölme, aka Mystique. (Jennifer Lawrence will play the adult version.)
Some reports say 22-year-old Zoë Kravitz (Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet’s daughter) has been announced as protraying Angel — though in the comics (and X-MEN: THE LAST STAND) Angel was the male character Warren Worthington III. Perhaps she’s actually playing another role?
Will update when the dust settles.
UPDATE:  It’s possible  Zoë Kravitz is going to play the fairly recent X-MEN addition Angel Salvadore, aka Tempest.  If so, they’re really playing fast and loose with the comic book timeline.