See Magneto In A Helmet And Charles Xavier Being A Telepath

Apparently I’m the only person in the world with any tolerance or respect for the X-Men: First Class cast “line-up” image because now even Matthew Vaughn, the film’s director, has dismissed it:

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.

As a compensatory measure, Vaughn is putting his name to the release of two new images of the film’s duelling mutant leads. Slashfilm premiered the following, showing Magneto’s helmet and Charles Xavier’s throbbing temple.

The site also has a couple more quotes from Vaughn, including a pledge that the yellow and blue costumes are hardly in the movie. Well… this is all quite sad. Seems to me that the filmmakers are bending over to appease a baying fan base with apologies when, really, what I’d want them to do is to stand by their decisions and fight for them.

I see this all the time with comic book adaptations. Folk get all highly-strung about any change to the comic books at all, and then, conversely, when something from the comics looks a little unusual or unexpected in a real world context, the complaints of cheesiness or naffness begin.

I think there’s some real talent involved in First Class. I hope that talent don’t run scared and compromise their film just to try and please a small slice of the audience.