Matthew Vaughn Reveals New ‘X-Men: First Class’ Photos, Hates That First Lineup Shot

Have you seen enough new photos from “X-Men: First Class” to satisfy you for the week? Silly question — of course you haven’t! Well, you’re in luck, because Matthew Vaughn himself has provided two more glimpses at his currently shooting superhero prequel.

Vaughn reached out to Slash Film to unveil these new photos featuring Michael Fassbender in the thick of the action as a helmet-clad Magneto, while James McAvoy gets his telepathy on as Professor Charles Xavier in the second photo.

One of the reasons that Vaughn sent these pictures out is because he felt frustrated over the initial, unauthorized “X-Men: First Class” photo that premiered online earlier this week: “I freaked out on [Fox] 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— is this s—?’ and Fox is running around trying to figure out what happened as well.” he added. “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’m a fan of X-Men. We’re not bastardizing X-Men, I’m trying to get them back to being whole again,” he said of the film’s tone. “It’s definitely more serious and more realistic, and I think that’s something that had to happen. That’s my feeling about the world we live in right now. I think the glossy colorful superhero film sorta had its day. I think Batman Begins started it, Dark Knight, dare I say Kick-Ass was fun and it had some real pop to it, but at the same time we grounded it in reality as much as possible.”

“I think that’s what the audience wants,” he explained. “And that why that image is more Fantastic Four than it is X-Men. And I say that with all due respect to the Fantastic Four team. That was then and this is now. It’s a different time. I mean, look at me — I’m not exactly mister light.”

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