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By Rob M. Worley     January 20, 2011
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X-MEN Update from
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Mega X-Men: First Class updates with new photos and insights. Plus: Another look at the Spider-Man filming. Smallville guest heroes named. Comic book movies blitz Super Bowl and more! It's your Comics2Film T minus 7!




Comics-To-Film Blitz Super Bowl XLV

The Hollywood Reporter unveiled the trailer line up for this year's Super Bowl XLV. It'll be a fun year of advertisements for comic book movie fans.

Marvel's two big releases Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger will enjoy trailers during the big game.

Likewise, Universal/DreamWorks/Platinum Studios' Cowboys & Aliens will get a blurb.

And lets not forget the somewhat-comics-themed Transformers: The Dark of the Moon, which will have a nod as well.

Meanwhile Sony is conserving it's publicity dollars by airing trailers for the manhwa-based Priest during the pre-game show.

And with the game airing on Fox, you'd think the networks film-making sister would place a spot for the new X-Men movie, but the Report makes no mention of any 20th Century Fox films. Warner Bros is also sitting out the spectacle, so don't look for the Green Lantern to make an appearance.

An there are many more movies making their trailer debut on during the big game, so it looks to be a good year for film fans.



C2F Quick Hits

  • In case you missed the big news yesterday: Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
  • Variety reports that mega-star/film producer Will Smith is looking to remake  Annie. This would be an update of the Broadway musical based on the classic comic strip Li'l Orphan Annie. Smith would develop it as a vehicle for his daughter Willow. Jay-Z is said to be working on the music for the film which indicates that it'll angle towards contemporary music and shun singable faves like, "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow."
  • TV Line reveals that we can expect Booster Gold and Blue Beetle to show up on Smallville before it's over. They're reportedly looking for a young Nathan Fillion type to play booster and a nerdy Latino teen for Beetle.
  • Sebastian Stan tells MTV Splash Page that he'll likely be filming reshoots on Captain America: The First Avenger in the upcoming months. He also has nice things to say about Chris Evans.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Another Look at SPIDER-MAN

Fans have posted another angle on that Spider-Man traffic stunt on YouTube. We're guessing this chaotic scene, which has Spidey fleeing on foot, precedes a sequence where he invents his web-spinners. That's just our guess...



Mega X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Updates!

The floodgates are open on X-Men: First Class content on the web.

There are now high-res versions of that leaked image from yesterday. You can find one here at IGN.

But don't let director Matthew Vaughn catch you looking at it. He hates that photo as much as you do!

"I freaked out on [Fox publicity] 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," Vaughn told in an exclusive interview. "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’…"

Vaughn wants to assure fans that he's not out to take a quick dump on a lucrative franchise. He's doing the movie because he cares.

"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 told the site and added that the costumes are a nod towards the comic versions that the previous films lacked. "The costumes are blue and yellow as well, because fuck 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…"

To make up for the crappy team shot that is out in the wild, Vaughn gave SlashFilm two cool images, depicting Professor X and Magneto as they appear in the film.

 Magento (Michael Fassbender) dons the helmet and action gear in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

 Xavier (James McAvoy) gets mental in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

But that's not all. Vaughn also chats up Hero Complex about the movie and provides three more images from the film, including a nice shot of January Jones looking positively shag-a-delic as Emma Frost.

That article also contains a mention that producer Bryan Singer is still looking to direct a new mutant movie "in the near future." Last year, when Singer bowed out of directing First Class he and producer Lauren Schuler Donner talked about a take on X-Men 4 that Singer found compelling.

 Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and Emma Frost (January Jones) in X-MEN FIRST CLASS

 The beginnings of young Charles Xavier's school for the gifted in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) enjoy a chess match in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

And Vaughn isn't the only one chatting up the press.

Heat Vision sat down with Jennifer Lawrence who plays young Mystique in the movie. As with Rebecca Romijn before her, she's suffering through that blue, scaly makeup, not to mention an intense diet and exercise program designed to transform her into Magneto's ultra-dangerous right-hand woman.

Meanwhile, IGN goes in-depth with the lovely Ms. Jones who also had to figure out how to look as amazing as the comic character with little time for a work-out regimen. But moving quickly is a hallmark of the X-films.

"When I heard it was coming out that quickly, I had a lot of questions. They're editing as we go, doing the visual effects as we go. Obviously, I have a lot of faith in the people we're using for those things," Jones said adding, "From what I've seen it looks amazingly incredible. Just Emma Frost's diamond form alone I've never seen anything like it."

She also described the genesis of the Hellfire Club in the film.

"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," Jones said. "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."

Finally, she did make a revealing comment about how the movie impacts the previous films, and world history as well.

"I think it's just an intelligent story as well because of the history, it's a period piece, it brings in a lot of characters' backstories. You can see Professor X and Magneto and how this all came about and Sebastian Shaw," she said. "It's not just all in-your-face action. There's also a real dramatic storyline underneath it that makes it much more interesting. I also think it was very smart to take a real-life historical event like the Cuban Missile Crisis or whatever it is during that time in 1962 and weave all these different storylines of these mutants. It's a really good idea that makes you feel like it could have happened or that maybe it did. I think having it set in that time will just take it up a notch."

You still need more X-Stuff? How about the film's official teaser poster, courtesy of Ain't it Cool:

 The official teaser poster for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS


Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9, named by School Library Journal as one of the "Best Comics for Kids 2010"! Issues #1, #2, #3 and #4 are in stores now. The paperback collection is coming in March and available for pre-order . Visit for news and info!


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InnerSanctum 1/20/2011 7:24:37 AM

 Oh, so it is taking its cue from Madmen the TV series...but, with mutants.  Magneto's helmet is more true to the comics.  And, I like the costumes much better than the leather attire that Singer used.  

jamiekage 1/20/2011 7:27:26 AM

Is X-Men gonna have Cyclops in it?  I don't see his name on IMDB, but I do see Havok.  The first round of films did a pretty bad job with him, hoping they get it right this time, if he's even in it at all.

jedibanner 1/20/2011 7:30:04 AM

Well, at least THESE pictures of First Class bring more then that horrible picture yesterday. AND to know that it's not the director's or Fox's intention to send out the picture makes it more interesting that they aren't going into that direction. Good news...

InnerSanctum 1/20/2011 7:32:02 AM

 On an up note (or, a down note for the character), maybe we finally see how Xavier becomes both bald and crippled.  

InnerSanctum 1/20/2011 7:52:38 AM, it DOES supposed to follow the movie continuity.  I think .  Now, I am confused.  

joeybaloney 1/20/2011 7:57:42 AM

"... it was very smart to take a real-life historical event like the Cuban Missile Crisis or whatever it is.."

Or whatever indeed.

VivaxHate 1/20/2011 8:07:49 AM

 I dig the costumes for First Class, I feel their choice of mutants is questionable though... I mean assuming that there is some sort of continuity with the other X-films (leaving obvious Emma Frost thing aside) shouldn't Jean at least be a part of the team seeing as how in X3 Xavier and Magneto recruit her together? I would really love to see X-men done all over  (and done right) in like ten years.

Roqueja 1/20/2011 8:15:35 AM

joeybaloney must be a mutant because he read my mind, indeed.

monkeyfoot 1/20/2011 8:16:04 AM

I know alot of you hate this X-Men:First Class movie but I am pumped! I find the story idea great, along with the cast, director, and the style. I'm hoping it's as good as I think it can be.

I know alot of the anger at it is from fanboys that don't want the evil FOX studios in charge of it all and movieverse that Bryan Singer created originally that they are sticking with. Well, GeeWillikers - get over it!

The orignal trilogy of movies were very successful as well as the last Wolverine movie. Yes, it is different in continuity from the comics along with other changes but whether you want it or like it, this version of the X-Men will be the one in film form for awhile. Since it exists you can either choose to ignore them and boycott them or you can root for them to do really great movies you can enjoy in the franchise they've created.

8man 1/20/2011 8:26:09 AM

It has the look of a 1960's British spy televison series. 

"Mrs. Peel, we're needed..."

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