New “X-Men” Photos, Posters & Talk

20th Century Fox has issued a bigger version of the cast promo photo for the upcoming “X-Men: First Class”. The previous photo that hit the web was leaked early and apparently wasn’t finished.

Director Matthew Vaughn rushes to explain that “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–k is this s–t, 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.”

The studio has gone full ball with other and better looking “X-Men” promo material today – releasing the first five stills via Hero Complex and /Film and a new teaser poster via AICN. Check ’em all out below and click for the larger versions.

Vaughn, along with various actors from the film have also given interviews about it and revealed some interesting new details. The biggest surprise is that the project is still very much filming and everyone’s under the gun to meet the June 3rd deadline.

Despite the stress, Vaughn says that he is very bullish about the film’s chances in comparison to the other superhero films hitting this Summer – “With ‘Green Lantern,’ I don’t know about that one, I couldn’t get my head around the trailer, to be honest … look, I will say the following: X-Men as a brand is bigger than Captain America, Thor and the Green Lantern, all put together” he says.

In terms of the period setting and the costumes, he says that “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.” He also added that he’s unsure when a trailer will premiere.

James McAvoy tells the paper that he is complimenting Patrick Stewart’s performance as he takes on the role of a young Professor Charles X. Xavier – “This isn’t a reboot, so I’m not replacing anyone, in which case you might want to try to be as different as possible and stay away from what had been done before. This is a prequel, so I’m the same character, just younger, but the challenge for me – and for Michael [Fassbender] – is to show the same person in a different place in their life; to show someone before they’re this bad guy, before they’re this saint. Charles wasn’t always a … monk, this selfless, sexless monk that he becomes.”

Michael Fassbender tells MSN that the film “does deal with each individual mutant, and the ones they’ve chosen are all very much individuals and unique personalities with unique gifts. What’s interesting is that we’ve gone back to a period where the mutants don’t know that there are other people out there like them. They just think they’re freaks and outcasts from society”.

Kevin Bacon tells Moviefone that you won’t see much of his character’s backstory in the film and that he’s contractually signed for further films. There’s a big sequence that takes place in a hall of mirrors, while his character also has a submarine with the interior sets matching the style of the sets of his character’s house.