New International Posters for X-Men: First Class Continue a Legacy of Bad Photoshopping
04.19.11 by Ryan
While the trailer and TV spot for director Matthew Vaughn's upcoming X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class, shows a potentially exciting comic book movie, the posters have seemed like an afterthought.
The poster campaign started innocently enough, with a teaser poster that featured the school crest for Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Two character posters followed, one which showed Charles Xavier, a.k.a. Professor X (James McAvoy), standing in front of the Xavier School, and another that showed Erik Lensherr, a.k.a. Magneto (Michael Fassbender), standing in front of a concentration camp — a part of the character's origin that was first explored in 2000's X-Men.
Both character posters were obviously created in the image-altering software Photoshop (or an equivalent), and have the distinction of being better than the two character teaser posters which took the silhouettes of Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) from the previous X-Men movies, and added McAvoy's and Fassbender's faces to the shadowy shapes as if they were disembodied phantoms visiting the future version of the character. Even McAvoy agreed these posters are strange, telling MTV he had "no idea" what was going on in them.
I really had to sit on Patrick Stewart's lap [for that image]. The only thing they photoshopped was to make him all dark.
Empire has debuted the UK poster for First Class, which continues the tradition of bad photoshopping and includes the faces and bodies (but not always necks) of McAvoy, Fassbender,
Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, January Jones as Emma Frost, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Jason Flemying as Azazel, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, Zoë Kravitz as Angel Salvadore, and, what we think is Lucas Till as Havok very far in the background (the Spanish version of the poster uses less characters and a different background, but the same technique). The characters seem to be walking toward us, as if to say, "First Class is coming to theaters soon," which, if that is the sole purpose, then the poster succeeds.
X-Men: First Class was adapted by Vaughn's Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman, from an idea conceived by producer Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men movies. The cast also includes Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, Oliver Platt as The Man in Black, and Edi Gathegi as Darwin.