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Jan. 19, 2011by: Mike Sampson

As hard as it may be to believe, that is an actual promo photo for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. It first leaked to the web yesterday afternoon and as soon as I saw it, I was confused. It had many things right (the costumes for example were too right on to be faked) but so many, many things wrong, I didn't know what to think. The first official photo from a highly anticipated geek property couldn't be this badly Photoshopped, could it? Fox wouldn't release it in such lo-res would they? As it turns out, they didn't.

The photo, as you see it above, was never meant to hit the web. MSN was set to debut the first image from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS on their site along with an early interview with Michael Fassbender (Magneto). Somehow an early comp of the image made it into their public image gallery, a fan found it and the rest is unfortunate history.

Fox tried to cram the genie back in the bottle last night (and that's the reason you're only first reading this on JoBlo.com now, as we politely complied with Fox's request that we not post) but sadly twas not to be. The pic was out there and the fanboys were freaking out (and rightfully so).

I'm told the official color-corrected, hi-res image will be up this morning but is the damage already done? If the idea was to start the pre-publicity campaign for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS off on the right foot, this was the opposite.

There will no doubtedly be more photos released to help quell the tide and assure fans that what you see above is not what to be expected when the film hits theaters this summer.

What was your first reaction when you saw the image above? Did it leave a bad taste in your mouth?

Source: MSN

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12:31PM on 01/22/2011
Why is there a Victoria's Secret Angel in this photo?
Why is there a Victoria's Secret Angel in this photo?
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7:47AM on 01/20/2011
Yahoo! has the hi-res pic here: [link]
Yahoo! has the hi-res pic here: [link]
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1:16AM on 01/20/2011

Should of saw this before I posted on the other article

BOOOO Beast should not be blue here.
BOOOO Beast should not be blue here.
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9:08PM on 01/19/2011

They look cool

Like the matching costumes and Jones looks hot as fuck.
Like the matching costumes and Jones looks hot as fuck.
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6:41PM on 01/19/2011
I thought Fassbender, Byrne and Jones looked fine but all the others looked badly photoshopped. Hopefully the end result is better.

I greatly enjoyed Stardust and Kick-Ass (I should probably watch L4yer Cak3) so I trust Vaughn to do a good job with this. I'm just waiting for the trailer to see whether this looks cool or just silly.
I thought Fassbender, Byrne and Jones looked fine but all the others looked badly photoshopped. Hopefully the end result is better.

I greatly enjoyed Stardust and Kick-Ass (I should probably watch L4yer Cak3) so I trust Vaughn to do a good job with this. I'm just waiting for the trailer to see whether this looks cool or just silly.
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6:20PM on 01/19/2011
To all the people saying that it is stupid to judge this movie based off a pic are the same people who talk about Transformers like it's the plague. That pic is whack as fuck and you know it! I bet the revised pic won't be that much better. Being a huge fan of X-men I hope I am proved wrong.
To all the people saying that it is stupid to judge this movie based off a pic are the same people who talk about Transformers like it's the plague. That pic is whack as fuck and you know it! I bet the revised pic won't be that much better. Being a huge fan of X-men I hope I am proved wrong.
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5:42PM on 01/19/2011
Well, now we know that the breakout star of this movie will be January Jones' balloon breasts.
Well, now we know that the breakout star of this movie will be January Jones' balloon breasts.
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5:19PM on 01/19/2011
I don't care if it's an unfinished pic, I actually LIKE it! Kinda preferred naked mystique myself, and Beast looks more like Nightcrawler than Beast but I'm digging the individual costumes. I just hope the early trailer description was wrong about Havok shooting the beam from his chest instead of his fists tho. I also think this girl 'angel' might as well be Pixie. But for an early look it's not bad at all. I say bring on the trailer!
I don't care if it's an unfinished pic, I actually LIKE it! Kinda preferred naked mystique myself, and Beast looks more like Nightcrawler than Beast but I'm digging the individual costumes. I just hope the early trailer description was wrong about Havok shooting the beam from his chest instead of his fists tho. I also think this girl 'angel' might as well be Pixie. But for an early look it's not bad at all. I say bring on the trailer!
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4:49PM on 01/19/2011

honestly....

i'm still trying to digest the batman casting news. really don't care about this movie. tho emma frost looks really hot.
i'm still trying to digest the batman casting news. really don't care about this movie. tho emma frost looks really hot.
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4:29PM on 01/19/2011
When the first costume pictures leaked for the first movie I absolutely hated them... until I saw the trailer. I'll wait for the trailer to pass judgment on this.
When the first costume pictures leaked for the first movie I absolutely hated them... until I saw the trailer. I'll wait for the trailer to pass judgment on this.
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3:13PM on 01/19/2011

I'm willing to give it a chance

I mean, it's a leaked early pic...plus i dont get too ruffled over such things. The cast seems good, and i have faith in the direction.
I mean, it's a leaked early pic...plus i dont get too ruffled over such things. The cast seems good, and i have faith in the direction.
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2:04PM on 01/19/2011
Byrne and Jones look very very hot. Besides that the rest looks like crap
Byrne and Jones look very very hot. Besides that the rest looks like crap
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1:56PM on 01/19/2011
January Jones looks hot as Frost, but part of me still wanted to see Alice Eve. Other than her, it looks like a TV series photo, not too impressed.
January Jones looks hot as Frost, but part of me still wanted to see Alice Eve. Other than her, it looks like a TV series photo, not too impressed.
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1:45PM on 01/19/2011
The man that made Kickass and Stardust is making Xmen in the sixties, what are you people complaining about?! And he's got a hell of a group of actors playing some of the coolest possible mutants! So what if this photo is not very imposing, or if he's taken some liberties with the material? The story of the Xmen is ever mutating anyway.
The man that made Kickass and Stardust is making Xmen in the sixties, what are you people complaining about?! And he's got a hell of a group of actors playing some of the coolest possible mutants! So what if this photo is not very imposing, or if he's taken some liberties with the material? The story of the Xmen is ever mutating anyway.
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1:25PM on 01/19/2011

It's still going to be better than Ratner's attempt

I think Vaughn will surprise us
I think Vaughn will surprise us
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3:40PM on 01/19/2011
Even X-Men Origins was worse than X3.
Even X-Men Origins was worse than X3.
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1:09PM on 01/19/2011

Oh man

This is going to suck, just watch. Who the fuck is the red guy in the background? Is that supposed to be Magneto? I can't even think of anyone in the X-Men mythos who was red like that but i admit i'm not that well versed.
This is going to suck, just watch. Who the fuck is the red guy in the background? Is that supposed to be Magneto? I can't even think of anyone in the X-Men mythos who was red like that but i admit i'm not that well versed.
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8:27PM on 01/19/2011
The "red guy" is Azazel, Nightcrawler's father.
The "red guy" is Azazel, Nightcrawler's father.
12:57PM on 01/19/2011
Wait, so the photo needed to be taken down so they could airbrush it? In other words, take what it ACTUALLY looks like... and then try make it look GOOD? Just checking if I understand this.
Wait, so the photo needed to be taken down so they could airbrush it? In other words, take what it ACTUALLY looks like... and then try make it look GOOD? Just checking if I understand this.
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12:53PM on 01/19/2011

Let's get all internet

Let's get all internet and judge superhero movies by pics like this. Yay! We're insiders.
Let's get all internet and judge superhero movies by pics like this. Yay! We're insiders.
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12:53PM on 01/19/2011
I was ok with it when I saw it, the pic did look some what photoshopped but like it was said, this looked to real to be fake, I still think they look cool! loving Emma Frost in he pic!
I was ok with it when I saw it, the pic did look some what photoshopped but like it was said, this looked to real to be fake, I still think they look cool! loving Emma Frost in he pic!
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12:39PM on 01/19/2011
Mystique was part of the original X-MEN???
Mystique was part of the original X-MEN???
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12:32PM on 01/19/2011

wait

tyhey replaced Ian McKellan with Michael Fassbender, talk about a drop off and the costume looks ridiculous on them.
tyhey replaced Ian McKellan with Michael Fassbender, talk about a drop off and the costume looks ridiculous on them.
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12:28PM on 01/19/2011
When the trailer comes online, I'll make a decision on it.
When the trailer comes online, I'll make a decision on it.
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11:49AM on 01/19/2011
Well at least 'some' fans are getting what they want: cheesy/shitty costumes that look like they stepped off the front page of a comic book.
Well at least 'some' fans are getting what they want: cheesy/shitty costumes that look like they stepped off the front page of a comic book.
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11:31AM on 01/19/2011
Woops. Hey, did I mention this will suck?
Woops. Hey, did I mention this will suck?
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11:29AM on 01/19/2011
Similar thing with that RED DAWN Wolverines pic,only that was a leaked make-up test photo.
Similar thing with that RED DAWN Wolverines pic,only that was a leaked make-up test photo.
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11:28AM on 01/19/2011
They can release a high-res pic or a sloppy sketch on a bar napkin, nothing will tell me this movie won't blow. Aside from most of X2 and some moments in X1, attempts at putting Marvel's mutants on film have been big failures . . .
They can release a high-res pic or a sloppy sketch on a bar napkin, nothing will tell me this movie won't blow. Aside from most of X2 and some moments in X1, attempts at putting Marvel's mutants on film have been big failures . . .
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11:18AM on 01/19/2011
The picture isn't so bad. I mean I'm not going to write this movie off entirely because of one photoshop looking picture.

I am a die hard X-Men fan and hope the movies does well, but there are too many question marks for this film. And also, my biggest complaint against the movie is that there is no Cyclops AND/OR Jean Grey.

Also, I feel the storylines and all the characters connections won't be done very well or with enough care.
The picture isn't so bad. I mean I'm not going to write this movie off entirely because of one photoshop looking picture.

I am a die hard X-Men fan and hope the movies does well, but there are too many question marks for this film. And also, my biggest complaint against the movie is that there is no Cyclops AND/OR Jean Grey.

Also, I feel the storylines and all the characters connections won't be done very well or with enough care.
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11:10AM on 01/19/2011
Looks like total SHIT
Looks like total SHIT
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10:50AM on 01/19/2011
Disney!... For the love of god, throw some weight around, throw as much money at Fox as you have to, anything you have to do to get your properties away from this company.
Disney!... For the love of god, throw some weight around, throw as much money at Fox as you have to, anything you have to do to get your properties away from this company.
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10:22AM on 01/19/2011
Actually, this makes me less interested then I already was. I must admit that I hate the costumes.
Actually, this makes me less interested then I already was. I must admit that I hate the costumes.
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10:06AM on 01/19/2011

Not judging....

...until I see a trailer. Pictures don't say shit.
...until I see a trailer. Pictures don't say shit.
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11:30AM on 01/19/2011
This one definitely says SHIT.
This one definitely says SHIT.
10:05AM on 01/19/2011

The Shitty Pic Isn't the Problem...

...its the line-up. In whatever world were Emma Frost, Azazel. Havok, Angel II, Beast and Mystique ever on a team together, let alone the FIRST CLASS? Hell, why the FUCK is Azazel an X-man anyway?!

Will this film be better than Wolverine and X-3? More than likely. Will it still suck ass because it continues to piss on the X-men source material? Absolutely.
...its the line-up. In whatever world were Emma Frost, Azazel. Havok, Angel II, Beast and Mystique ever on a team together, let alone the FIRST CLASS? Hell, why the FUCK is Azazel an X-man anyway?!

Will this film be better than Wolverine and X-3? More than likely. Will it still suck ass because it continues to piss on the X-men source material? Absolutely.
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10:04AM on 01/19/2011
I like it. Looks very retro.
I like it. Looks very retro.
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11:31AM on 01/19/2011
Whatever, aside from the uniform color and Emma's slutty getup, there's nothing retro here.
Whatever, aside from the uniform color and Emma's slutty getup, there's nothing retro here.
9:58AM on 01/19/2011
i think this is tad of an overreaction. does anyone really think 1 single low res still is gonna make 1 shred of difference as to whether or not this movie is successful? i am nothing but optimistic about this bad boy. good cast, solid director, and a fresh take. lets at least wait for a trailer before we start worrying
i think this is tad of an overreaction. does anyone really think 1 single low res still is gonna make 1 shred of difference as to whether or not this movie is successful? i am nothing but optimistic about this bad boy. good cast, solid director, and a fresh take. lets at least wait for a trailer before we start worrying
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9:49AM on 01/19/2011
More like "X-Men: Coach"

This joke will kill at the aviation convention.
More like "X-Men: Coach"

This joke will kill at the aviation convention.
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9:40AM on 01/19/2011
I really don't think this will damage the movie's prospects, very much. The vast majority of movie-goers will never even know about this minor fiasco, if you can even call it that.

Oh, and January Jones is hawt. Still wish Alice Eve would have kept the part, though.
I really don't think this will damage the movie's prospects, very much. The vast majority of movie-goers will never even know about this minor fiasco, if you can even call it that.

Oh, and January Jones is hawt. Still wish Alice Eve would have kept the part, though.
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9:27AM on 01/19/2011
January Jones looks Puuurrrrrrrrrrfect. The rest....eh. Look forward to the hi-res tho.
January Jones looks Puuurrrrrrrrrrfect. The rest....eh. Look forward to the hi-res tho.
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9:24AM on 01/19/2011
I don't know why they keep putting the useless character that is Mystique in these movies.
I don't know why they keep putting the useless character that is Mystique in these movies.
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9:37AM on 01/19/2011
She's an important character in the X-Men mythos because she's connected to so many of them, in one way or another. And, it's just cool to have a shape-shifting character to play around with in the movies. It's as simple as that.
She's an important character in the X-Men mythos because she's connected to so many of them, in one way or another. And, it's just cool to have a shape-shifting character to play around with in the movies. It's as simple as that.
9:51AM on 01/19/2011
PLus, she's almost naked in it.
PLus, she's almost naked in it.
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9:17AM on 01/19/2011
I dont really see the problem.. Yes I would have preferred it to be bigger but thatll come out soon anyway. The picture itself is fine and January Jones looks awesome.
I dont really see the problem.. Yes I would have preferred it to be bigger but thatll come out soon anyway. The picture itself is fine and January Jones looks awesome.
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