New Trailer for ‘X-Men: First Class’. Will This Be the Summer’s Best Superhero Movie?

As I mentioned in this week’s podcast about the most anticipated films of the Summer, the only superhero movie that I have any interest in seeing is Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. The first two X-Men films were rather excellent while X3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine were rather underwhelming, but past franchise success has no effect on my desire to see it. Matthew Vaughn is the director of Layer Cake, one of my favorite movies of 2004, but that also has no effect on my desire to see it. Up until this week my sole interest in seeing X-Men: First Class was due to the cast.

All of the X-Men movies have lined up brilliant thespians, and First Class is no exception. Supporting players include Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Rose Byrne (Sunshine), January Jones (“Mad Men”), Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man), and Kevin Bacon among others. The lead roles are shared by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender – two of the brightest young actors working today. Even if Vaughn is off his game this talented batch of performs should at least be able to raise the film to something above mediocre.

A new full-length trailer has been released for X-Men: First Class courtesy of Yahoo! Movies and it actually looks like this movie could be fantastic. The action scenes are solid and don’t appear to be over-indulgent and the performances look strong. It’s very difficult and unfair to judge a film based on its trailer, but my excitement has been raised and I am beginning to see a glimmer of hope in the otherwise dim Summer movie season.

Check out the trailer below and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

X-Men: First Class will be in theatres in the U.S. on June 3, 2011.

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  • I am hardly thinking of this Summer as dim. Look at what was coming out last Summer, and this year’s selections easily outweigh it by a long shot.

  • Owen

    When I first heard that they were going back and rebooting this, focusing on the “school” aspect, I had very very low hopes. I thought they would pander to the “twilight” audience ultimately.

    After the first trailer, I was convinced that that assumption was wrong, and that they had made a quality CB movie.

    After, this trailer, now I think it may not only be a good CB movie, but just a good movie in general. I’m now thoroughly excited for the release of this movie.

    Though the mutants aren’t as well known (Havok, Banshee, etc) they still have enough of the more well known ones that it will draw in even casual fans of the series.

  • @Duncan Houst – I was a lot more excited for ‘Inception’, ‘Scott Pilgrim’, ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘The Kids Are All Right’ than I am for most of the movies this summer has to offer.

  • True, but all of those were inevitably hype mongering films, most of which delivered. I also remember being largely dissatisfied with “Prince of Persia”, “Iron Man 2”, “Robin Hood”, “The Last Airbender”, “The A-Team”, and countless other high profile releases. If this Summer doesn’t offer as many massive hits as last year, it still won’t offer as many massive failures.

  • Jose

    Finally! A website that doesn’t have a bunch of nerds complaining about all of the continuity errors in the movie and a bunch of other stuff!

    And this is also the superhero movie I’m looking forward to the most this summer and guess how much stares I get from comic book fans in my college. Either way it looks like it could be amazing.

    And I agree with Duncan, there are a lot of stuff this Summer to look forward to.

  • The X-Men 3 disaster made me forget that X-Men 1 and 2 were really good. If Bryan Singer were directing this then I would be really excited.

  • I think that Singer deserves some of the credit for the first two X-Men movies, but the actors are really what brought those movies to a higher level. With Ian McKellen AND Patrick Stewart it’s hard to miss.

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