|X-Men: First Class concept art by Josh Kao|
The script for the X-Men prequel X-Men: First Class went through many revisions and one of the changes was the elimination of the Brazilian mutant Sunspot (Roberto Da Costa) who absorbs solar energy for super-strength, flight and enregy blasts. Director Matthew Vaughn said, "The X-Men we used were already chosen by Bryan and Fox. In the draft they gave me all of the characters were in there. We cut Sunspot because we didn't have enough time or money. They couldn't make him work, he was a pain in the a**." At the MCM Expo co-writer Ashley Miller said, "Sunspot was going to be in it, until quite a late stage. Bryan [Singer] liked the idea of ice on one side - in the symbolic form of Emma Frost - and fire on the other."
Jay "Nailbiter111" Jayson at Comic Book Movie dug up some concept art that shows what they could have looked like. Thanks to concept artist Josh Kao's blog, we get to see early concept art for both Sunspot and Emma Frost who turned into a diamond-like form.
Josh Kao is a professional concept/storyboard artist who's worked on Hollywood projects like Tron: Uprising and video games like God of War: Ascension, Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Check out the rest of the images after the jump (click to enlarge).
"These were done for Rhythm and Hues Studios for X-men First class, I think I can post these since I've seen others do the same. I rarely do characters [Ha Ha]. The background images are just photo to show how the crystal would refract and reflect light from the environment" - Josh Kao
See more of Josh Kao's work at http://josh-kao.blogspot.com
Click on the links if you want to see more of Josh Kao's work and X-Men: First Class on my blog.
Via Comic Book Movie (Nailbiter111)
What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen X-Men: First Class what did you think?
Official X-Men: First Class Synopsis
Directed by Matthew Vaughn X-Men: First Class is the thrilling, eye-opening chapter you’ve been waiting for...Witness the beginning of the X-Men Universe. Before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear war. Based on X-Men by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Cinematography byJohn Mathieson
Production Design by Chris Seagers
Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt, Kevin Bacon Release Date: May 25, 2011 (USA)
Official Site: marvel.com/movies/movie/155/x-men_first_class
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