X-Men: First Class creators using Potter as role model

MTV has an interesting article looking at how the creators of the upcoming film X-Men: First Class are using Potter as an example of what they want to do:

“Harry Potter is a bit of a role model for us, absolutely,” she said. “But we want it to be like the recent, darker Potters. It should not be a kiddie movie-we're in the 'X-Men' world so you can't suddenly change the tone.”

Even the film's cast of characters will follow Potter's footsteps insofar as getting into mischievous adventures that Xavier wouldn't approve of.

“There's nothing more interesting than a bad kid, and this is full of naughty children,” said Donner. “Cyclops, for example-he's a tough kid that bobbed from foster home to foster home, until he ends up at the school and becomes the leader.”

Are they copy cats or coming up with an original idea?