X-Men: Days Of Future Past had a lot going against it. Even for an X-Men film, its ambition was potentially damaging, as it worked to be a sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand, The Wolverine, and X-Men: First Class all at the same time. It also had the unenviable task of correcting timeline issues created by the lesser films in the series, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
While its success in correcting all the timeline issues is debatable (Director Bryan Singer seems content to simply ignore any issues that conflicted with his current vision of X-Men), few would argue that X-Men: Days Of Future Past stands as a quality film. It managed to take a potentially overly-complicated premise and break it down in such a way that it is clear and entertaining.
But like any X-Men film, it had its casualties along the way. Unlike most superhero movies, where there are one or two supers at most, X-Men flicks usually boast well over a dozen of them. This makes the filmmakers resort to a juggling act, creating a film that’s focused enough to be emotionally involved, but mutant-heavy enough to please fans. One character that got the biggest cut in X-Men: Days Of Future Past was the character of Rogue, played by Anna Paquin.
Rogue is a character that was an important daughter-like figure for Wolverine in the first three films, but over the course of the series, has lost most of her relevance. During production of Days Of Future Past, it seemed that Rogue’s character was to play a relatively substantial role, but when the movie came out, she was mostly sidelined.
So what happened? Much to Bryan Singer’s regret, he had to cut many of her scenes in the movie. In an interview with Empire, writer of the film Simon Kinberg revealed the scenes that contained Rogue. The first had to do with a mission at the front end of the film involving Xavier and Magneto. The second scene involved Rogue taking over the duties of keeping Wolverine in is sleeping state after Kitty Pryde grows too weak to do so. Ultimately, those scenes were scrapped in favor of a more streamlined narrative.
Rumors of a “Rogue Cut” to the movie swirled around, and after months and months of waiting, we finally have a solid idea of how much longer the Blu-ray cut of the film will be thanks to a recent tweet from Bryan Singer.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) April 3, 2015
So there you have it. Though it has been a while since there’s been news of the so-called Rogue Cut, it’s comforting to see that it hasn’t been forgotten.
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