While I loved watching this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, I felt like I had been, in part, been robbed. The aggressive marketing campaign would lead viewers to believe that all of the characters featured in the posters, on the magazine covers, and even the dollar store toys and novelty cups would have at least some bit of screen time. Most of us knew going into the film that the reality was that with a film with so many X-folks, the bigger guns—Xavier, Magneto, that clawed fellar—would capture more screen time than the little fish like Blink and Bishop. However, with the release date of Days on Blu-ray and DVD just next month, it looks like Rogue and the other X-Men who got the short shrift will get their due in an extended version of the film next summer.
According to the folks at Variety, the super-extended-mega edition, unofficially referred to as the Days of Future Past “Rogue Cut”, will feature an additional 10 minutes of footage of not just Rogue, but some of her other X-compatriots as well. This cut of the film is expected to be available to fans sometime in the first part of 2015, most likely toward the beginning of the summer movie season. Fox’s Simon Kinberg announced the news of the extended cut at an event yesterday, saying:
It’s a big chunk, a substantial part of the movie. We want to give (fans) the fullest picture of the film—behind the camera, and in front of it. … Every movie has scenes that are cut out, but not every movies has scenes cut out with such a beloved character.
Even director Bryan Singer acknowledged that “with an embarrassment of riches” available to him during the editing process, some scenes simply had to be pared down, and Rogue was a casualty of the film’s heavy focus on Charles Xavier, Magneto, and Wolverine. (Although, if some of the Wolverine plot had been reduced, I wouldn’t have complained. I welcome and encourage your hate mail.)
The extended edition is most likely being called the Rogue Cut due to the hub-bub surrounding Anna Paquin’s appearance as Rogue being diminished greatly, with most of the footage of the Southern belle mutant being cut with all of the precision of Wolverine’s claws. In fact, the most we saw of Rogue was
a blink-and-you-missed-it nod to her at the very end of the film. Honestly, while it will be nice to see more footage of Rogue in action, I’m more interested to see appearances by other mutants who might have been shortchanged. I’ve never been a huge fan of the X-film incarnation of the character, and Brett Ratner’s abysmal X-Men: The Last Stand didn’t do Rogue any favors. I’m hoping we’ll get to see more of Evan Peters’ turn as Quicksilver, which was an unexpected treat.