X-Men: Apocalypse is hitting theaters this weekend, and despite lukewarm reviews is expected to open strong with an estimated $85 million, according to early tracking numbers. Director Bryan Singer has been making the press rounds over the past few weeks, and during an interview with Fandango he discussed some of the content that fans could look forward to in the eventual home video release – but unlike X-Men: Days of Future Past and the “Rogue Cut” which restored Anna Paquin’s scenes, there will not be a similar strategy for X-Men: Apocalypse:
“There will be no alternate cut of this movie. There will be nothing like the Rogue Cut or anything like that. I’m not a big fan of director’s cuts or extended editions, I never have been. In the case of Apocalypse, I removed what would be considered a conventional amount from the movie to protect what we call the collective experience of the feature theatrically. How it feels pace wise and movement wise.”
As far as what sort of material might be included in those deleted scenes, Singer mentioned an “extended mall sequence” has been glimpsed in some of the marketing for the film, but is absent from the movie itself:
“There was also a significant moment that sadly I had to cut. When they’re moving through the mall and Nightcrawler remarks about the other people that ‘they don’t fear us.’ And he thinks the mall is this paradise, and that was my homage to Moscow on the Hudson, when Robin Williams came over to America during the height of the Cold War and saw a Bloomingdales and thought it was a temple. But no, it was just an ‘80s mall!”
One of my biggest complaints about X-Men: Apocalypse was the decision to waste the Jubilee character yet again, by giving her very little dialogue and excluding her from any action sequences. Apparently, there was some additional Jubilee material that was shot, but ultimately wound up on the cutting room floor:
“We do have a moment where Jubilee uses her powers that you’ll see on the DVD… I wanted more Jubilee.”
As the director of X-Men: Apocalypse, you would think that if Singer truly wanted more of Jubilee, then she would have a larger part in the finished film. I would gladly trade 10 minutes of the repetitive destruction sequences for 10 minutes of further development for a character that has been left on the sidelines in every film she’s been a part of. But what do I know?
X-Men: Apocalypse his theaters this weekend, but if you want to save yourself a few bucks, check out Alex’s review first.
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