The filmmaking process is an unpredictable and malleable one. A director may have a vision, but at the end of the day, that vision may interfere with the actual story they're trying to tell. As such, there are often times when either full scenes or even subplots are left on the cutting room floor. We seemed to have witnessed that pretty recently with this year's BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, which had its original cut of over three hours reduced to two and a half hours, but perhaps one of the best examples in the past few years comes from 2014's X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.
In that film, the entire subplot of Rogue was unceremoniously axed from the theatrical version. All in all, the movie worked, but it did seem a bit strange to see a character that had once been so prominent reduced to a few lines and appearances. It turned out that director Bryan Singer had been forced to cut out her entire subplot in order to keep a more streamlined narrative. In a film series like X-MEN, it's understandably difficult to juggle the mutants without a few falling to the side, and as such, it'd be entirely believable if something similar happened in their latest film, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.
Well, it doesn't sound like that'll be the case. In a recent interview with Collider, the film's producer, Simon Kinberg, denied there was anything as substantial from APOCALYPSE that they cut.
"No. There were scenes that we cut. There were moments that we cut, but unlike last time there wasn’t a whole subplot that we hacked out of the movie."
As far as what their most substantial cut scene, Kinberg pointed to the mall scene, which is "more of a montage" than any sort of sequence.
In recent years, Fox has released extended cuts of their films in their home releases. THE WOLVERINE had an unrated cut that would've pushed it to an R-rating had it been released in theaters, and as mentioned above, DAYS OF FUTURE past had its "Rogue Cut" wherein Rogue took on a more important role. With that in mind, will X-MEN: APOCALYPSE also be one of those movies that won't get a special cut released on Blu-ray? Having not seen the film myself just yet, it's kind of hard to say, but we'll have to wait and see!
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE hits theaters this coming weekend on May 27, 2016!
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