Spoiler warning for those who haven’t seen X-Men: Apocalypse yet.
Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse opens in the States this Memorial Day weekend after a strong opening internationally. While fans all around the world will soon be able to enjoy the director’s latest X-spectacle, there is a handful of scenes that no one will see until the eventual Blu-ray release. It’s normal for movies to have a series of deleted scenes, sequences that were cut for pace, narrative flow, or because they just didn’t work. However, after the director’s infamous “Rogue Cut” of X-Men: Days of Future Past during the last go-round, this film’s bound to have a higher level of scrutiny applied to it.
Lana Condor’s Jubilee might just be the poster mutant for X-Men: Apocalypse’s deleted scenes this time around. Though she’s by no means the only one who had her screentime reduced, she’s probably the character whose absence is most noticeable. Fandango sat down with Singer to talk about the film’s selection of deleted scenes, just what’s in them, and his justification for cutting them. The interesting thing is that some of these moments that won’t be seen on the big screen can still be glimpsed in TV spots and trailers.
Here’s just one example of a “joke” that didn’t make it into the final cut of X-Men: Apocalypse, but was apparently just fine for the movie’s marketing:
When Fandango got Singer talking about the eventual deleted scenes that will appear on the film’s DVD/Blu-ray release, the director also confirmed he wouldn’t be including anything like the “Rogue Cut” this time:
“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.”
We’ve known about the mall sequence that was cut for some time now, but Singer expanded on what all went into it. The set design and construction for this sequence harkened back to Singer’s childhood:
“I grew up in ‘80s malls! I even rebuilt an arcade to match the one that I played in when I was a kid called Space Port. Sadly it just got removed from the first act. I made a big, sweeping cut. But I’ll put it back in sequence and it’ll be fun.”
Within the mall sequence itself, another moment was cut that had intended to pay homage to a movie from the late Robin Williams’ filmography:
“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!”
As for more character-centric scenes, there was a heartfelt moment between the Summers brothers that unfortunately had to go:
“[There was a] farewell between Scott and his brother [Alex]. It’s strange for the audience sometimes because they say, ‘It’s a good scene, why did you remove it?’ But if you sat in a theater and watched it with all those scenes back in, it may seem good, but slow. And I don’t want the audience to feel that.”
Of course, the scene that most fans will be missing involves Jubilee…who never gets to use her powers on screen. Sure, this might actually please some X-fans, but featuring a character as colorful and bold in her presence as Jubilee without allowing her to show off her equally flashy powers is a strange move. Those who wanted to see Jubilee in action will have to wait a few more months:
“We do have a moment where Jubilee uses her powers that you’ll see on the DVD. I wanted more Jubilee.”
Though Singer doesn’t plan on cutting a version of the film that will put those deleted scenes back in their previous places, there’s always the possibility that the Blu-ray itself might come with that feature. We’ll find out in the next few months!
In the meantime, get caught up on all things X-Men by checking out some of our recent coverage below:
- How Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men’ Paved the Way for the Modern Superhero Genre
- ‘X-Men’: Jennifer Lawrence Gets Candid About Potential Return in Future Films
- Sophie Turner May Rise as the Dark Phoenix in the Next ‘X-Men’ Movie
- ‘X-Men: Apocalypse': New Images Tease 80s Fashions, Impending Doom
- New ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Clip Finds Magneto Unleashing His Powers