I get wanting to keep some secrecy around X-Men: Days of Future Past, but director Bryan Singer really needs to be more clear when it comes to what the hell is going on with Rogue. Last month, we learned that Anna Paquin’s only scene as Rogue was cut from the movie. This was Singer’s explanation for the scene deletion:
Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.
Sure, it sucked that we wouldn’t see one of the original movie X-Men on screen again, but we strive on. However, a couple days ago another kink was thrown into the works. During Empire Magazine’s release of 25 covers featuring different characters from the upcoming time-travel epic, we saw this:
This spawned speculation all over the Interwebs whether Rogue was being included in the film or not. During the interview with Empire, Singer provided some clarification to his previous statement, which perhaps should have been worded less definitively.
It does not mean that we won’t see her in the film. Also, I hope to make the sequence available on the DVD as she was quite wonderful in it. She is an important part of the X-Men family. I ‘m very pleased she will remain as one of Empire’s anniversary covers.
So where does that leave us? For most us, including me, probably very confused. Singer said her only scene was cut, but later said that we might still see her in the film. My best guess is that Anna Paquin will sadly be reduced to a background character in the final cut, and I think that’s a mistake. You’re dedicating screen time to introduce four new mutants who will probably have few lines and might even get killed off (it better not be Bishop!), but the most you’ll use Anna Paquin for is running around in the background? It seems a little shortsighted.