More EXCUSES — Why ROGUE was cut from DOFP

Since the release of X-men: Days of Future Past a lot of us fanboys and fangirl agree that the lack of female roles in the movie felt a little short handed. Recently writer Simon Kinberg spoke to Empire about leaving Rogue on the cutting room floor.

Originally she had a bigger role in which she got rescued from the Sentinels and ultimately took on Kitty Pryde’s powers to help stabilize Wolverine in the past.


This would also explain why all the future scenes in the film felt like Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the writer states it was rushed to further the plot.

I thought it would increase the urgency and the stakes of the plot in the future, but it actually does the opposite, because it makes you feel like there is an answer out there. You think once Rogue gets here, we’ll have an unlimited amount of time. The ticking clock that we’d established with Kitty getting wounded and losing her powers… well, Rogue would show up and press stop on the clock, So for all of those narrative reasons, there was this ten-minute subplot that had to go.

To be honest I loathed Days of Future Past, sure it floated well but it never quite felt like it was complete. A lot of things came off either missing or rushed and perhaps more subplot with Rogue could have given it that extra boost which might have won me over. The main reason: because the X-Films to me left a lot of mystery behind Bobby, Rogue and Kitty’s relationship which made me as a fan want to see what would happen in the future but instead they cut her out of the picture.

And one major gripe I had with the movie was the total lack of female members in the past, but having them contribute in the future could have calmed that Beast inside me.


I can’t say it was a lazy effort on anyone’s part but when Bryan Singer talks about the editing process becoming extraneous it only makes me wonder why we got a two and a half hour Superman Returns movie where nothing happen and he didn’t spend the extra time to include what should have been some pinnacle moments of Days of Future Past.

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Jubilee-concept-art-570x988Him saying it was an “Embarrassment of Riches” is actually a shock considering how many characters who didn’t even deserve to be in the film and players like Jubilee and Rogue who were cut out of the film.

“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.”

So when it comes to X-Men: Days of Future Past how do you feel about it? Because for me I couldn’t sit down and like it. Perhaps after a few more views it will grow on me or maybe a director’s cut could cure the raging mutant inside of me.