Can Rogue Ever Reteam with the X-Men?

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Can Rogue Ever Reteam with the X-Men?

Matt Risley writes for Total Film about Bryan Singer’s decision to cut Anna Paquin from X-Men: Days of Future Past

With so many characters already taking up screen time, it was inevitable that some would be lesser-served, although the decision to cut a recognisable star out of the finished product is still surprising.

Still, fans can look forward to hopefully seeing the sequence on the DVD release, and as Singer’s still keen to sing Paquin’s praises, there’s every chance she could appear in the next X-Men movie, Apocalypse.

Read the full article here.

Originally revealing this to Entertainment Weekly, Bryan Singer praises Paquin (she’s even in the trailer!) – but her role was ultimately unneeded. As Risley states, it is surprising that of all characters, she is lost. In X-Men, Rogue and Wolverine were the driving force behind the film. It charts Rogue – and Wolverine’s – allegiance with the X-Men and, in the climax, reveals how Rogue gained her unique-streak of white hair. Shawn Ashmore will still feature as Iceman next year – yet, in the 2000, Iceman was merely a (passing?) love-interest to the lead character of Rogue.

Clearly, X-Men: Days of Future Past is primarily using the cast from X-Men: First Class, but this particular role I was interested to see develop further. This recent news gives the impression that developing roles from the first three X-Men films is not the priority and it is more likely that the 2014 blockbuster will be establishing a defined cast to drive the series forward – and closing the door on cast members who do not want to remain involved. Anna Paquin, now a TV star in True Blood, may have no intention of re-teaming with the X-Men in the long-run, as her character featured so briefly in the first place – to the point that it was easily cut out.

Then again, her character (alongside many, many others) lost her powers in X-Men: The Last Stand. Rogue decides to be “cured”, Magneto and Mystique lose their powers while Professor X explodes into a million pieces. All these questions, and more, I hope are answered in Days of Future Past, and I have a feeling that this decision means story is taking precedence.  If this feat of connecting over thirteen-years of backstory and, in many cases, unconnected narratives don’t ring true, then fans will be disappointed. X-Men in 2000, set the benchmark for blockbuster, modern super-hero storytelling. Due to what Bryan Singer achieved in 2000, the future was set – leading to The Avengers and The Dark Knight. The success of the film – and its sequel – showed that modernising comic-book characters for a contemporary audience was not only possible, but highly profitable. X-Men also dug deeper with themes of oppression and discrimination running through the series – a notable scene showing Shawn Ashmore’s ‘Iceman’ “coming out” to his parents in X2 remains a high point in the franchise.

Anna Paquin was part of those early days, and though I respect Singer’s decision to cut her out for the sake of story, I hope she returns. If the story fails in X-Men: Days of Future Past, then the chance of Anna Paquin returning to the series at all is even more unlikely and what a loss that would be.

Simon Columb

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  • she was kind of the driving force of the first film and substantial in the second. the third one barely used her, so not seeing her in this Days of Future Past feels kind of creatively appropriate but disappointing.

    • Simon

      Yup – appropriate but disappointing. Good way to summarise.

  • thefinalword

    She belongs in the X-Men! Bryan Singer should write her into the film asap, whether it’s a new scene or not.

  • thefinalword

    I found a article on Rogue getting axed from Days of Future Past and did some editing that seems mildly appropriate.

    Bad news for fans of Anna Paquin’s Rogue: in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer revealed that the only sequence Paquin appeared in during the film has been cut during editing. However, the director strongly stated that it had nothing to do with Paquin’s performance.

    “Through the editing process, the director Bryan Singer became extraneous,” fans tell the world. “It was a really good movie and it has now become a complete disaster of a film. But like many directors in the movie business, he has become an embarrassment of riches and is one of the things that has to go. Unfortunately, he has cut 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.”

    According to EW, the scene — characterized as a “rescue sequence” — was shot early in production and involved Paquin, Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Ian McKellen (Magneto) and Patrick Stewart (Professor X). Paquin has already been notified of the edit, and according to the bastard son of a whore Bryan Singer, “She completely understood.”

    Paquin was one of the many “X-Men” movie veterans who returned for “Days of Future Past,” and though her scene has been cut during the editing process, the “X-Men: First Class” sequel marked her fourth run at portraying the character.

    “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is scheduled for release May 23, 2014.

  • SubSumeYou

    Mis-director Bryan Stinker and Stupid $tudios is the wrong talent for this genre. They have wrecked The Uncanny X-Men, they’re the Wrecked -Men.

  • I don’t believe it.. Rogue’s character is not needed int he film? how come? she is ROGUE! she can kick some ass and can kill anyone by touch! I think it would be best if she join the brotherhood instead and leave the x-men.

    • thefinalword

      Well, I saw the film and she’s in it. I wonder if the protests I’ve seen over the past half year ever made a difference or it was simply going to happen that way all along. It was a good movie. You should go see it.