FTMN Quickie: X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut
X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut 2015
While I haven’t made the time to watch the extended version of Batman vs Superman, I did manage to snag a copy of the Rogue Cut of Days of Future Past that I’ve been curious about ever since it was announced almost two years ago. Rogue has always been one of my favorite characters and I really enjoyed Days of Future Past so I was curious how much of an impact this change would have to the movie. I will say that ultimately it doesn’t make a significant impact in the overall story, there are a few scenes here and there and a couple extra jokes laced with some profanity that would have pushed the theatrical version just over the PG-13 limit, they don’t make a difference in the overall narrative, but it does answer just a few extra questions.
Unfortunately, even though it is titled “The Rogue Cut”, the amount that Rogue is in the film is only extended by a few brief minutes. There are a few added references to earlier X-Men films, especially when Iceman and Magneto have the comment about how Rogue had shared someone’s power before. But there are really two things that this extra element really helps add to the movie. One is a nice looking scene where Magneto and Iceman go to break Rogue out of Cerebro in the future and it’s intercut with Magneto breaking into the Pentagon in the past. The other is that when they escape from the mansion to travel back to their hideout, one of the future Sentinels attacks them, they fend it off but a piece of it remains on the Blackbird which explains how the Sentinels not only find them, but launch such a massive assault against them.
Aside from that significant change, everything else is pretty minor. Once Rogue comes in and replaces Kitty as the one keeping Wolverine in the past, all the future scenes are almost exactly the same, only with Rogue instead of Kitty and/or an additional cut to Kitty to show that she’s still hanging around too. Also, there’s a few less scenes with Iceman as he gets killed at the mansion as they are freeing Rogue. The rest of the scenes mainly just add a few extra character beats and/or inside jokes, like there’s a reference to Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch’s other sister who I had never heard of before this. There’s also an extra scene between Mystique and Beast at the mansion that shows some of their relationship. I will say that if you have the choice between the Rogue Cut and the regular edition, the Rogue cut is very much worth getting, especially for some of the special features which I didn’t have time for. But if you already picked up the first release of Days of Future Past, it’s not really worth a few extra scenes to get the film again. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.