Anna Paquin Erased From ‘X-Men’: Are Superhero Movies Getting Too Overstuffed?
When it comes to "X-Men: Days of Future Past," there just might be too many mutants ... and at least one of them has ended up on the cutting room floor (or in the recycle bin — however it works with editing movies these days).
This will come as sobering news to Sookie Stackhouse fans, as it's Anna Paquin's Rogue who apparently won't be appearing in the overstuffed superhero mashup, which combines the cast of the original "X-Men" trilogy with the young'uns of "X-Men: First Class" (2011). Director Bryan Singer has revealed that he's cut an early rescue sequence that features Rogue and fellow "X"-alums Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman).
"It's a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it," Singer said to EW.com. "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. Even though she's in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won't appear in it."
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Singer also assured that the decision had nothing to do with the acting skills of the Oscar-winning Paquin, whom he worked with in "X-Men" (2000) and "X2" (2003).
"She did a fantastic job," said the Singer, adding that Paquin "completely understood" about the change and that, like some "X-Men" characters, "films evolve."
There's a chance that Paquin will still appear in "Days of Future Past" via the film's upcoming reshoots, but for now, don't expect to see Marie D'Ancato amongst the many, many faces of the mutant lineup.
Actually, there are other superhero flicks from the days of both the future and past that could've benefited from following Singer's lead. The comic book movie genre has been struggling with overloaded ensembles for quite some time. More than one Batman movie being criticized for having "too many villains," from Joel Schumacher's reviled "Batman & Robin" (Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, and that thing that was supposed to be Bane) to Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" (Catwoman, Scarecrow, Ra's al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, and Bane).
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Meanwhile, "Batman vs. Superman" has already made Gotham and Metropolis overcrowded with the addition of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and whoever "Game of Thrones" alum Jason Momoa might be playing (fans are speculating either Martian Manhunter or even Aquaman).