*WARNING: This post includes spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse. Read at your own risk.*
X-Men: Apocalypse introduces a slew of new mutants to the film franchise, much to the delight of comic book fans. But that also means a little less time for fan favorites.
Director Bryan Singer sat down with Fandango to chat about some deleted scenes from Apocalypse, revealing that the one and only scene of beloved mutant Jubilee (played by Lana Condor) using her powers was cut from the movie.
Singer's last entry in the franchise, 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past, featured an extensive director's cut that added into the film a storyline featuring the character Rogue. But this time around, the director doesn't plan on making big changes for the home release:
"There will be no alternate cut of this movie. There will be nothing like the Rogue Cut or anything like that. I'm not a big fan of director's cuts or extended editions, I never have been."
When editing Apocalypse, Singer tried to ultimately create the best theatrical experience:
"I removed what would be considered a conventional amount from the movie to protect what we call the collective experience of the feature theatrically. How it feels pace wise and movement wise."
Jubilee might be featured fairly prominently in promotional materials for X-Men: Apocalypse, but she has a minor role in the film itself. Sadly, that means that audiences don't get to see her light projection powers on the big screen. But Singer promised that fans can see the character's powers once the film hits home release:
"We do have a moment where Jubilee uses her powers that you'll see on the DVD. I wanted more Jubilee."
Making The Best Movie Possible
If Singer wanted more Jubilee, then why wasn't the scene left in the film? Well, the director was just trying to make the most effective film possible. He even had to cut some scenes that were undeniably good:
"[There was a] farewell between Scott and his brother [Alex]. It's strange for the audience sometimes because they say, 'It's a good scene, why did you remove it?' But if you sat in a theater and watched it with all those scenes back in, it may seem good, but slow. And I don't want the audience to feel that."
Based on his comments, its clear that Singer put some serious thought into the plotting of X-Men: Apocalypse. With such a big cast, there were bound to be significant cuts from the film, and while it's unfortunate characters like Jubilee had to be sidelined, those edits should keep the film moving at a swift pace.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27. Are you disappointed Jubilee doesn't have a bigger role in the film? Let us know in the comments below.