Some of my favourite comic book characters are members of The X-Men with Rogue being a particular favourite. I scoured comic marts for a near mint cents copy of Avengers Annual #10 (her first appearance), I paid over the odds for Rogue Variant Covers (The Uncanny X-Men #342 had an awesome image of Rogue by Joe Madureira), in short, I am a fan of Rogue.
I even liked Anna Paquin’s portrayal of Rogue in the movies, despite the character being an anaemic shadow of her comic book self. Paquin managed to get across Rogue’s sense of utter loneliness as, well, you know what her mutant ability can do, if not ask Ms. Marvel.
Anyway, you can imagine my fanboy outrage when Rogue’s part in the theatrical release of X-Men Days of Future Past was cut to nothing more than a cameo. Heck, it was less than a cameo, she simply bounced away down the corridor with Bobby Drake towards the very end of the movie… It was a harsh way to treat a great character.
Now, as you can imagine, with reviews of this sort, expect spoilers from here on out, so proceed with caution…
So, how does Rogue fit back into the movie? Well, if you’ve seen the theatrical version, then you know that during Kitty Pryde’s (played by the awesome Ellen Page) mind-meld (you know what I mean) with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Pryde gets all kinds of sliced up by Logan’s adamantium claws.
With Pryde waning badly, possibly dying, Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) convince Magneto (Sir Ian McKellen), and Professor Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) that they should go rescue the previously thought of as dead Rogue who is actually being held captive and being subjected to experimentation at, where else, but the old Xavier School for Gifted For Gifted Youngsters.
This sub-plot is weaved into the movie proper alongside young Magneto’s (Michael Fassbender) break in of the Department of Defence to reclaim his helmet. This is a marvellous edit that shows us what is happening in the future as well as in the past.
As you might have guessed, Rogue is rescued (with the loss of Iceman), she saps some of Pryde’s powers, and then takes over from her handling of Wolverine’s journey to the past. From here, the movie progresses much like the theatrical version, save for a few scenes where past Wolverine notices that Rogue has taken over from Pryde, Pryde rescues Magneto from a thumping by the Sentinels despite being gravely injured, and we learn that the Sentinel attack was actually a result of the rescue of Rogue in the first place.
The film makers also found time to fit in a Mystique and Beast minor subplot where they get a bit fruity with one another, only for it to be a ploy by Mystique to take Cerebro off-line, so that Professor X has no easy way of tracking her.
Oh, and without going back to watching the theatrical version to check, I do believe that, in The Rogue Cut, there is brief mention of an another sister when we are first introduced to Peter Maximoff when the younger sister is told to bug her. That other sister can only be Wanda AKA The Scarlet Witch, so TAKE THAT Avengers… Except, you don’t actually get to see her…
Now, whilst I loved the new scenes (I’m a sucker for added footage, yes that does indeed include the Star Wars Special Editions) Rogue does not do an actual lot other than take over from Kitty Pryde. Perhaps if there was a little more about the circumstances behind her capture and the experiments they were conducting on her it may have given the character more substance and given us more of a reason to care about her.
Don’t get me wrong, as I mentioned I love Rogue, and having some Rogue is better than having no Rogue at all, and The Rogue Cut goes a hell of a long way to correcting this, it’s just a shame to find her, still, underused.
So, is The Rogue Cut better than the Theatrical Version? I’m not sure that I have a definite answer on that, they’re both equally enjoyable, but I was hoping for more Rogue. However, you can judge for yourself as the Blu-Ray comes with both versions as well as a plethora of bonus material on a second disc.
We give X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut 4.5 of 5 Nerds