Singer Talks Jubilee’s Slashing From “X-Men”

With the release of “X-Men: Apocalypse” in U.S. cinemas this week, fans of the franchise have been keenly looking forward to not just seeing familiar returning faces but also potentially getting better looks at some other fan favorites who may get more time in the spotlight.

One such beloved character is Jubilee (played by Lana Condor), a young female mutant with the ability to generate pyrotechnic energy plasmoids. She’s essentially been a background extra in previous entries in the series, and the hope was that here she would get some proper screen time.

Sadly that is not the case. Those who’ve seen the film have confirmed that though she does appear, she essentially has no dialogue and certainly never gets the chance to use her powers on screen. It turns out she is to this film was Rogue was to ‘Days of Future Past,’ a bigger role that was essentially cut – although in this case it was less substantial in the first place.

In a recent interview with Fandango, director Bryan Singer revealed that a scene that will be on the eventual DVD release will allow us to see her in all her mutant glory: “We do have a moment where Jubilee uses her powers that you’ll see on the DVD…I wanted more Jubilee.”

Singer also says don’t expect a ‘Jubilee Cut’ of the film either as there’s no plans for an alternate version:

“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. In the case of Apocalypse, 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.”

Singer also revealed there was a deleted scene between Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) and his brother Alex (Lucas Till) which was cut for pacing, and Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler had more screen time in a larger mall-set sequence which was shaved down.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” opens in U.S. cinemas tomorrow.