Logan is quickly becoming an extremely successful movie, despite its American R-rating which many thought would destroy its chances of doing as well as other X-Men movies when it comes to box office numbers.
The film is a hugely emotional one for whoever has seen it, but could have been even MORE emotional if a planned scene was eventually included.
During an interview with THR, Logan co-writer Michael Green explains this decision, and also reveals that an early version of the script did include a flashback scene that spelled out exactly what occurred back in Westchester.
“It actually hits home a lot harder than the versions that really painted out specifically the flashback. Of course there are versions we wrote that were never filmed with the actual flashback of what happened, but I’ve found the experience of watching it is far more poignant to just know that it was something really regrettable and it was bad and most likely, friends were lost. Or maybe it was people we didn’t know.”
Director James Mangold adds that he “wanted to make a movie less about information and more about character,” which was ultimately why he decided to remove the scene. Personally, I was fine with a bit of ambiguity when it came to Xavier’s tragic backstory, but many fans seem to be a bit disappointed that this particular plot point wasn’t given more attention