Major Spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse ahead! Please DO NOT read further, unless you’ve either seen the film or do not care about being spoiled!
X-Men: Apocalypse was by no means a bad film. Though it may not have lived up to the hype after the record setting Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse was still a solid entry in the X-Men franchise. There were many memorable scenes that stood out and made the film very exciting to watch. One particular scene that certainly was the most emotional, was the scene that involved Erik Lehnsheer and his family.
What Happened During That Scene?
Unfortunately all videos online from this film have been taken down, but I will briefly give you a refresher on this specific scene.
After Erik was seen using his powers while saving one of his coworkers at a factory, he is eventually routed out by another worker. Not knowing where their daughter is, Erik and his wife go searching for her only to find a Polish police holding their daughter Nina captive. What happens next, is utterly heartbreaking.
Once Erik agrees to turn himself in, Nina’s uncontrollable powers begin to show. Not wanting to see her dad arrested, a flock of birds arrive and start attacking the Polish officers. Unfortunately one of them was holding a bow and arrow pointed directly at Erik’s wife and daughter. The officer mistakenly releases the arrow and goes completely through both Erik’s wife and child, killing them instantly.
Immediately following that event, Erik is seen sobbing while holding onto a cherished necklace he gave his daughter just a few days ago. Erik removes the necklace and uses it to slice the throats of the officers who witnessed the event. He also screams out to God with the top of lungs proclaiming “Is this what you want from me! Is this who I am? Is this who I am?”
And just like that, Erik begins to turn back to his old ways and become the person he once was; Magneto.
What The Scene Almost Included
“It was one of the most beautiful things, and I cried at the monitors. [Co-producer Jason Taylor] grabbed a Kleenex; [Simon Kinberg], who very rarely shows emotion, [was] completely emotional. And I remember after the scene happened, Michael finished the scene, I walked across the woods, and I hugged him. And I held him and said, ‘Thank you for that gift. Now I need you to do it again [laughs].’ Because I have to move the cameras! He said, ‘Yeah, sure, no problem!’ And he did it again and it was amazing, and it broke my heart.” -Bryan Singer
That was what Bryan Singer said roughly one year ago, and now we know EXACTLY what that scene entailed. Unfortunately, against his wishes it did not make the theatrical cut of the film.
In an audio commentary that you can see once the Blu-Ray/DVD is released, Bryan Singer talked at length about the extended scene that he had to cut out because he felt it was too much of an emotional pull for audience members. The scene was just a bit longer compared to the theatrical version. It took place shortly after both his wife and daughter’s death. The part that was cut from the movie was when Magneto is seen mournfully reciting a lullaby in Polish to his deceased family.
This Was One of Singer’s Most Difficult Decisions In His Film Career
Singer has had his fair share of criticism’s over the years. From his decision on the look of Apocalypse all the way to choosing to direct Superman Returns over a third X-Men film, Singer has dealt with it all. Now, Singer may be faced with yet another poor decision on his resume.
Apparently it was one of the more difficult decisions Singer had to make in his entire film career, mostly because it left such an emotional impact to everyone on set. Here was what Singer had to say regarding that extended death scene:
“In the scene individually it is heartbreaking. As the collected experience, when you watch it in the movie, it felt to the audience like you were pushing for too much emotion, like going too far. And so I cut the scene, but to this day it’s one of the most heartbreaking cuts and I owe Michael an email to explain why I made the cut, and it will be on the DVD.” -Bryan Singer
Why The Poem Should Have Been Left In The Film
Singer did a fantastic job developing strong character development between him and his family at the beginning of the film. We saw him have a few scenes speaking with his wife and their future along with his daughter having to cope with his father being a mutant. Nina understood that if people learned about his powers, they would once again have to relocate for their safety. Unfortunately as we all know this didn’t happen. Erik’s decision to save one of his coworkers from sure death actually came back to haunt him and his entire family.
Though we don’t know the exact words of the poem (until it’s released on DVD/Blu-Ray), I can’t help but think this scene could have greatly improved the emotional impact Singer was going for. Sure the scene was extremely emotional already (I did shed a tear or two in the theaters), but I believe that this poem would have made even more of an impact on the audience.
Sprinkling in the poem could have greatly increased more tears to shed and may have allowed the audience to further sympathize with this character. Magneto shouldn’t be entirely classified as a villain, but rather someone who’s lost and wants people to respect his own kind.
We will finally get to witness this scene once the Blu-Ray/DVD is released to the public on September 24.
But what do you think? Based on Singer’s quotes and not having viewed this seen as of yet, do you believe that this is something the director should have been included in the film or do you feel that it wasn’t entirely necessary to have in the movie? Please share your thoughts below and let me know what you think!