Why a scene explaining what happened to the X-Men was cut from Logan

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Mar 6, 2017

WARNING: This story contains spoilers for Logan.

One of Logan's greatest "unresolved" questions revolved around what the heck happened to the X-Men. Although never specifically stated, it's been heavily implied that an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) may have been responsible for the whole team's demise.

In the movie, Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) tells Logan (Hugh Jackman) that the government has classified Charles Xavier's brain as a weapon of mass destruction, and, as viewers, we get to see first-hand what the professor's psychic powers on the fritz can do to mutants and humans alike.

Later in the film, we also hear a radio broadcast that states the incident at the Oklahoma casino where Charles, Logan and X-23 (Dafne Keen) stayed was similar to something that happened a year ago in Westchester, New York (where the X-Mansion and Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters is/was), an incident that left 600 people injured ... and killed the X-Men.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Michael Green revealed that earlier versions of the script included flashbacks that would have shown us the incident in question but they ultimately decided to leave it out. Green explains why:

"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."

With our main man Patrick Stewart adding: "Was it Logan? Was it Charles? It was probably Charles but he doesn't know. He has no memory; he has no recollection. He has an instinct, an impulse, that something happened and it was bad." Yep and yep! It was B A D.

As for director James Mangold, here's why he decided to not include the flashback scene: "I wanted to make a movie less about information and more about character."

There you have it. What do you think about the decision to leave that sequence out of the film? Was it the right move, or do you believe it should have been included in Logan?

(via THR)