Back in February, we featured CineFix’s 10 Best Character Entrances and made a Killing Time list to accompany it. The bookend to that is CineFix’s massive tear-jerking list of 21 Best Character Departures of All-Time. Just as a great entrance can instantly put a stamp on an iconic character, how that character leaves us is what the audience will take out of the theater will them as they go home to digest the film. Obviously a good-bye is less fun than a hello, and a lot of these good-byes are for good, but all are iconic and it’s tough to argue with any of the picks made in the list. If you have any that weren’t, feel free to light up the comments with your own.
Deleted scenes are sometimes more than just cool features on a Blu Ray; little gems that didn’t quite make the final cut. Sometimes deleted scenes are deleted swaths of the film that make a huge impact on the film’s tone, budget, and shooting schedule. Looper (which is a great channel to follow on YouTube for cool videos like this) has put together a piece on the most expensive deleted scenes in Hollywood history from recent films like World War Z and X-Men: Days of Future Past all the way back to The Wizard of Oz. I’m fairly certain the video was made before the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s massive reshoots last summer. Though Disney hasn’t released a figure on how much it cost (and don’t expect them to), bringing in writer/director Tony Gilroy to help with the process cost $5 million before they even began reshooting 20-30 scenes, so it’s safe to say it would make this list as well. However, when you end up with the #7 grossing film in US history, fiscally it all balanced out.
The piece also mentions the $10 million original opening sequence to Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns that was cut in which the film originally opened with a silent exploration of the ruins of Krypton by Superman in his ship. Superman Returns is a polarizing film, but it’s still my favorite Superman film of the bunch, but this was definitely a good cut. If you have never seen it, it was released back in 2011 in the Superman Anthology Blu Ray set, but thanks to the awesome power of YouTube, I can just plop it below.