Will Halle Berry Return As Storm In 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'? Any Black Characters At All?

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by Tambay A. Obenson
February 12, 2013 3:00 PM
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With so many characters from the original trilogy returning, fans have been shocked not to see Halle Berry's name yet. Storm survived Brett Ratner's "The Last Stand," but a return has yet to be confirmed. [Producer Bryan] Singer said that an appearance from Storm is still up in the air. "I can't say. I don't know yet. And it's not necessarily a deal making aspect at all," he said. "I want to make sure it'll make sense. But I love working with her."

So, in other words, the answer is no.

Of course that was producer Bryan Singer answering questions from MTV Movies, about the potential for a Storm return (who was played by Halle Berry in the first X-Men trilogy of films), in the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class, which will be based on the "Days of Future Past" storyline, seen in a pair of Uncanny X-Men issues published in 1981.

The story, which sounds really cool...:

... alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men's failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.

As the above paragraph from the MTV Movies piece states, several characters (and the actors who played them) from the first trilogy of movies are coming back for X-Men: Days of Future Past - like Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Anna Paquin - but no mention of Storm/Halle Berry.

I'm kind of used to black characters in mainstream blockbusters movies like this, being more of an afterthought, so I guess I wouldn't be surprised if *we* aren't well-repped in the film. What Singer says about making sure "it all makes sense," I suppose with respect to story, is rubbish, and sounds like something that's probably said often in the world in which he exists. If they want to squeeze a character in there, they'll find a way to make it happen.

Like I said, *we* tend to be more of an afterthought - even if *we* feature heavily in the source print material. But, as of right now, as far as I know, from available info, looking at the list of all the actors who've already been cast (about 10 at the moment) not a single one of them is a person of color. Zilch! Should there be any?

But how do you guys feel about the possibility that Storm may not feature at all in the sequel; those of you who are comic book pros, and who are familiar with the X-Men universe and the particular story the sequel will be based on, should Storm be in the film? And if she is, how do feel about Halle Berry coming back to play her? It'll only make sense if Storm is in the movie, since all the other actors are reprising the roles they played in the first trilogy. Although, as I recall, didn't Halle say she didn't particularly care for being in the film series way back when, because she wasn't given much to do anyway?

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17 Comments

  • cruz777 | February 15, 2013 7:44 PMReply

    Storm should be in this arc, end of. whether it's Berry or someone else, it doesn't matter.

    of course, Storm will never have the same prominence in the X-Men movies as she did in the comics

    re: " it all makes sense"... smdh.

    it never made sense that more recent characters like Darwin (or Angel Salvatore) were in the last X-Men movie set in the 60's, except they found a reason...

    ...as cannon fodder (Darwin).

  • Bishop | March 1, 2013 12:48 PM

    WUT???

  • SilverZeal | February 15, 2013 1:30 PMReply

    BISHOP had better b in dis movie......MUST.

  • ALM | February 15, 2013 10:32 PM

    Richard T. Jones would be good.

  • Luce | February 15, 2013 2:05 PM

    And who could play Bishop? If I remember, he's a descendant from aboriginal in Australia. (Is that the way to say it?)

  • Melissaenafrique | February 13, 2013 4:12 PMReply

    An unknown i.e 90% of black actresses.

  • ALM | February 12, 2013 10:16 PMReply

    Cocoacritic read my mind. I always felt as if someone else should have had the part. Halle, while beautiful, looks NOTHING like the Storm character from either the printed comics or the animated series. Angela Bassett would have been great for the role when they first started, but I am not sure if they would choose her based on her age, although Angela is still gorgeous. Kerry Washington would be a good choice for the role.

  • Donella | February 12, 2013 5:50 PMReply

    I also was never completely sold on Halle as Storm.

  • getthesenets | February 12, 2013 4:06 PMReply

    When we had camp bus rides, we used to have contests..who can name the BEST person to play a superhero if film ever comes out...

    this was decades ago



    Iman was the best choice to play Ororo/Storm..

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    When the X Men film was about to come out....N'bushe Wright would have been a better choice than Halle Berry

  • Monique a Williams | February 13, 2013 7:22 AM

    Growing up, it was DEFINITELY Iman!

  • Aaron | February 12, 2013 3:31 PMReply

    I've always said this since the first X-men movie that Angela Bassett looks exactly how Storm would've look in reality.

  • ALM | February 12, 2013 10:21 PM

    @ Getthesenets: Oh yeah, the lady from the first "Blade" movie....she would be great also.

  • BeautyIAM | February 12, 2013 5:07 PM

    I also thought Angela would have made a better Storm than Halle. I like Halle, but I just did not like her as Strom. She was so boring.

  • C.P. | February 12, 2013 4:05 PM

    YES! I have *always* imagined Storm as Angela Bassett, since I was a kid reading the comic books and Angela was playing Tina Turner. Halle was terribly miscast from the start. Glad to know I wasn't alone in thinking that.

  • Cocoacritic | February 12, 2013 3:11 PMReply

    I think the part should be recast. Halle Berry, albeit talented, wasn't the right fit anyway.

  • Monique a Williams | February 13, 2013 7:21 AM

    Yes! This was my problem with Storm. Everything about her was done wrong. They need to get someone taller, more regal, strong, and captivating for the role. And African would be ideal.

  • Mark | February 12, 2013 10:25 PM

    A younger Angela Bassett would have been PERFECT as Storm. By the way, why did Storm have a Jamaican accent in the first movie? Storm's father was American. Her mother was African. She grew up in Africa, coming of age in Cairo, Egypt.

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