by Brett White
I have a bit of good news and a bit of bad news for all the Storm fans out there. Yes, Halle Berry, who is reprising her role as Storm in 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," is expecting her second child with her fiance Olivier Martinez. Congrats! But what does that mean for Storm's involvement in the film? The good news is that Storm will still be in the film and probably have an integral role. Bryan Singer will just employ the hide-the-bump tactics pioneered by decades worth of sitcom directors. So what's the bad news?
"Storm probably won't be as badass as she was going to be because we won't be able to do any fighting or flying or things like that," Berry told the BBC. "She'll be different than we originally planned her to be but I still think she'll be an integral part of this new X-Men movie."
As an extreme X-Men fan for two full decades of my life, I cannot express how big of a disappointment this is. You know how rad it was to see Ian McKellen wink in that Vine video yesterday? This is the opposite of that. This is reverse rad. Fans have been lukewarm on Berry since she first donned the white wig in 2000's "X-Men." Understandably so, as her accent was very misguided and the budget couldn't do her powers justice. But then she dropped the accent, got some screen time and an impressive action sequence in "X2". She then became one of the better parts of "X-Men: The Last Stand" (not high praise, but still praise). Berry grew into the role, and I have to say that I was a little bit excited for her return in "Days of Future Past."
And now I'm a little disappointed, which seems selfish since this is obviously a great, personal event for Berry and her fiance. That's way more important than my X-Men fandom. But to speak for my inner fan, what makes matters more of a bummer is Berry's admission that she "won't be as badass as she was going to be." That makes it sound like they actually had plans for Storm to do things! Impressive things! She won't be able to fly or fight? The sad truth is, that was pretty much the case for Storm in the original X-Trilogy too.
But all isn't lost. Berry thinks she'll still be integral. If Singer can make Storm integral in this film, that will still make this Storm better than before. And that's where my frustration really comes from. Storm should be the leading lady of the X-Men. She should command attention every time she is on screen. She should display unshakable confidence and will. This is not the Storm we've seen on the big screen, and I do think that Berry and Singer have the skill to pull that off, even if she's making the tough calls from close-up shots.
We'll just have to wait for another X-Film or a Storm solo movie to see her really take flight.
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