In case there were any lingering questions about it, Halle Berry is most definitely returning to the "X-Men" series. Director Bryan Singer tweeted definitive proof on Monday, posting a pic from the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" set that features the gorgeous and pregnant Oscar-winning actress in her full Storm costume.
Notice the tummy-obscuring front panel. Smart move, Singer.
That costume may look familiar -- indeed, it unmistakably proclaims "STORM!" with a crack of lightning and boom of thunder. But it has some notable differences from the uniform she wore in her previous "X-Men" outings. In "X-Men" (2000), "X2" (2003) and "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006), Storm had a much more official-looking outfit, one made of leather (natch) and sporting the "X" insignia on both the belt and collar. This new costume is much more rugged and less flashy, coming across as kind of an "extreme sports" version of the outfit with its harness-like vest and decidedly less impressive cape/wings.
And then there's the hair. Storm has never had the same hairstyle from one movie to the next, and "Days of Future Past" has her sporting her shortest 'do yet. Her white locks were long and flowing in the first two films, often billowing around her head like a mini-tornado as she conjured her weather-controlling powers; by the third film, her hair was considerably shorter and sharper, as if always on the verge of reacting to static electricity (or, as is the case with Storm, any kind of electricity, really). Now, Storm looks positively punk rock and low-maintenance with her new and much less glamorous hairstyle -- cropped to a length she often wears in real life.
Halle Berry was one of the last "X-Men" alums to be confirmed for recruitment in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
We're looking forward to seeing how Storm fits into the multi-character ensemble that includes the "First Class" lineup of Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as original cast members Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Daniel Cudmore, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Anna Paquin. New recruits include Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing and Booboo Stewart.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is set to hit theaters on July 18, 2014.
Watch 'X-Men: First Class' Trailer from 2011: