Mutant Mystery: Bryan Singer unsure if Halle Berry will return for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’
Halle Berry as Storm in 'X-Men,' released in 2000 (Photo: 20th Century Fox)
Director Bryan Singer, who's returning to the "X-Men" franchise after a ten-year absence, has conjured quite the ensemble cast for his homecoming project, "X-Men: Days of Future Past." But while the mutant lineup features familiar faces from both the original "X-Men" trilogy and "X-Men: First Class," there is one graduate of Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters that's noticeably missing (for now, anyway): Ororo Munroe, aka Storm, played by Halle Berry.
So, will the "Days of Future Past" not involve the weather-controlling mega-babe?
"I can't say. I don't know yet. And it's not necessarily a deal making aspect at all," Singer said in a recent interview with MTV. "I want to make sure it'll make sense. But I love working with her."
"Sense" hasn't always applied to the character of Storm in the live-action "X-Men" movies, as she was often called upon to utter inexplicable lines like "Do you know what happens to a toad when it's struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else" and ridiculously shortchanged in contributing to the plot of both "X-Men" (2000) and "X2" (2003). Storm didn't really come into her own until the Brett Ratner-directed "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006), where she finally took center stage and emerged as a formidable warrior, teacher and leader ... and, indeed, one of the few survivors of that film's rather head-scratching mutant purge.
However, Storm became headmistress at Xavier's School at the end of "The Last Stand," so if Singer's new film incorporates both sets of characters and merges their continuities, it would make sense that she comes back. We have a feeling the real issue is that Berry herself might not want to come back to the series; indeed, she allegedly only signed on for "The Last Stand" after she was assured that Storm would actually have something to do in that film.
Whether Berry/Storm is back or not, it sounds like Singer is utilizing the already rather large cast to finally bring a sense of teamwork to the "X-Men" movies, especially after the first three movies could've easily just been titled "Wolverine 1," "Wolverine 2" and "Wolverine 3."