Re: Famke finally speaks her mind about the treatment of Phoenix in X3
Regarding Nightcrawler, I've never heard mainstream viewers (who haven't read the comics and aren't part of fanboy zones like the Hype) complain about Nightcrawler's absence, nor do i recall the critics going on about it. Singer very much left the character open-ended in X2 - he was sat at the back of the President's office, not wearing an X-uniform, and was not seen in any scenes after that.
I like the character, and the movie version was excellent - making a very outlandish mutant fit in quite easily to the movieverse - but I don't think he needed to be in X3. It's always a juggle to decide which characters will appear. Some of Nightcrawler's scenes were cut from X2 anyway.
Not that I wouldn't want to see Nightcrawler again, but I can understand why he wasn't in X3. If he'd been shown becoming an X-Men member, then they'd have had to include him or explain his absence but he wasn't.