Originally Posted by SterlingDee
I'm not sure what this "lead actress" means but if you mean "female lead" you are completely wrong. Halle was the biggest female star and the first female listed in the credits but that has nothing to do with who is the lead in a film.
In your other post you talk about Storm having some kind of lead in the films, but I strongly disagree. She is a textbook supporting character (and a poor one at that because she has unneeded screentime).
Film Storm as a character is extremely flat: she has no arc, we know nothing about her goals/desires or her past, we know nothing about her past, and we know little to nothing about her relationship with the other X-men (most notably the protagonist and antagonist of each movie).
Storm as a character has little or nothing that carries from film to film, Storm has no substantive involvement in the climaxes of ANY of the films. Actions that storm does take do not arise organically out her character: she just does stuff because someone has to do it for the sake of the story or because there's nothing else for her to do. Finally, Storm could easily be written out of each of the films without affecting the structure or integrity of the plot!
If you can present anything to dispute this, I would be very interested in hearing it (maybe you will prove me wrong!). I still think anyone who has ever written a script or knows anything about film structure or script development can recognize the pointlessness of the Storm character.
Actually I agree with much of what you said, especially what I bolded above.
However, Halle Berry was the top billed actress in the credits. It's her face that was pushed to the front of all the marketing materials, posters, promo and trailers, etc. Yes, it was an ensemble film series, but when people look back it is Hugh and Halle's star power that dominated the most.
And with X3 I do believe she moved into full position as the lead actress of that particular film. The storyline was basically "The Adventures Of Logan and Storm". This was made easier because Jean had defected to the "Bad People Side" and Rogue wanted out of her own skin. So those story arcs came to a conclusion beyond the realms of the film's main protagonists.
That left Halle as the last woman really standing...literally by the graves of 3 classic X-Members.
I hated that part so much. I really wanted Storm to be developed properly but not at the expense of others. However, I am fierce to defend Storm because in the X3 storyline if anyone needed to give up more time it should've been Logan. It should've been Scott and Storm hunting down Phoenix, or at best all three of them.
Now THAT'S studio politics. And to blame Halle Berry for the falling out between Singer/Fox/James Marsden/Superman Returns is utterly ridiculous.
But that's a debate for another thread.