Originally Posted by X-Maniac
It's clear though that Storm is a popular comic book character - and there must be a reason for it, so the filmmakers need to ask themselves why she is popular, what it is people like, what makes her tick.
She's had her own journeys of discovery too. She lost her powers (later exploring her heritage and purpose in Lifedeath), she has had romances (with Forge and Black Panther, and even with Dracula), she had a Phoenix-style out-of-control power progression (in a storyline with Doctor Doom), she sacrificed her physical body as the X-Men faced the Brood race, she discovered a mystical/magical heritage. In the Wolverine and the X-Men animated series, she was manipulated by Shadow King and her powers went out of control, causing destruction across Africa. Bottom line is there is plenty of scope for character development, subplots and arcs. (Plus it would also be chance to do some amazing and visually-stunning location shooting in Kenya or Egypt!).
The fans aren't asking for Storm to dominate, just to have a bit more dimension and a sense of purpose as to why she is there.
Very well said. To me, Storm's most defining storyline was the period in which she lost her powers. She was always written to be the one mutant who's powers were the greatest gift and responsibility... one in which Ororo really cherished. To see her have her powers stripped from her against her will was devastating, but she picked herself up again, continued to lead the X-Men, and walked into the heart of battle with only her human skill and might to protect her.
And so with X3 having the whole "cure" storyline, I really thought that was the opportunity to really throw the character head first into the main plotline. It would have been a risky but amazing moment to see her lose her powers... and then a great chance to see her overcome.