"By The Goddess!" The Official Storm Debate Even though Storm hasn't been officially added to Days Of Future Past, like, nearly 100% of the most active thread discussions in this forum continue to either be derailed or completely consumed by the topic. And I'm sure a number of you are getting sick of it coming up all the time. I guess it's best to go ahead and launch a spot for it. At least this way, whether Halle Berry or some other actress is cast--or not--we have a place to debate about the character's necessity in this film. Stats: Real name: Ororo Munroe Other aliases: (current) None, (former--in Kenya and Tanzania) "Beautiful Windrider" Identity: Known Place of birth: New York City, New York Marital status: Married Group affiliation: (current) X-Men, (former) Leader of the Morlocks First appearance: GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 Height: 5 ft. 11 in. Weight: 127 lbs. Eyes: Blue Hair: White Strength level: Athlete Flight speed: Subsonic (when propelled by winds) Fighting skills: Excellent hand-to-hand combatant, trained by Wolverine Known superhuman powers: Storm has the psionic ability to control the weather over limited areas. She can fly by creating winds strong enough to support her weight. Storm has limited immunity to extreme heat and cold. Special limitations: Storm's psionic powers over the weather are affected by her emotions; hence, if she does not maintain control of her emotions, a fit of rage might induce a destructive storm. Also, Storm suffers from severe claustrophobia. The Scoop: So the big hubbub all over the net and chatrooms is regarding whether Halle Berry, arguably the franchise's biggest female star, is going to appear in Days Of Future Past. The character has a serious role in the source material and X3 concluded with Storm taking the lead at X-Mansion as Headmistress with Xavier's blessing. However, when pressed about Halle Berry's return, Bryan Singer had this to say: My thoughts? Halle Berry received critical acclaim for her portrayal opposite Tom Hanks in last year's Cloud Atlas and she has more films coming out shortly. So clearly her personal life is not getting in the way of her career. Also, Singer is not stupid. Say what you want about him, but the man knows how to tell a story. Besides, he has already invested 2 of his own films with this character. While I don't believe he did the best job with developing Storm, he's already reunited everyone else (except Scott and Jean who are MIA). How could he explain a missing Headmistress but yet have Rogue (who sold out in X3) in there? I just think he's so much more smarter than this. Bottom Line: I think Bryan knows that the Halle Berry/Storm situation is the most polarized subject of this entire franchise. Many love the actress. Many despise her. And NO actress generates more discussion consistently. Yet, almost everyone loves the character herself. So it's a quandary. I think Singer may be holding off on announcing Halle Berry because of these possibilities: 1.) He doesn't want any bad buzz this early in the film's production--and let's face it, announcing Halle Berry would create...hate to say it...a s***-storm of controversy. Pun absolutely intended. 2.) He wants to "soften the blow" by pairing the announcement with that of Famke and/or James and/or Rebecca altogether. 3.) He has no plans to cast Halle herself for reason #1 but intends on casting a "First Class" equivalent with another younger actress. This whole, "I want to make sure she fits" thing is bullspit because the source material AND the existing franchise demands her involvement. Again, he *found a way* to include Anna Paquin who is completely unnecessary. This shouldn't even be a discussion....but it is. Questions For Discussion: 1.) Should Storm Have A Role In The Next X-Men Film? Why Or Why Not? 2.) Which Younger Actress Could Be Cast As Storm Of The Past? 3.) Do You Think Bryan Singer Will Add The Character In Days Of Future Past?