Before the tragic misstep of making the epically horrible Catwoman, Halle Berry made a much deeper and more welcome mark on the superhero world. Berry was the first to portray a live-action version of Ororo Munroe — aka Storm of the X-Men — in 2000’s X-Men. She would play the hero in three more films, making her last appearance as the powerful weather manipulator in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. While with 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Berry was replaced with Alexandra Shipp, Berry has news for everybody — she wants the role back.
At least, that’s what she told Vanity Fair in one of their actor career retrospectives. When her casting as Storm comes up, Halle Berry says she “would absolutely return” to the role. “I loved playing Storm,” Berry said, adding, “and people love Storm. So, I would absolutely, you know, if we could find a version that would make sense, or a storyline that would make sense, I would absolutely do that, for sure.” You can watch the video below.
Halle Berry’s words on playing an X-Man again echo similar sentiments from her X-Men: The Last Stand co-star Kelsey Grammer. While he’s more well-known as the sitcom character Frasier, Grammer played the blue-furred Beast. Unfortunately, he didn’t get as much time in the franchise as Berry. Beyond The Last Stand, Grammer’s only other portrayal of the Beast was a cameo in Days of Future Past. Regardless, the actor liked the idea of getting back in the blue. “I‘d love to do Beast again,” he told NJ.com. “Nobody’s really talked to me about it. I think maybe they’re gonna try to do another one. I’m assuming that they would go with, you know, the first is the best.”
As to whether or not Halle Berry, Kelsey Grammer, or any of the other veterans of Fox’s X-Men franchise could return now that the mutants are under Marvel Studios’ banner, it seems unlikely — though never impossible — that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and the other filmmakers wouldn’t want new blood in the roles. Still, the Phase 4 focus on the Multiverse opens up many possibilities. While it’s unlikely we’ll see Berry, Grammer, or others like them in long term multi-film roles, they could always make cameos in films like Spider-Man: No Way Home or Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
It could also be fun to see actors like Halle Berry from the Fox X-Men films play alternate universe versions of their characters who have yet to premiere on film. For example, Halle Berry could play Bloodstorm — a version of Ororo from a reality in which Storm was turned into a vampire. Likewise, Grammer could play the mad scientist variant of the Beast, Dark Beast, from Marvel Comics’ 1995 Age of Apocalypse storyline.
One of the more interesting things Halle Berry mentions in the Vanity Fair video was how she had wanted to further explore the idea of an affair between Storm and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in the films. “There was a moment when Hugh Jackman and I got to play with that in our last movie together,” Berry said. “I remember thinking, ‘Wouldn’t this be an interesting turn of events, if we all of a sudden went into the Storm and Wolverine story?'” While it didn’t make it to the theatrical cut of the film, a Days of Future Past deleted scene has Logan and Ororo sharing a passionate kiss before the former takes his journey to the past.
If you’re hungry for a good Halle Berry movie, her directorial debut Bruised is streaming on Netflix. The sports drama quickly shot to the top of Netflix’s streaming charts shortly after release. The success prompted a huge multi-picture deal between the actress and the streamer, with Berry set to produce more Netflix originals in the future.