Halle Berry is out, and director Bryan Singer remains noncommittal about returning to helm a third X-Men movie, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Cindy Pearlman reported. "It depends on the circumstances," Singer told Pearlman. "I know I love this cast, and I love the experiences I have on these movies. I feel great affection and proprietorship when it comes to this franchise, so I would probably want to be involved in a third film."
As for Oscar winner Berry, Pearlman said she has dropped out. But Singer hedged his bets. "You know, it depends," he said. "I think a lot depends on the evolution of her character, Storm."
Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) insisted that he'd love to return, but wouldn't commit to it, Pearlman said. Meanwhile, E! Online columnist Anderson Jones reported that a third X-Men film is already a lock, and that X2 stars Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Alan Cumming and ex-footballer Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) are signed up for the next movie.
X2 came in first in weekend box-office rankings in its May 2 premiere, grossing nearly $86 million in North America.
--I wonder if she really won't come back for X3, will they replace her or just not have Storm in the new one.
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Thank God- Storm was my least favorite casting choice for the X-men movies- she is not nearly "regal" enough to pull off the part. I would rather see the character just disappear, however, rather than have it recast. Lets see a Beast, Gambit, or Angel instead, without cluttering up the cast even more. And knowing Berry, she is likely demanding the next movie focus completely on Storm, star-power, yadda yadda. No complaints here- good riddance.
Singer, however... he better come back for the next one....
I think Fox and Marvel Studios will do its best to keep the cast/crew intact for at least a third film, especially if X2 ends up with a 250-300 million domestic gross. Halle Berry's probably one of the more marketable/popular faces of the franchise, so they'll want to keep putting her image on all the posters, ads, etc. I think a couple years is a good amount of time to let everyone take a breath and maybe do some other things before diving back into X-men and letting fan excitement build back-up.
my only request right now is for Fox to get the X2 DVD right the first time.
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I thought Halle was pretty crappy in the first one two, in fact i haven't thought she was good actress in anything i've seen. As for the Storm issue I don't think they should recast anyone. Bring in another character instead like Psylocke.
I can leave without Storm. Although, she is a great character, they haven't developed her enough to garner the screen time Berry wants in X3, like almost every scene. Halle is not a good actress, Monster's Ball was more of win for black actresses than talent. She was just a horrible choice for Storm and if someone would have just called Angela Bassett back, X-Men 1 would have longer than an hour and half.
I think the X-Men franchise like the comic book one can have characters come in and out of focus. They could have Storm away on a mission with either Iceman or Rouge. The team of Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Iceman, Colouss, Xavier, Kitty and Rouge is good enough. You added Phoenix and Gambit to the mix and you got a good team. I just think they need to wrap up the Magneto storyline, so they can go do Dark Phoenix, Mutant Massacre or Apocalypse. Ian McKellan is great and all, but I don't want them constantly fighting Magneto and the Brotherhood all the time. I saw add Sentiles and watch the shit it the fan in X3. Kill of some characters too, no one really needs Pyro or Mystique since Sabertooth and Toad are appreantly out of it.
A Fan-Its shocking that Sabertooth didn't come back more shocking I didn't miss him.
Good f'n riddens to the bitch. Let a couple young mutants (played by people who can act) like Kitty Pryde, Jubilee or Boomer have the screen time. Hell I hate Cyclops (And Marsden) but I still don't think he, the supposed "leader" deserved less screen time than Artie. Or here's an idea, actually give it to Rogue since they spent the whole first movie introducing her only to shove her in the background for the second.
Personally I'm hoping Apocalypse, Gambit, and Sinister are heading our way next.
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I agree about what was said earlier about characters coming in and out of focus. At the beginning of the third movie, they could say that Storm is on a particularly long mission, or on a quest to Africa "find herself" after the anger/faith thing the second movie with Nightcrawler, or any one of a dozen other choices that mention her but don't require her in the movie.
I think Pyro might bite it at the end of the next movie, and perhaps Mystique as well (although I think judging by her role in the second movie they want her to be pretty important). Since in the past two movies (and especially the second) the main badguy was someone human, I think the third should focus more on mutant villains. They could end the Magneto storyline (three movies is a good arc) and in the same movie introduce the next. So for the finale of his storyline, have a big bad fully fleshed out Brotherhood to fight the X-Men. You already have Mystique and Pyro, so you could add Blob and Quicksilver (is he just in the new cartoon? I don't know). Maybe they could even have Juggernaut and they should really add Sabertooth back in just cause he's Sabertooth, so he can have a definitive death via Wolverine. On the X-Men side, if Storm is gone, then it is the perfect time for Gambit to be introduced. If they can squeeze in one more they could either go with Psylocke or Beast. I would go with Beast because they already semi-introduced him in the second movie.
As for the next storyline, I'm not sure. Mr. Sinister would be cool, or Apocolypse. (although Apocolypse would have to have a lot of time dedicated to his arc) I'm not totally familiar with all things X-Men, so I don't know if the Phoenix arc can stand on its own if you take out all the space stuff like some have suggested in another thread.
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I like the idea of combining the birth of the Phoenix with the Sentinels. A Project Wideawake folder was on the computer Mystique infiltrated and what better use for CGI Phoenix than to obliterate a bunch of giant CGI robots. If Rogue's going to be a player in such a story, then they can pull the trigger on giving her the Ms Marvel powers and have a big throw down.
Bonus to the plot is that Magneto uses the Sentinel development as a recruiting tool to fully flesh out the Brotherhood and there's your hook for X4.
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