Of all the superhero movies and sequels currently in production “X-Men: Days of Future Past” continues to be the most interesting as well as the one with the most public developments. While fans are having to subsist on rumors and whispers when it comes to films like “The Avengers 2” and “Justice League,” director Bryan Singer has been actively tweeting about nearly every development of this project since he took over from director Matthew Vaughn. He’s been using the social network site to regularly announce casting developments, including the recent casting of Peter Dinklage.
In his latest tweet Singer has confirmed the return of Halle Berry, who was one of the few original cast members not already confirmed to return. Even though the franchise went through a semi-reboot with “X-Men: First Class,” with a younger cast playing familiar characters due to the 1960s setting, the time travel story line of the new film will allow the old and new casts to be featured in the same film. Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Anna Paquin, Helen Page and Hugh Jackman from the original trilogy of films had already been confirmed to be reprising their roles.
Because the specifics of the how the story is being handled have not been revealed it’s unknown how much screen time Berry will have in her role as Storm. In all honesty her confirmation will likely elicit a bit of a shrug from most fans. While Storm remains a popular fixture of the superhero team in the comic books, Berry’s performance (and wavering accent) was one of the most frequently criticized and mocked aspects of the first three films. Regardless it still makes sense, she’s a big name and that brings in nearly every major character who survived the events of “X-Men: The Last Stand.”
The question now is whether or not any of the supposedly deceased characters are going to come back, such as Cyclops and Jean Grey played by James Marsden and Famke Janssen respectively. Normally one would think that dead characters would be off the table, except that Professor Xavier, played by Patrick Stewart, was also dead at the end of “The Last Stand” but is still confirmed to return. This would seem to leave an opening if the story is dealing with not just future timelines but alternate ones, ala the reboot of “Star Trek.” However to be fair there was a mid-credits scene in “The Last Stand” that vaguely, and somewhat confusingly, hinted that Xavier, or at least his mind, did survive his apparent death. There was no such coda for Cyclops or Jean Grey.