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Subj: Re: Alexandra Shipp as Storm - thoughts?
Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 at 06:30:44 pm EST (Viewed 105 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Alexandra Shipp as Storm - thoughts?
Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 at 08:19:32 am EST (Viewed 125 times)

    IMO, every single second of Berry's Storm felt phoned-in and lifeless, like she was content to sit back put zero effort. It was really tough to see an actor I know can perform better do nothing. And as a Storm fan, I felt insulted. "Strangely" enough, Berry did pretty much the same with Catwoman. Maybe she just can't be a good comic book character. Or maybe she just "won't."

Hopefully it isn't that she won't - since the right thing for her to do, in that case, is turn down the job. But seriously, casting her was ridiculous. I can almost see her as Catwoman. Almost. But Storm? Just ridiculous.

    Shipp actually made her scenes seem believable to me.

Well, that's something.

    I'm conflicted about the skin colour thing. Comics are a very visual thing. To me, Storm should be a deep, dark brown skin colour, especially because X-Men are still relatively new to live action (Supes and Bats are about 70-80 years into live action). It's more important to get the X-Men visually correct in this nascent period. My complaint about this is no different than my complaint about current Storm's black hair roots.

Black hair roots - Are you talking about Shipp or a printed page version?

    Also, imo, there are tons of great dark-skinned actors. I think a big part of the reason both were chosen to be Storm was not because of their talent, but because they are light-skinned. The industry does this way too often.

    Given the chance, I think Kiki Layne could be a better Storm than Shipp, based on her talent and appearance.

Here are some more choices from a 2017 article:

Visually I like Lupita Nyong’o best, followed by Tika Sumpter.