Angella Basette as Storm? what if!?

In a story straight out of Marvel Comics “What If!?” tales comes Chris Claremont’s tale of what could have happened ten years before Brian Singer helmed the X-men. It involved Angella Basatte as the X-men’s Storm among other things. Check it out below!

“James Cameron, Bob Hoskins, Angela Bassett — ahhh. Fanboy heaven. I would have been happy as a clam,” Claremont said in a Q&A with Louise Simonson, his longtime “X-Men” editor.

Claremont also talked about how he tried to dissuade former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter from reviving the character Jean Grey after Claremont killed her off in the Dark Phoenix saga, one of his most famous X-Men stories. (It was partially adapted, along with Claremont’s X-Men graphic novel, “God Loves, Man Kills,” for the second X-Men film.)

He was wistful about the X-movie that might have been — but still irritated at the retcon that brought Grey back to life for the comics series “X Factor.”

Claremont has said before that he wanted Hoskins (pictured) as Wolverine and Bassett as Storm, but went into detail Saturday about why a proposed adaptation from the then-married Cameron and Bigelow never came to pass. (Cameron went on to win best picture and director Oscars for “Titanic” and Bigelow to beat Cameron’s “Avatar” to win best picture and directing Oscars for “The Hurt Locker.”)

In the comics, Claremont noted, Wolverine is diminutive but feral, like a real wolverine. He recalled a scene in the 1984 film “Lassiter” in which Hoskins pushes open a door and shoves the much taller Tom Selleck while berating him. That moment, to Claremont, captured the essence of Wolverine.

He said that as Cameron launched his own studio, Lightstorm Entertainment, in 1990, he and Marvel Comics mastermind Stan Lee went to his office to pitch him an X-Men movie.

“Just think about this for a minute: James Cameron’s X-Men. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. That’s what we were playing,” Claremont said. “So we’re chatting. And at one point Stan looks at Cameron and says, ‘I hear you like Spider-Man.’ Cameron’s eyes lit up.

“And they start talking. And talking. And talking. About 20 minutes later all the Lighstorm guys and I are looking at each other, and we all know the X-Men deal has just evaporated. Kathryn goes off and writes a screen treatment for X-Men that was eaten alive by all the idiots who have a piece of Spider-Man because Marvel during its evolution has sold off the rights time and time and time again. To Carolco. To Universal. To this to that. To Fox. It was just a nightmare.”

20th Century Fox finally released Singer’s “X-Men” in 2000. Sony ultimately released Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” in 2002, with a script by David Koepp.

Claremont had no complains about Singer’s “X-Men” films — or the casting of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Halle Berry as Storm. They launched a franchise and helped open the door to a decade of comic book blockbusters. But Claremont wondered what might have been if Cameron’s film had been made a decade before Singer’s.

As the watcher would say….what If?….What If?….What If!?



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5 thoughts on “Angella Basette as Storm? what if!?

  • March 26, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I remember when this travesty first occurred. I remember hearing that Ms. Bassett did not get the role of Storm and a single tear ran down my face. I remember hearing some foolishness about her age and wanting a younger cast. Angela Bassett IS Storm personified! And if I sound heated its because I was really pissed off about Ms. Berry’s portrayal. It was simply lackluster! Smh…

  • March 26, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Perhaps had they given Storm/Halle something to DO in the movie, instead of building it around Wolverine/Hugh Jackman. it might not have seemed so “lackluster”. Angela is very talented, and attractive, but her looks come off as more villlain than hero…..her face is hard. As big of a
    fan of Halle Berry as I am, I didn’t think she was the best choice, better than Angela Bassett, though. The person who was actually Storm personified was Iman. She naturally speaks/sounds as you think Storm would, and really looks like the character. Give her a white wig (and not that fright wig they stupidly gave Halle, and you’d have Storm. She was
    the perfect choice. I don;t know why they adapted the comic book then totally ignored it….

  • March 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I am a big Angela Bassett fan and would have loved her as Storm. However my first choice back in the day was Iman. I thought she could carry the character with the majestic regal quality of Storm and her stature was powerful (she’s tall) too. Her speech everything about her screams Storm. I don’t feel age should have been a factor.

  • March 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    The only person that should have ever played storm is Iman. Hands down she is Orro Monroe.

  • September 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Angela Basset is STORM POINT BLANK PERIOD.. LOVE MS. Berry but please she could never do a portrayal of Storm than Ms. Basset, that woman is everything Storm


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