2. Halle Berry
Appeared in: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Halle Berry's performance as Storm in the original X-Men movies was iconic and is without a doubt one of the most well-known superhero performances in the genre. She embodied the character's regal demeanor and fierce determination, captivating audiences with her commanding presence on screen. Berry's portrayal brought depth to Storm, infusing the character with humanity and complexity, making her a standout among the ensemble cast Now that doesn't mean the performance was flawless.
While I adore Berry's performance as Storm and her character was my absolute favorite X-Men character as a kid watching these movies in theaters, as an adult who has since re-watched the films I fully understand and agree with the critiques many had with the character.
Yes, Berry was a bit inconsistent with her character's accent and there were some moments when she didn't quite channel the goddess-like figure we know Storm to be in the comics. However, the blame for the character's shortcomings needs to be placed on the creative team more than it deserves to be placed on Berry. The writers pushed Storm to the background on so many occasions, wasting away the character's potential and giving her awful material to work with -- we all know what happens when a toad is struck by lightning, the same thing that happens to everything else.
With the materials she was given, Berry's portrayal of Storm in the X-Men films remains iconic for breaking barriers as the first Black woman to portray a major superhero on screen. Despite criticisms of the films, Berry's talent and star power brought depth and charisma to the character, leaving a lasting impact on audiences and making her one of the best to play Storm over the years.