Hugh Jackman Reveals The Villain Of ‘Wolverine 2′

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

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The 2011 San Diego Comic-Con is finally in full swing and there are plenty of movies, TV shows and comic books all clamoring for your attention and dollar. Besides all the panels, round table interviews and promotional boothes inside the convention center, studios also hold promotions outside the facility in the surrounding parking lots – in this case Petco Park (home to the San Diego Padres).

Hugh Jackman made a surprise appearance this morning to do a promotion for his upcoming fighting robot movie Real Steel, and during the Q&A time with the audience he dropped some pretty interesting bits of information regarding Wolverine 2 – namely who the main villain is and when they will start shooting the film.

Naming the villain could be considered a spoiler to some folks, so if you don’t want to know who it will be, I suggest you stop reading NOW.






Said Jackman to the audience:

“I’m filming Les Miserables in February, but before that I will be filming Wolverine 2 in October. Chris McQuarrie has written a fantastic script and it should turn out really good. I’ll fight the Silver Samurai in it so that should be exciting. Most of the filming will take place in Japan.”

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Last month (June) James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) was announced as the man who will helm the second film – tentatively titled The Wolverine – after Darren Aronofsky stepped down. Though nothing had been confirmed we speculated a while back that one of the villains could potentially be the Silver Samurai and now thanks to Jackman we know this is the villain writer Chris McQuarrie (Jack the Giant Killer) has chosen.

The Silver Samurai (character’s “real” name is Kenuichio Harada) has a long history in the Marvel Universe and should make an admirable foe for Wolverine. Harada is actually the half-brother of Wolverine’s lover Mariko Yashida and he has major issues with her relationship with Wolvie. In the comics, Wolverine is trained in the ways of the samurai by Kenuichio and Mariko’s father Shingen and eventually joins Shingen’s Clan Yashida.

There is no word yet on who might play the Silver Samurai but as Comic-Con goes on over the next 3 days there is a good chance more information regarding The Wolverine will trickle out, and that question could be answered as well.

Who would you like to see play the Silver Samuari in The Wolverine? (Ken Watanabe is my first choice).

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  1. The best choice is obviously Ken Jeong of “Community” and “Hangover 2.”

  2. This could go either way. I’m not a big fan of the Japan stories in the comic. I like my villains with hand beams and destroying New York City. I don’t particularly like seeing endless scenes of clearing out ninja’s in warehouses.

  3. Well, since they usually throw continuity to the wind at Fox, would be cool to have Sunfire in this. I always liked him as a character, and he is an X-Man…..

    • I don’t know much about Sunfire myself, but he would be a welcome addition to ‘Wolverine 2′ I think… :-)

  4. I remember the hype in the run up to wolverine 1, hugh jackman saying the fans were gonna love it.its awesome” etc
    then i went to see it, long time marvel fan, big dissapointment.not just as a fanboy, but as a movie-goer. i like hugh, but dude. the dialogue was bad, the action scenes were awful.
    they even took the slow-mo hero walking away from explosion, to new levels of cheesiness.
    wolverine saying hes coming for blood, then killing nobody. deadpool, the merc-with the mouth having his mouth stitched up? is that a wind up for the fanboys?
    this is going to be more of the same. let the rights go back to marvel you are wasting everyones time trying to make a decent wolvy movie.

  5. So, does this mean the powers-that-be behind the largely disappointing Xmen/Wolverine films will be introducing the “super-soldier” aspect of Wolverine’s character which has been absurdly, maddeningly lacking in their efforts thus far? Recall, that, a la Captain America, Logan is supposed to be an impeccably, voluminously trained martial artist – an expert in most forms of hand-to-hand combat, who also happens to come equipped with adamantium bones and heightened reflexes/senses. The iteration of this character on the big screen has been little more than a ferocious brawler with claws. I’ve been long irked by the way Mystique, Sabertooth, and Lady Deathstrike slapped him around in the early films. Wolvie survived those confrontations, mainly, by “outsmarting” his opponents, not outfighting them. Ridiculous. I hope this report is an indication they are moving toward straightening out this egregious bungle.

    • Along with the Daredevil/Elektra mess it has been funny how off base these movies are when it comes to the fighting scenes and how the characters are rooted in a martial arts background. For most of these movie makers a fight scene involves flipping people around on wires and I doubt they put more then a minutes thought into fight choreography. As I have always said the only comic movie that had good martial arts sense was the one that had no connection to it in it’s comic form, Blade.

      Ironically I caught the Wolverine anime on G4 and they did the whole wooden sword fight with Mariko’s father and actually followed the comic version pretty close.

    • You know Steve, its funny that you should mention the “super soldier” aspect of Logan’s ”skill-sets’. I remember way back in 1994 when I was just a teenager.While watching Demolition Man, the scene where Huxley and John Spartan find out what ‘rehabiltation program’ was Simon Phoenix given.To make him into such a more formiddable and dangerous opponent.

      I remember saying at the time,”He has like the same type of resume (now) as Weapon X (Wolverine) does…

      But I don’t know about Wolvie being such a ‘King of Fighters’ though.I have always felt that having a mutant power like his, in a way – might decrease ones fight or flight response.Every creature has reflexes.They help us survive and react appropriately to danger.But would someone with an ‘Accelerated Healing Factor’ reflexes be heightened or lessened?

      I can still recall how badly Deadpool kicked Wolverine’s ass, in a comic from the 1990′s.There’s a picture of Deadpool impaling him with both of his swords on the cover of the comic.

      On another note: Donny Yen should be cast as Silver Samurai, hands down.(Even though he’s not japanese) He has the athletism, martial arts skill and swagger, to be a real scene stealer.If some here don’t know who he is — Check him out in Blade 2 or Highlander: Endgame.

      • I completely agree with your decision of Donnie Yen. He was my first choice too. Your recommendations for his movies kinda suck though. If you really want to see what he’s capable of then you must see, Ip Man, Ip Man 2, and The Return of Chen Zen which is a sequel of sorts to Jet Li’s Fist of Legend.
        On another note, I really hope they make Wolverine 2 the way it should be made, just like the comic. I think ALL the previous Xmen movies were ok for their entertainment value but for fans of the comics, like myself, they sucked. Especially Xmen The Last Stand. What were they thinking??? They killed off too many main characters and totally ruined the Phoenix saga. And even though it was all messed up, where’s the follow up to The Last Stand where Professor X awakens in his new body? Remember when they showed that scene in the hospital after the credits? They can’t even continue their own version of the Xmen without screwing up the timeline so where do they go from here? If any Marvel movies deserve a reboot it’s the entire Xmen franchise.

  6. as long as fox has the wolverine property, this franchise will stink…
    the first one stunk and so will this story line, would love to see the wolverine taking on the hulk like in the comic book and cartoon…. but that will never happen until fox gives this property back to its rightful owner MARVEL.

  7. OMFG I WOULD LOVE KEN WATANABE AS SILVER SAMURI!!!!! XDD I think Hugh makes a great Wolvie even if the screen writers mess up the original comic book lines. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT WOLVIE MOVIE AND LES MISREBLES AS WEEL!!!

  8. @ Son of Prometheus: thanks for the response. The “super-soldier” aspect of Wolverine was definitely supposed to be a key component of his lethality. I love scouring the various Marvel character compendiums (on the internet, hard copy books, even the collector’s cards available back in the 1990′s (?), and I would often flip to the Wolverine entry to see what they had to say about him. The lethally trained, fighting-machine aspect of his personae almost always figured prominently, although depending on the source some details of his powers/abilities varied.(For instance, and as an aside, I initially had the impression Wolverine was endowed with greater physical *strength* than he currently is represented as possessing. In his first appearance wayyyy back in a mid-1970′s issue of The Incredible Hulk, for example, he tussles with the Hulk AND Wendigo *at the same time* — and manages to knock out Wendigo (a villain with Hulk-class power) in the process. According to a couple different sources I’ve consulted, however, Wolvie’s actual strength is just that of an astonishingly fit man of his size, augmented by the unbreakable nature of his adamantium bones so that he can press something in the order of 800 lbs.)Anyway, notes his heightened physical senses, endurance, agility, and reflexes; and of course those murderous, adamantium-coated bones and his healing factor. And, it offers the following regarding his training: “Due to his extensive training as a soldier, a C.I.A. operative, a samurai, a spy, and a member of the X-Men, Wolverine is an exceptional hand-to-hand combatant, having mastered virtually every fighting style on Earth. He is also a trained expert in multiple types of weapons, vehicles, computer systems, explosives, and assassination techniques. More on“. As I’ve mentioned, much of that last quality has been glaringly lacking in every one of Logan’s cinematic appearances.

    • I hear you — When I think about how difficult an opponent Wolverine is or would be to defeat.I usually put it this way: “To me, fighting Wolverine is how I would imagine — Fighting God must be like!

      Think about it.You can hit him with your ‘best’ shot; but it doesn’t matter.But when he hits you with his best shot.99.8% of the time.The fights over :(


      Magneto has his way of dealing with the Canadian.But he’s really an exception to the rule, isn’t he.

      The only other character that I can think of (other than some over-powered character like Dark Phoenix or Silver Surfer) who can get the better of Weapon X. Is Superman…

      Even though Logan has his ‘Healing Factor’ his body is still mostly H2O just like everyone else.The Man of Steel doesn’t kill and he wouldn’t have to start against Wolverine.All he would have to do is hit him with his ‘Heat Vision’ at a frequency designed to dehydrate and the fight would be over before it has begun. :D

  9. I’d like to see Hiroyuki Ikeuchi. He played General Miura in the Donnie Yen movie Ip Man. Another potential candidate would be Tsuyoshi Ihara. He was in Letters from Iwo Jima and recently starred in 13 Assassins. Just some nice alternatives to Ken Watanabe.

  10. how will they weave sabretoothe intothis film, and the two into first class 2 if they are forgetting that origins happened? bring in a savage ruthless sabretoothe, and at the end of this film have wolverine traveling to russia where he incounters omega red,and on his journey he randomly fights with sabretoothe who just want to bring pain to logan.

  11. There’s also this from Wikipedia on the Silver Samurai’s page:

    In the featurette “Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins”, on the DVD release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the producer Lauren Shuler Donner reveals that 20th Century Fox has approved the making of a stand alone Wolverine movie focusing on the Silver Samurai, and Wolverine’s time in Japan.

  12. this could be exciting news, as long as Fox abattoir can keep themselves from giving him optic blasts :/

    • I agree, they really screwed over Deadpool (& currently are still) in that first movie. Both Fox & Sony really need to shape up with their CBM’s because it’s really getting old & kinda sad that every other company can make good quality movies that stick to some form of sorce material while they do the same, but then tweek it in their image turning something with a whole hell of a lot of potential into pure crap. :/

      • @icy I totally agree though it seems Sony might’ve actually made a quality product this time alimho just judging by the first trailer anyway

      • Well at least the new Spidey film looks promising IMHO

  13. The thing about these films is that the need to be 18 rated.
    We need to see more blod, guts and gore.
    How can you have Wolverine going on a berserker rage with no arms, limbs and body parts flying all over the place.

    I would love love love an X-men reboot 18 rated film where people serious get messed up. Blade was a good example of how a comic book movie should be made (although the follow ups sucked)

  14. Hiroyuki Sanada should play the Silver Surfer he has the acting skills and is a true martial artist. This guy can convey love and hate without any words a he has played everything from Shakespeare to Doctors and teachers and everything in between. Watch him in the Last Samurai, Dogen in Lost and the original version of the Ring. Ken Watanabe is good but not like Hiroyuki Sanada that man rocks!

  15. @ Liz I think you mean the Silver Samurai honest mistake though. Marvel does have too many silver guys jumping around, Silver Samurai, Silver Surfer, and quicksilver, back to your point I do agree that Sanada should at least be given the chance to audition. My only concern is his age, 52 if I did my math correct lol :-D math isn’t my strong point , but he was my favorite samurai in the last samurai. I’m pretty sure however that the studio will try to Americanize the Silver Samurai and that will bite the big one

  16. Yeti! Thank you for the correction:) I can’t believe I did that. You never know they may go for Hiro and they could always smooth him out with CGI they made him look young in speed racer although I hated what they did to him. The Silver Samurai in my opinion should look like he has lived a life, a life in the fast lane and Hiro would be ideal. I love him eye bags and all he looks like a real bloke not some pretty girly man. Check out the youtube JAC it is 50 min long and you get to see Hiro use a boken only for about 10 seconds – they slowed the fotage down he was mid 20s but so fast and light on his feet like a dancer – youtube motorexver321967′s Channel:). That guy really know how to use a sword. If this was 30 years ago they could have used Sonny Chiba, now he would have been great.

  17. at the end will he get his son daken?

  18. When will omega red make an appearance in a x men movie

  19. Wow! wtf is going on???? The next Wolverine villian in a movie should be omega red!!! Him and wolverine use to battle eachother all the time!

  20. Wow! what is going on???? The next Wolverine villian in a movie should be omega red!!! Him and wolverine use to battle eachother all the time!

  21. The next Wolverine villian in a movie should be omega red!!! Him and wolverine use to battle eachother all the time!

  22. The entire X-Men/Wolverine movie franchise is not up to the standards of Marvel. The lead actor who plays Wolverine does not play him with depth or to the intensity or actually acting that is needed. He and the other actors and the directors and producers all appear to take this franchise as a joke and the storyline reflects this attitude. Why make these movies at all? For money. I believe this is their sole purpose along with perpetuating their fame at a continual moving franchise that is moving in no direction of extinction as with each new movie they make less and less money. The new Japanese version of the movie is not being filmed in Japan now but Australia and the lead actor looks very worn and much too old too play the part as he does not have the body type or the character as indicated in Marvel. Let’s just let these die a fast death and concentrate on better interpretations of our beloved characters!

  23. I like Ken Watanabe as a choice… I prefer Hiroyuki Sanada. Now, thats a bad man.

  24. I like Ken Watanabe as a choice. I prefer Hiroyuki Sanada. Now, thats a bad man.

  25. Ken watanable OR Rick Yune.

  26. Next movie should have omega red or the other version of weapon x or maybe deadpool oh wait he died

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