‘Wolverine 2′ Set Photos Reveal Japanese WW II Prison Camp

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

[UPDATE: As requested by Fox, we have removed the images, sorry.]

An Australian press conference was held for the beginning of production next week on Wolverine 2 (officially titled The Wolverine), with Hugh Jackman and Australian prime minister Julia Gillard in attendance. The award-winning showman expressed his enduring fondness for the titular character (a.k.a. Logan), and offered his condolences about last week’s Colorado massacre at a Dark Knight Rises midnight screening.

Photographers were allowed to snap up pictures of the Wolverine set, which will compliment the film’s on-location shooting in Japan. The delayed X-Men movie is partially based on Chris Claremont’s popular Wolverine comic mini-series from the 1980s (it primarily takes place in metropolitan areas of Japan).

Images from the Wolverine set reveal miniature models, mid-construction molds, and a board plastered with concept art/photos – all pointing to the final product being a WW II era prison of war camp. The Leader is confirming that assessment, with the revelation that Bonna Point Reserve is going to be “temporarily occupied” for the first couple days of shooting on Wolverine 2 (beginning July 30th).

[Sidenote: Check out the painterly image of a Samurai warrior - wielding their sword against a dying evening sky - fixed prominently near the top of the concept art board.]


Claremont’s Wolverine source story plumbs the depth of Logan’s mindset, painting him as a modern Samurai warrior, who’s regressed into a cynical loner wandering the world. We have an inkling as to how the film adaptation deviates from the brooding, sporadically violent, nature of Claremont’s mini-series – what with Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard) rewriting Christopher McQuarrie’s original script draft, presumably with the intent of upping the action ante. There was also recent news of an altered role for Wolvie femme fatale, Viper (to be played by Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova, it seems).

There appears to be an added scene where we flashback to Wolvie in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during WW II – assuming that’s the setting teased in the above set photos. Couple that with the Samurai concept art picture mentioned before, and Wolverine 2 director James Mangold is carrying over (at least) some of the most interesting thematic ideas found in Claremont’s comic book.

The Wolverine opens in U.S. theaters on July 26th, 2013.


Source: if.com.au, The Leader [via CBM]

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  1. Nice. Hopefully this movie will keep to the film continuity which X-Men: First Class nearly destroyed.

  2. Aaaaannnd the Cap cameo rumors can start…. NOW!!

    • That would be awesome. They should of shown Wolverine in a cameo standing alongside a skinny Steve Rogers when they are first introduced to Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger.

      • and the obligatory point about Fox and Marvel Studios don’t work together then gets made.

        • Ding! :D

        • Better get used to it ol’ friend, I have a feeling that next year’s Cap/Wolverine cameo rumors will be just as plentiful as this year’s Spider-Man/Avengers cameo rumors…

  3. Im hopeing to see some cool cameos like Sauron,Sabretoothe,Stryker,and Omega Red.

    • So you want another X-3 or Origins?

  4. I don’t know about Sauron but I could see Sabretooth returning and the introduction of Omega Red.

    • Why would Omega Red be in Japan? He is from Russia.

  5. Looks cool can’t wait

  6. I see what looks to be a mushroom cloud at the top of the board of photos between the two larger photos. Wonder what kind of touchstone that will play in the movie? Will they tell this story or show it? I can imagine some voice-overs for stuff like the end of WWII, but then perhaps that’s something totally different. Hard to tell…

    • If they are setting the main story in the 80′s like the original story then this World War II scenario might be part of an opening like in Origins or set-up story. It seems like they have become fans of using real life events to put a time stamp on the last three X-films.

      • That makes sense, It’s just they look like they spent some bucks on a prison camp. But then that doesn’t mean there’s a connection to WWII and the camp but it would seem like a good guess…

        • You figure they shot all the opening footage of the Revolutionary War through VietNam, and it was probably the least jumbled part of the film. It does seem like it would bump up the budget to shoot all the period pieces, but since Wolverine ages slowly it does actually fit.

          They may just be using the World War II angle to introduce Logan’s first forays into Japan. Again if they set the majority of the story in 80′s or later I am not sure if he would have even run across any of the other main characters in the story during WW II.

  7. Wolverine as a samurai?…f*** yes!


  9. That is truly cool photo about world war 2 camp prison camp and wolverine will be that prison camp world war 2 in japan .

  10. I sure hope this is a flashback. If the movie is set in that period, Wolvie won’t have Adamantium claws. :(

  11. Looks awesome hope this is good

  12. Anyone else notice the concept art is blacked out now?