Marvel Comics’ next big-screen adaptation of the Wolverine (called ‘Wolverine 2’ but going under the official title ‘The Wolverine’ — for now) has had some production setbacks, mainly due to the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan (where filming on the production takes place).
But things should pick up soon, at least according to the Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, who appeared at the ‘Real Steel’ Comic Con panel Thursday morning and let it slip that the ‘Wolverine’ would begin shooting in October. But the most exciting tidbit — for fans — was the villain Wolverine will be fighting: Jackman revealed it would be the Silver Samurai.
The film, directed by James Mangold and co-starring Kelly Hu, will be released in 2012.
Here’s how Marvel describes the Silver Samurai:
Keniuchio Harada (Silver Samurai) is the mutant son of the former Japanese crimelord Shingen Harada. As a youth, Harada mastered the attendant disciplines of the medieval samurai and sought employment as a warrior for hire. He first worked for the criminal Mandrill and clashed with the blind hero Daredevil. Harada then served the Viper, an agent of the terrorist organization Hydra, as her bodyguard. In that capacity, Harada battled opponents such as the costumed crimefighter Spider-Man, the martial arts master Shang-Chi, and the team of mutant trainee heroes the New Mutants. Following his father’s death, Harada sought the leadership of Shingen’s Clan Yashida from his half-sister Mariko Yashida, but was opposed by the ronin Yukio and Mariko’s lover, the mutant adventurer Wolverine.