We've known for a while that the next Wolverine movie will be set in Japan, where your favorite adamantium-clawed mutant gets himself in "a forbidden romance with a Japanese woman whose hand in marriage is promised to another man."
Oh, brother. This probably comes as no surprise to comic book fans, but Hugh Jackman recently confirmed during a surprise appearance at Comic-Con that the main villain of The Wolverine will be the Silver Samurai, a Japanese mutant with the power to charge anything -- say, a katana blade -- with mutant energy.
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.I think it's safe to say that this is one comic character that will not undergo any racebending... he's a villain, after all. Hopefully, his costume will be significantly different from what he wears in the comics. That thing is downright silly.
There is no word yet on who might play the Silver Samurai but as Comic-Con goes on oever the next 3 days there is a good chance more information regarding The Wolvering will trickle out, and that question could be answered as well.
So, who do you think will play the Silver Samurai? I'm sure we'll find out soon enough: Hugh Jackman Reveals The Villain of 'Wolverine 2.'