By Benjamin Wright | The Playlist July 22, 2011 at 1:17AM
Obviously, if you don't want to know this info, skip this article and move on:spoilers are ahead.
Unless you've been away from your computer for the last 24 hours, you may have noticed that a lot of the most highly anticipated films of the next year or so have been unloading the goods at San Diego Comic-Con. Fox in particular has been showing off a lot of its upcoming projects, with posters and a sizzle reel for Andrew Niccol's "In Time" dropping, as well as some juicy info arriving about the forthcoming "Alien" spinoff/prequel "Prometheus." Apparently Fox can't even contain the excitement for its upcoming roster of films to its own panels, as "The Wolverine" star Hugh Jackman opened up about his future foe in the James Mangold-helmed film while doing promotion for DreamWorks' "Real Steel."
Jackman's surprise appearance at the "Real Steel" panel allowed him the chance to give some updates on a few of his upcoming projects in the audience question and answer session. Besides mentioning that he would certainly be starring in "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper's adaptation of "Les Miserables" (which undoubtedly put the Comic-Con crowd to sleep), according to Screen Rant, Jackman went on to say 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.”
Now, if you're familiar with the Chris Claremont-penned comic series that "The Wolverine" is supposedly drawing from, the fact that the Katana-wielding Silver Samurai will be the film's baddie should come as little surprise. Set mostly in Japan, Claremont's comic cast the Silver Samurai as the half-brother of a woman that Wolverine falls deeply in love with, and suffice to say his traditional Samurai ways allow him little fondness for her relationship with our clawed hero.
While "3:10 to Yuma" director James Mangold can craft a thrilling action scene (even in the creatively bankrupt "Knight & Day"), this news just makes us think of what Darren Aronofsky could have brought to the table. If the potential for a Samurai on Wolverine battle doesn't conjure up images of the visceral battle scenes scattered throughout Aronofsky's misunderstood "The Fountain," then perhaps it's time for you to go back and take a look at that one. While Mangold certainly isn't the worst Fox could have gone with, and whining about Aronosky's departure is useless by now, we can't help but treat this as just another little grain of news for this ever-changing blockbuster.