This writer isn't overly familiar with the character, so we'll leave it to comic folks to determine whether the matching gloves, shades and angular haircut are right for the part. As for the character, she was originally a Captain America antagonist before becoming the presumed lover of Silver Samurai, Wolverine's villain in the picture. Viper has no real powers but is best known for her athletic ability and skills in martial arts as a swordswoman and a markswoman. She first comes across Wolverine when thwarted by the clawed anti-hero in trying to poison gang boss daughter Mariko but, in later comics, she became more ambivalent, blackmailing Wolverine into marrying her, and developing real feelings for him.
Directed by James Mangold, the movie stars Hugh Jackman (obviously), Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee and Brian Tee. "The Wolverine" will claw its way into cinemas on July 26, 2013. [VK]