- Cast: Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Brian Tee , Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Hal Yamanouchi, James Fraser , Luke Webb, Ken Yamamura, Nobuaki Kakuda
- Director: James Mangold
- Writers: Mark Bomback, Scott Frank
- Producers: Hugh Jackman, John Palermo, Hutch Parker, Lauren Shuler Donner
- Executive Producer: Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr.
- Art Direction: Ian Gracie
- Casting: Yôko Narahashi
- Costume Design: Isis Mussenden
- D.O.P.: Ross Emery
- Editor: Michael McCusker
- Makeup: Nick Nicolaou
- Music: Marco Beltrami
- Production Design: François Audouy
In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Sydney, Australia; Tokyo, Japan
- Production Budget: $100 million
- Production Companies: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Marvel Entertainment, Donners' Company, Seed Productions, Ingenious Media, Big Screen Productions, Ingenious Film Partners, Dune Entertainment III
- Production Schedule: 30 July 2012 - 21 November 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "It has been a surprisingly long road for the return of Hugh Jackman's clawed mutant to the big screen after the disappointment that was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". Rumblings began over four years ago that the plan was to follow that 2009 film up with a sequel set in Japan and based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's 1982 limited comic series. That particular story is Jackman's favorite, but wasn't suitable for a first standalone film. Christopher McQuarrie was quickly brought onboard to pen the script and things got moving.
Then it hit choppy waters. For a few months there Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct and the talked turned to making this a dark stand-alone story. Suddenly it felt like the character was headed in a bold, fresh and exciting direction. That elation was cut down after Aronofsky bowed out, while the whole production was put on the back burner following the Japanese tsunami in early 2011. Further delays happened due to Jackman's scheduling for "Les Miserables," and it wasn't until last August that filming finally got under way with James Mangold ("3:10 to Yuma") at the helm.
Shot primarily in Sydney, some of the big revelations in recent months have been that the action is set AFTER the events of "X-Men: The Last Stand". Mangold says that decision was made because he felt "it was really important to find Logan at a moment where he was stripped clean of his duties to the X-Men, his other allegiances, and even stripped clean of his own sense of purpose. I was fascinated with the idea of portraying Logan as a ronin – the definition of which is a samurai without a master, without a purpose. Kind of a soldier who is cut loose. War is over. What does he do? What does he face? What does he believe anymore? Who are his friends? What is his reason for being here anymore?"
The story has Logan visiting Japan at the behest of a figure from his past. He soon finds himself out of his depth in an unknown world. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he faces the Silver Samurai in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Half of the film's characters speak Japanese and the tone is said to be as much a detective drama and film noir as it is an action movie. It blends Japanese culture, gangster culture, and ninja culture into a character piece set within an insulated world.
Unfortunately for "The Wolverine," it's in the same position as last year's "The Amazing Spider-Man" - it's the least widely anticipated of the three superhero movies opening in the Summer. Marvel's "Iron Man 3" juggernaut and DC's "Man of Steel" Superman reboot have blown more wind up people's skirts so far, though admittedly they also started earlier on their marketing campaigns. Jackman and Mangold have been tirelessly talking up the movie, but we've reached a time where Fox needs to launch some strong trailers to make sure this particular film doesn't get lost in the crush."