THE WOLVERINE Director Talks Death, Pain, Toxin And Anime

Director James Mangold talks about some of the supporting players in The Wolverine including Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), Yuko (Rila Fukushima) and Mariko (Tao Okamoto). Lots of clues for those that have read the original story from Chris Claremont.

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By Mark Julian - 3/25/2013



Along with the new stills released in Entertainment Weekly, director James Mangold freely shared a few choice tidbits about the women surrounding Logan (Hugh Jackman) in The Wolverine.

The Wolverine James Mangold

The WolverineJames Mangold offered up this interesting quote on Yukio played by newcomer Rila Fukushima, "I would say [Wolverine and Yukio] have a unique relationship. She's lethal herself. She's a tremendous fighter....I think she's both sexy and almost kind of sprung from the anime world. It's a real badass character."

The director went on to say that he hopes the fight scenes are something a little different from what's come before, "There's an urgency and a kind of intensity and hand to hand physicality to the fighting that I hope is a little different than everything else out there."

Lightly touching on The Wolverine picking up from the end of X-Men: The Last Stand and the death of Jean-Grey Mangold states, "He realizes everyone he loves dies, and his whole life is full of pain. So it's better that he just escapes. He can't die really. He just wants to get away from everything."

Viper played by Svetlana Khodchenkova, was revealed in Entertainment Weekly to have a sexy, green costume in keeping with her character's comic book background as a member of Hydra. Mangold shared that, "As her name would imply, she's kind of snakelike. She likes to play with toxins. She's immune to toxins. She's kind of formidable. Viper views Logan like a great hunter might view hunting a lion in his quarry. There's kind of an admiration, a desire to destroy and a desire to consume and to have and to hold."

Mariko (Tao Okamoto) is Logan's primary love interest in the film. Mangold provided a little background about where we find Mariko at the start of the film, "At the time this movie opens, there's a kind of gangland war going on between law enforcement and the Yakuza, and there's been a lot of kidnappings and extortion. So she's someone who's under threat."

Be sure to check CBM often, we'll be getting our first glimpse of actual footage in a teaser tomorrow and a full trailer at some point during this week.

Running Time: In post-production
Release Date: July 26, 2013
MPAA Rating: R (rumored)
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto
Directed by: James Mangold
Written by: Mark Bomback (screenplay) Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay) Frank Miller (comic book) Chris Claremont (comic book)

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Source: EW
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TheSoulEater - 3/25/2013, 2:20 AM
Mr. Mangold

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Well done, well said. I cannot wait
P862010 - 3/25/2013, 2:25 AM
@SyamAgsa14 the movie poster with wolverine on his knees look epic

the terrible one is probably for international markets thus the asian ninjas on the poster

and first class had terrible posters and that film is great
scootaloo - 3/25/2013, 2:33 AM
Rila [frick]ushimi looks like a [frick]ing alien. Her head is massive.
Deadpool727 - 3/25/2013, 2:40 AM
Coolio, he dropped the hint about Viper and poisons.
It says on the article we are getting our first glimpse of footage today, I thought that was supposed to be tomorrow?
AmazingFantasy - 3/25/2013, 2:53 AM
Honestly.
I reckon this will be an underrated hit
Deadpool727 - 3/25/2013, 2:56 AM
Also, this should be rated a 15 (in the UK).
CorronZenith30 - 3/25/2013, 3:26 AM
I'm excited for this film, really but for some reason I cant shake I'm also am slightly concerned...
ashola69 - 3/25/2013, 3:32 AM
I visited the japan set of the wolverine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZIBCvaga_0

check out my set video here
Gus - 3/25/2013, 5:10 AM
Those pictures excite me. Excite me indeed...
Except the third, maybe. Looks like all generic picture from any of the X-Men films.
UltimateTypeface - 3/25/2013, 5:45 AM
I don't think this is going to please the fanboys.

[frick]ing arthouse directors and caberet dancers - cant someone just stick to the source material, I mean how hard is it ??

What is this the 4th or 5th movie inn which Wolverine is a pretty looking wise cracking poof!

(OK he was good in 1st Class)

Give me a flannel wearing, nasty, dirty, beer swilling, cigar smoking, half man - half beast wolverine like he was meant to be.
gambgel - 3/25/2013, 6:03 AM
that young actress seems to be the new Hit girl.
lets see how badass she is on the teaser first
MarkJulian - 3/25/2013, 6:06 AM
We're getting a teaser today and full trailer tomorrow.
RPD - 3/25/2013, 6:11 AM
I bet this one's gonna be good. Just got a feeling...
FrenzyFreak - 3/25/2013, 6:41 AM
So in the movies is this Viper going to be separate from the Madame Hydra at Marvel Studios or does Fox have all the rights to her?
ATrueHero1987 - 3/25/2013, 6:42 AM
I hope we get that teaser before 5.
KINGPEN266 - 3/25/2013, 7:01 AM
IS THE ONE WITH THE RED HAIR ....WAIT THAT LADY DEATHSTRIKE!!! I.....CANT......WAIT
SCURVYDOG619 - 3/25/2013, 7:04 AM
Here's the thing: Viper and the Silver Samurai were NOT in Claremont and Miller's Japan saga miniseries.

They appeared in X-Men 172-173,which expanded events from the end of the miniseries.

Yeah,I know,I need to get a life...lol

specialkail - 3/25/2013, 7:09 AM
Ive had pretty good feelings about this but the more stuff they release the worse i feel about it.

I'm worried his claws are gonna look like bullshit like they did in origins.

Also, i think viper looks stupid.

Also, viper uses toxins, but is immune to toxins, which is fine and makes sense, except generally wolverine is also immune to toxins.

The only thing i am semi excited about is they talked about him getting wounded and not healing so that leads me to believe someones gonna have the miramusa blade, most likely leading into the silver samurai origins.
deamon - 3/25/2013, 7:30 AM
@KINGPEN266
Don't be moron, it's Yukio.
MarkJulian - 3/25/2013, 7:39 AM
My bad, teaser tomorrow and full trailer the day after that.
BatsFan - 3/25/2013, 7:40 AM
lol [frick]ushima
Jollem - 3/25/2013, 8:21 AM
i put origins at about iron man 2 level. this looks and sounds good
ComicFan1134 - 3/25/2013, 8:23 AM
Well, I Guess I'm For It...
MrMartinMarvel - 3/25/2013, 8:37 AM
Honestly, I'm sensing another crap-fast. There will be much more effort put in than Origins, but still a crap-fest.
Rowsdower - 3/25/2013, 8:49 AM
Oh my god this looks like shit.


It's up to Singer to save what he started all those years ago.
chuckg313 - 3/25/2013, 9:01 AM
Those pics look baaaaad....not bad meaning,good...damn had high hopes for this one
lvcl - 3/25/2013, 9:12 AM
A blonde Viper?
What the hell is her stupid dress taken from the worst cosplay ever??

I cant´t understand why Viper looks like that and Hugh Jackman don´t want to wear Wolverine´s costume
TheRationalNerd - 3/25/2013, 9:13 AM
SyamAgsa14:

The Avwngers posters were crappy too and look at how it turned out! (not the best comic book movie) but very successful,in the box office and the kiddos and family loved it.

I honestly believe that as technology got better movie posters got more wack! lol
Explosiveninja5 - 3/25/2013, 12:09 PM
wait, is this before or after Xmen 1,2 and 3 or after Xmen origins: Wolverine
MarkJulian - 3/25/2013, 12:16 PM
After X-Men 3.
jimoakley666 - 3/26/2013, 1:28 AM
Cool. All looking and sounding great so far. I love that pic of Logan and Mariko in the arcade.

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