Trivia / The Wolverine


  • Actor Allusion:
    • In The Stinger, Magneto warns of "dark forces approaching," which is from The Lord of the Rings.
    • Will Yun Lee previously portrayed another Marvel's Japanese ninja assassin in Elektra.
    • Hiroyuki Sanada plays Shingen Yashida, who uses a black armor very similar to the one Sanada's character used in The Last Samurai.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Tao Okamoto agreed to sign on to star in the film after her agent told her that she would be starring opposite Hugh Jackman as it turns out that she had a crush on him ever since seeing him in X-Men when she was a teenager.
  • California Doubling: Parts of the film set in Japan and Canada were filmed in and around Sydney, Australia.
  • Dawson Casting: Inverted with Haruhiko 'Hal' Yamanouchi as Ichirō Yashida. The character was a soldier during World War II, but the actor who plays him was born in 1946!
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Hugh Jackman regained a ton of muscle after losing weight for Les Miserables and finally got to achieve the look he wanted when he played Wolverine in the first X-Men film. Because he would be shooting the fight with Shingen Yashida shirtless, Jackman stopped eating for a few days and even stopped drinking water in order to show maximum muscle definition and to make his veins pop out more.
  • Fake Nationality: Korean Will Yun Lee playing Japanese Kenuichio Harada. Wolverine himself, a Canadian played by Australian Hugh Jackman. Also Magneto, a German Jew played by a Brit. Averted with all the other plot-important Japanese characters being played by actual Japanese people.
  • Follow the Leader: While the use of post-credits scenes was nothing new (not even in this franchise, as X-Men: The Last Stand already did its own), the Marvel Cinematic Universe popularized their use as a tool for 'world-building', i.e. using them to tie non-sequel movies into a bigger universe. The Wolverine "copies" this concept as it contains a stinger that ties it into X-Men: Days of Future Past, when originally this movie wasn't going to be related to X-Men: First Class nor the original trilogy.
  • I Knew It!: You will find very, very few people who didn't know who the Silver Samurai was going to be.
  • The Other Darrin: In the Mexican Spanish dub, Shingen was originally voiced by Paco Mauri. In the dub of "Unleashed", Mauri was replaced by Gabriel Pingarrón.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Early drafts would have had Wolverine as the only mutant character.
    • Initially, Darren Aronofsky was chosen to direct the movie, but dropped out because he was uncomfortable working out of the country away from his family.
    • Guillermo del Toro was interested in directing the movie, but passed on the offer in order to make Pacific Rim instead.
    • An alternate ending for the film, found on the DVD release, featured Logan receiving the comic-accurate yellow and black costume Wolverine costume from Yukio, complete with the trademark mask..
    • Jessica Biel was offered the role of Viper, but a deal couldn't be reached, and she dropped out.


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