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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Early drafts would have had Logan 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.
    • Adam Ross, a sculptor at Legacy Effects, created a prop for The Wolverine that revealed a yellow and black costume, complete with Wolverine's trademark mask. It went unused, though it's possible it would have been used for when a repowered Magneto and a revived Xavier recruited Logan during the movie's epilogue.
  • Apparently Doug Walker has an uncredited cameo in the film.
    • Seeing as it's by IMDB, where "rumored casting" and "uncredited cameos" are basically "Hey, wouldn't it be cool if X was in this?", it's highly unlikely this is true.


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