From The Set of The Wolverine

ON was invited to the Sydney, Australia set of James Mangold’s The Wolverine, once again starring Hugh Jackman as Logan, AKA Wolverine! You can read a brief excerpt below before heading to SuperHeroHype to read the rest or you can click on the specific interviews below:

On October 31, 2012 I sat in a hotel room in Sydney, Australia reading an e-mail from the publicist hosting the online press for the set visit to The Wolverine. The last line of the e-mail said everything a Marvel fan could want to hear:

“Be prepared to see ninjas.”

That sentence ran through my mind as we traveled to the set in an unusual manner – by boat. The outdoor set of a Japanese village was built outside of Sydney in Homebush in the parking lot of Olympic Park. The fastest way to get there during rush hour was by boat, so that was the preferred means of transport for the crew. We zipped past iconic views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge before arriving at the set.

We were met with an impressive sight – a small Japanese village covered in ice and snow in the middle of springtime in Australia. From the small streets to the small cars to the authentic signage, everything about the set looked genuinely Japanese. Walking around the set, we discovered that the snow was actually made of fine paper while the small flakes drifting from the sky were a mixture of burned paper ash and foam. The end result was an amazingly real winter setting.

And here’s a quote from Hugh Jackman when he was asked whether Wolverine could ever appear in an Avengers movie:

“You know, obviously we have people from – one of the great things about this movie is that a lot of people from Marvel are here and it seems a lot more inclusive than it has been in the past. I don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes, but I think it’s fantastic. I actually just asked the other day, I said, “I don’t know what the legal situation is, but why don’t these companies come together? Why isn’t it possible?” Because personally, I would love to mix it up with Robert Downey Jr. and Iron Man and kick his ass. It’d be great. (laughs) There you go. There’s your quote. (Laughs)”

You can read the rest of the set report over on SuperHeroHype or click on the links below to go directly to any of the three interviews.

Interview with Hugh Jackman

Interview with Director James Mangold

Interview with Rila Fukushima

The Wolverine opens in theaters on July 26.