Though it is not a huge surprise, Hugh Jackman has made it official, announcing that the villain of 2012's X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 AKA The Wolverine will be the Silver Samurai. Quoth Wolverine, "...I will be filming Wolverine 2 in October.has written a fantastic script and it should turn out really good. I’ll fight the Silver Samurai in it so that should be exciting. Most of the filming will take place in Japan."
First appearing in Daredevil #111 in 1974, the Silver Samurai is a Japanese mutant with the power to create an energy field around objects. He often uses his ability to supercharge his katana, rendering it super sharp. The sammy first first appeared onscreen during the 1996 X-Men animated episode The Lotus and the Steel which culminated in a showdown between Wolverine and Silvy.
The two clashed again in the Wolverine and the X-Men episode Code of Conduct in 2009 which hinted at the back story that may be told in The Wolverine. I think they have made the perfect, albeit obvious choice for the movie. As the Weapon X story has grown stale with telling after retelling, the Silver Samurai and Wolverine's Japanese adventure will give X-Men fans something fresh to enjoy.