I have a confession to make; I’ve always loved Godzilla, ever since the days that he appeared in badly-dubbed Japanese movies and was obviously played by someone in a rubber suit! Godzilla fans have endured a variety of outrages over the years, including a series of increasingly lame and outrageous adversaries (e.g., the “Smog Monster”), bad storylines, and even alteration of the character’s gender. The last major studio film treatment in 1998 portrayed Godzilla as an iguana-like creature, focused on a human love story, and was almost universally hated by fans. It appeared that Godzilla might have fallen to bad treatment rather than an oxygen destroyer, but we who believe have maintained our faith.
The upcoming reboot of the Godzilla franchise by Gareth Edwards promises to take Godzilla back to his 1954 roots. Co-produced by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. under license from Toho, the new movie will be live action while Godzilla will be computer-generated. Unlike the 1998 film, Godzilla will again fight several monsters rather than just the military. The opponent monsters, referred to as “mutos,” will fly and be multi-limbed. Godzilla himself will stand 350′ tall, the biggest incarnation ever.
The plot should delight conspiracy theorists. It seems that Godzilla’s existence has been covered up by the U.S. government (like aliens, ‘ya know), and nuclear tests of the 1950’s were actually attempts to kill the creature. Godzilla’s face is supposedly modeled on elements of features of bears, dogs, and eagles. The big guy’s fighting style is based on that of bears and komodo dragons. His roar is the original one pioneered by Toho, with improvements and enhancements.
Godzilla is conceived as “a terrifying force of nature,” and his kung fu should be the best. He’ll be stomping his way into theaters this May, hopefully a monster for our times…
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