While we wait for more news on 2018’s Godzilla movie, the hype train for 2016’s Godzilla movie has officially begun. Toho released a surprisingly creepy poster and found-footage-y trailer earlier this week to get things moving for Godzilla Resurgence (aka Shin Gojira), but what do you think?
I am all for making Godzilla a menace. 2014’s film more or less cast him back in the “protector of Earth” role (even if it is more of a territorial lizard thing than a “save the humans” thing) so I assume / hope Toho’s new film keeps him in the antagonist role for at least the whole first film. The footage definitely looks like people are losing their minds, and the chaotic bustling and dispersing of the crowd sells the idea of pure panic, not “hooray, our protector is here!”
It’s possible Godzilla eventually battles another creature, though so far there’s no mention of one. Again I hope Toho keeps ‘Zilla squarely in the villain / natural disaster role, which the poster does suggest with its “Japan Vs Godzilla” tagline running through his head.
Now let’s’ talk about that design. Not only is he the tallest Godzilla to date (118.5 meters / 389 feet) but he’s also the weirdest, creepiest take on the beast I’ve seen. Those jagged teeth, beady eyes and knowing grin make him look like the ultimate chaotic force. This is likely intentional, given the team’s desire to pull real-world elements of terror attacks and uncertainty into the Godzilla mythos.
That said, those jagged teeth really remind me of Erik Larsen’s take on Venom.
It’s strange for Toho to out Godzilla’s new look right away, up close and in print yet not one moment of film footage. Just means we’ll have to keep an eye out for the next trailer, hm?
This will be Toho’s first Godzilla film since 2004’s Final Wars, which uh, kinda lost me with its frequent, so-so CG, over the top characters and organizations. But, as a sendoff with every monster lining up to get effed up, it was fine. Now please enjoy this SUM 41 trailer.