Godzilla Looks Grumpy In First Official Image

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Godzilla Looks Grumpy In First Official Image

Godzilla (first image)

Legendary Pictures has released our first, official look at the star of 2014's Godzilla, and the giant lizard looks none too happy about it.

Godzilla really shouldn't need any introduction on a site like this, but if you've somehow spent the past 70 years displaced from time, we'll cover the basics. Initially conceived as an allegory for the unchecked destructive potential of atomic weaponry, Godzilla became an immediate hit with fans and has become something of a symbol of the Japanese film industry. His films, though formulaic and simple, always center on at least one giant monster smashing up the countryside, and apparently that's a concept that mankind is inherently attracted to. To wit: It would be easy to argue that Godzilla kicked off the "kaiju" film genre, which recently spawned Guillermo del Toro's worryingly underloved Pacific Rim.

Hollywood has attempted to glom onto the Godzilla phenomenon before, with generally terrible results. Roland Emmerich made an American Godzilla flick in 1998 that was less "classic Godzilla" and more "mindless excuse to shill Taco Bell and Doritos while Matthew Broderick battles velociraptors with gumballs."

Legendary Pictures hopes to do better with its Americanized Godzilla film, which is slated to debut on May 16, 2014. The first step in this process is creating a monster that looks like the classic depiction of Godzilla - the 1998 creature was some kind of angry iguana, we believe - and to reassure fans that its film will adhere to tradition, Legendary has released the first official image of Godzilla from its upcoming movie. That'd be the sneering face you see at top-right.

Granted, that's not much to go on, but what do you think? That mug looks very familiar, and the subtle use of modern technological tricks agrees with the beast. Everything about this image instills faith in me that Legendary is committed to delivering a retro-faithful Godzilla film, and that's exactly what fans are hoping for. Something is bound to be lost in translation, but if Legendary can deliver a huge lizard stomping around major metropolitan areas while occasionally breathing nuclear fire on assembled groups of military personnel, I'll be pretty happy.

Now it's your turn. Comments below. How do you feel about the new Godzilla? Love him? Hate him? Wish he was available for snuggles? Say your piece.

Source: Deadline

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God, I remember watching tons of Godzilla movies when I was a little kid. I don't really remember the plot to any of them, other than Godzilla goes and destroys stuff and fights a different monster in each one.

Here's hoping this turns out to be decent. So long as they don't end up focusing too much on the humans and focus on what makes Godzilla freaking awesome.

A new Godzilla is finally coming out?!

Even if it is an American film I love Godzilla movies (even the worst one) too much to care!

It looks right, and it seems that they are trying to make things nice and Godzilla-ey. You think we'll get actual monster suits (touched up digitally is ok) or just a plain CG fest?

I think the most important part, the bit they haven't told us yet, is who/what he is fighting.

Godzilla's probably still upset about the 1998 film, either that, or he thinks this next film will screw up like the 1998 one.

And given how the film industry's been treating licensed characters (like Lone Ranger, Green Lantern, and almost every cartoon TV show that's been adapted to live-action film), I doubt you can blame him.

Wow that looks pretty good.

Has the Godzilla aesthetic sensibility down pat.

Of course he's furious: The films taking place in San Fransico and thats quite a drift from Tokyo.
At least he still looks like Godzilla

Earnest Cavalli:
Godzilla Looks Grumpy In First Official Image

To wit: It would be easy to argue that Godzilla kicked off the "kaiju" film genre, which recently spawned Guillermo del Toro's worryingly underloved Pacific Rim.

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By critics perhaps, but most of them missed the point i.e. that Pacific Rim is a silly action movie that knows how silly and ridiculous it is.

Most of them bitched that the story wasn't fleshed out, which is stupid when that is not the centerpiece of the movie.

Ehh, whatever at least we get more monster movies, like Godzilla.

Hopefully it doesn't suck and if Matthew Broderick is involved, he gets eaten/dies in the first 5 minutes.

scorptatious:
God, I remember watching tons of Godzilla movies when I was a little kid. I don't really remember the plot to any of them, other than Godzilla goes and destroys stuff and fights a different monster in each one.

Same here.
I love flaunting how I've seen both Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla and Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla like it means something. Even though I don't remember ANYTHING about them and you could put both in front of me, I doubt I'd be able to tell them apart.
Anyway.
Look at YOU, big boy!
Finally awake from that long nap in the water, are we?

You can tell from my avatar I'm a huge Godzilla fan. I can't wait for this movie.
If it good we will have an awesome monster movie.
If it bad like 1998 movie it may Revive the movies in japan.

edit. spelling error needed fixing

Just remember that Godzilla CANNOT BE COUNTERED by military forces!!!!!!!

and there is hope this will be good.

Military is only good for evacuating people or as destraction-toys for Godzilla !

BloodRed Pixel:
Just remember that Godzilla CANNOT BE COUNTERED by military forces!!!!!!!

and there is hope this will be good.

If the film makers want to feature US military equipment in the film, then the US military has to be effective against whatever they fight otherwise the film makers CANNOT use US military equipment in the film.

Kumagawa Misogi:

BloodRed Pixel:
Just remember that Godzilla CANNOT BE COUNTERED by military forces!!!!!!!

and there is hope this will be good.

If the film makers want to feature US military equipment in the film, then the US military has to be effective against whatever they fight otherwise the film makers CANNOT use US military equipment in the film.

Then just leave them out.
There is something called CGI, these days.
So, how much military equipment was need for Pacific Rim... let me guess...

Anyway only science, magic or other monster stand a chance of impacting Godzilla. Period.

As someone who grew up obsessed with Godzilla I can say that this image makes me cautiously optimistic. Of course I remember being 8 and utterly pissed off at the 98 American "Godzilla".
But My inner child is giddy about the prospect of a Kaiju resurgence in popular culture.

Huh, really must be the only one that liked the 98 design for Godzilla. *shrugs* oh well.

Kumagawa Misogi:

BloodRed Pixel:
Just remember that Godzilla CANNOT BE COUNTERED by military forces!!!!!!!

and there is hope this will be good.

If the film makers want to feature US military equipment in the film, then the US military has to be effective against whatever they fight otherwise the film makers CANNOT use US military equipment in the film.

and ... ?

You say that like its a bad thing.

Looks pretty good.
Though I must confess I was hoping for a sneaky cameo/tease in Pacific Rim. :p

Any word on if ol' Godz is going to be CGI or a rubber monster. While I have a deep and abiding love of practical effects I have to say that Pacific Rim convinced me that going full CGI doesn't HAVE to look terrible. Here's hopin.

I never liked Godzilla. It was always about the special effects. Even the first movie relied solely on special effects. I just don't have the patience for monster movies. They bore me.

tf2godz:
You can tell from my avatar I'm a huge Godzilla.

Dude, it's an honor to be speaking to you. But how'd you find a keyboard big enough to type that?

OT: They seem to be taking inspiration directly from the Heisei-era Godzilla (the one from The Return of Godzilla specifically). That's great in and of itself, but on top of that it looks like they've totally nailed it. Now we can only hope that the story is able to live up to that of the original film and the few subsequent ones that also told great stories in addition to being special effects rollercoasters.

Is this like where they stick angry eyes on Kirby in America?

American remakes of Japanese movies and TV shows are never as good as the original.

Still, it could be good. First time for everything, I suppose.

Addendum: IMO, the best Americanized Godzilla was played by Bobcat Goldthwait in the movie, "One Crazy Summer".

Maybe they could call the best-qualified U.S. actor to give them some pointers. :)

MinionJoe:
American remakes of Japanese movies and TV shows are never as good as the original.

Still, it could be good. First time for everything, I suppose.

Addendum: IMO, the best Americanized Godzilla was played by Bobcat Goldthwait in the movie, "One Crazy Summer".

Maybe they could call the best-qualified U.S. actor to give them some pointers. :)

Isn't The Magnificent Seven and remake of the Seven Samurai and Magnificent Seen is a good movie

Misterian:
Godzilla's probably still upset about the 1998 film, either that, or he thinks this next film will screw up like the 1998 one.

And given how the film industry's been treating licensed characters (like Lone Ranger, Green Lantern, and almost every cartoon TV show that's been adapted to live-action film), I doubt you can blame him.

Godzilla already had his revenge against Roland Emmerich's iguana. Watch Godzilla 2000. It's pretty much an all star lineup of monsters from Big Z's past. Emmerich's iguana makes it about thirty seconds before getting the shit kicked out of him.

Well I actually liked 98 Godzilla quite a lot, not in the same way I like classic Godzilla, but the "angry iguana" design of it was really cool for me.

Besides, I think it was the first movie I ever saw in a theater, (I'm 21, born in 1991).

Kumagawa Misogi:
If the film makers want to feature US military equipment in the film, then the US military has to be effective against whatever they fight otherwise the film makers CANNOT use US military equipment in the film.

Two things: First, you can feature all the U.S. military equipment you want without playing by the rules, you just won't get direct support FROM the military.

Second, I don't think that's actually even one of the rules. Did you see Man of Steel? They clearly were working directly with the military, there, and the military equipment is just as clearly utterly useless in almost every respect. At the end of the day, the only thing the military succeeded with was kamikaze'ing a transport plane carrying a MacGuffin.

Pyrian:

Kumagawa Misogi:
If the film makers want to feature US military equipment in the film, then the US military has to be effective against whatever they fight otherwise the film makers CANNOT use US military equipment in the film.

Two things: First, you can feature all the U.S. military equipment you want without playing by the rules, you just won't get direct support FROM the military.

Second, I don't think that's actually even one of the rules. Did you see Man of Steel? They clearly were working directly with the military, there, and the military equipment is just as clearly utterly useless in almost every respect. At the end of the day, the only thing the military succeeded with was kamikaze'ing a transport plane carrying a MacGuffin.

The US military did contribute to stoping the bad guys so that still counts.

Kumagawa Misogi:
The US military did contribute to stoping the bad guys so that still counts.

There's an enormous gap between "effective against whatever they fight" and "contribute to stoping the bad guys". Indeed, the gap is large enough to make your original point no longer work.

Soviet Heavy:

Misterian:
Godzilla's probably still upset about the 1998 film, either that, or he thinks this next film will screw up like the 1998 one.

And given how the film industry's been treating licensed characters (like Lone Ranger, Green Lantern, and almost every cartoon TV show that's been adapted to live-action film), I doubt you can blame him.

Godzilla already had his revenge against Roland Emmerich's iguana. Watch Godzilla 2000. It's pretty much an all star lineup of monsters from Big Z's past. Emmerich's iguana makes it about thirty seconds before getting the shit kicked out of him.

Not to be confused with the 1998 Godzilla. That Hollywood flop was so bad it spawned the movie you mentioned. And it was gooooooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOD!

What? No love of Gamera?


Am I the only one who actually really liked the 1998 Godzilla film more so than any other Godzilla movie?

TimeCruiserMike:
Am I the only one who actually really liked the 1998 Godzilla film more so than any other Godzilla movie?

I can in fact confirm that you are the only one in existence with such appallingly poor taste, yes.

As long as theres no bloody love story in there, sick of American films and how they all must have a love story because the American audience can't relate to the film otherwise (atleast that's what Hollywood says, idk myself). I want to watch Godzilla smash a town apart, I don't care about who's screwing who in the background....

Please be good and more successful than Pacific Rim. I just want big monster movies to be a viable thing again. Not necessarily the biggest thing, but enough so we don't see them shelved for so many years at a time.

I hope for this one we get to see more in the style of the original film. I want to see the force of nature that leaves a huge path of destruction. THEN we can move on to the big Monster v Monster rumble. Because I want to see Mothra and King Ghidorah in all their modern cinematic glory.

And on that note I believe a new avatar and background are in order...

I hope it's good as final wars, I can die a happy man if it is. Thank god plot doesn't really matter in Godzilla films, they already have him looking right now they just need epic fights...dont' fuck this up

TimeCruiserMike:
Am I the only one who actually really liked the 1998 Godzilla film more so than any other Godzilla movie?

I've been watching the Japanese Godzilla movies since I was a small child and I enjoyed it.
Admittedly not as much as the originals, especially "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah," but it was no way near as bad as people made it out to be.
I think the problem was that it didn't stand out like people were expecting it to. It was just another average, generic action movie (although with fantastic special effects).
And as we all know, a mediocre installment of a highly revered series is going to get a very harsh reaction.

Still, Zilla as he's now known is his own monster now. So it's not really an installment of the Godzilla movies anymore, but the first (and probably only) Zilla movie. That's gotta remove some of the sting for those who felt betrayed by the creature design.

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