By now, about a month out from the theatrical release of Godzilla, you’d imagine we’d have heard everything director Gareth Edwards had to say about his upcoming reboot of cinema’s most famous giant lizard. Edwards has previously touched on how much he admires Toho’s first Godzilla and has mentioned the ways in which his movie will hearken back to that 1954 film. He’s also named director Steven Spielberg as an influence and his films’ Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws specifically in regards to Godzilla.
Now, linking those earlier comments together is this latest featurette (above) in which Edwards discusses how his Godzilla is a “serious” film, very much like the original, and how he’s given the film a Spielbergian scope, combining practical and digital effects to best avoid Godzilla looking like another campy monster movie.
As he comments in the above clip, it’s clear Edwards takes science fiction very seriously. Toho’s first Godzilla released only nine years after the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and that film was very much a response to those cataclysmic events as it was an entertaining thriller where a giant lizard terrorized Tokyo.
Judging by the trailers, that serious tone is still present in Edwards’ Godzilla, where the monster isn’t only a formidable, frightening creature, but his suspicious origins seem to hint at an even more terrifying conspiracy and coverup.
On the following page, you can see images of the toy version of an additional monster that’s been hinted at in the trailers. However, if you don’t want to be SPOILED, you probably shouldn’t click the link below.