Rodan takes on the mighty King Ghidorah in a new TV spot for Godzilla: King Of The Monsters. Godzilla is one of the most iconic monsters in film history, but despite having a robust franchise in Japan, it took a long time for American studios to crack the character. The first real attempt was way back in 1983 when Steve Miner (Halloween H20) developed Godzilla 3D. Fred Dekker (The Predator) penned the script, but despite being extensively storyboarded every major studio passed, feeling it was too expensive and would only appeal to children.
The next attempt was in 1994 when Jan de Bont (Speed) developed a script dubbed Godzilla Vs The Gryphon, pitting the King of the Monsters against a genetically altered alien. Budget concerns would also kill this version and the movie eventually fell into the hands of director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day). While this 1998 blockbuster take on Godzilla turned a profit it was lambasted by critics, and its somewhat disappointing financial performance killed plans for a franchise. This American version of the titular monster was later dubbed Zilla by Toho – since there was nothing godly about him – and he made a cameo in 2004 Japan entry Godzilla: Final Wars, where he’s quickly defeated by the real Godzilla.
Director Gareth Edward’s 2014 Godzilla treated the monster with much more respect, and the movie’s success gave the studio confidence to launch a shared universe dubbed The MonsterVerse. Kong: Skull Island was the next instalment, and featured a post credit scene for Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, where Godzilla faces off with Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah. Now a new TV spot for the sequel features a montage of monster action, including a battle between Rodan and King Ghidorah.
Michael Dougherty takes over Godzilla: King Of The Monsters as co-writer and director, and the trailers so far have teased a beautiful looking blockbuster filled with lots of creature action. While Rodan and Mothra will no doubt present a robust challenge, it appears King Ghidorah will be Godzilla’s toughest opponent, with the three-headed beast taking center stage in a lot of advertising for the movie.
It’s easy enough to guess who will triumph in Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, however, with the next entry in the MonsterVerse being Godzilla Vs Kong. It’s not currently known where the franchise will go beyond that instalment, though separate Godzilla and King Kong sequels are likely. Legendary are also in charge of Pacific Rim so there’s a possibility of a crossover with that franchise too.
Source: Warner Bros
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019