Beautiful new Godzilla: King Of The Monsters posters celebrate the Chinese New Year. Godzilla had a rough ride when it came to studios trying to make an American version. The first attempt was way back in 1983 when director Steve Miner pitched a 3D Godzilla movie. 3D was making a comeback during this era with Jaws 3D and Miner’s own Friday The 13th Part III, so Fred Dekker (The Predator) was hired to pen a script. This project was extensively storyboarded and models of Godzilla were sculpted, but every major studio passed, feeling the movie was too expensive.
The next attempt was a 1994 movie dubbed Godzilla Vs The Gryphon, to be directed by Jan de Bont (Speed). This would have seen Godzilla fighting an alien creature made out of the genetic material of a number of dangerous animals, but this version collapsed again over budget concerns. The movie was finally given to Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, but the resulting 1998 film was roundly lambasted. The portrayal of the title monster as a mindless giant lizard was especially criticized by fans, and Toho would eventually dub this version Zilla since there was nothing godly about it.
Gareth Edward’s 2014 Godzilla reboot was received much more warmly, and it was soon announced the film would kick off a shared universe called the MonsterVerse. Kong: Skull Island was the second entry and this year’s Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is the next chapter. The sequel finds Godzilla facing off against Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah, and GORMARU’s Twitter account has shared posters for the film made to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Today in celebration of the New Chinese New Year, '#GODZILLA: King of the Monsters' has released official character posters of the 'The Four Kings', the film's titular monsters, joining in celebration of the Lunar New Year with Chinese fans of the Godzilla-franchise/MonsterVerse. pic.twitter.com/Jyfn1sJ7KP— GORMARU (@OMEGAGORMARU) February 5, 2019
Each of the monsters gets a striking poster design all to themselves. Anticipation for Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is strong, building off the back of two great trailers and the reception to the 2014 film and Skull Island. While the MCU and DCEU tend to hog the limelight, the MonsterVerse is quietly building a strong following too. It’s all leading towards Adam Wingard’s Godzilla Vs Kong in 2020, where the two titans will clash.
Beyond Godzilla Vs Kong, it isn’t really known where the franchise will go next. Separate sequels for each monster are a given, however, and Godzilla has an endless line-up of famous monsters he could battle. There’s also the possibility the Pacific Rim series could merge with the MonsterVerse someday, as they all fall under the banner of Legendary Entertainment. The continuities don’t match up very well, but if the studio wills it to be, it could certainly be made to work. For now, all eyes will be on focused on how Godzilla: King Of The Monsters fares financially.
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019