Friday, March 14, 2014

Is Godzilla going to be a misunderstood hero to the people of the Earth?

I think if you're reading this, then you've probably watched a trailer or two of the new Godzilla movie. It's pretty basic stuff: huge monster is destroying cities and wreaking havok and just generally being the most badass thing around. However, I'm beginning to suspect that (despite all the destruction and lost human lives that will result from this thing coming out of the ocean) Godzilla is a good guy.

Recently io9 highlighted a description found on a toy that's available for purchase as part of the extended marketing campaign for this movie. Read it for yourself:

"Possibly the last of an ancient species of giant amphibious creatures that evolved at a time when the surface of the Earth was over ten times more radioactive than it is today. Godzilla can convert his radiation stores into a violent, focused exhalation of atomic ray. Rarely seen, but spoken of in ancient Pacific Island myths, "Gojira" was last spotted in 1954, when the U.S. Navy encountered and attempted to kill him with an atomic blast in the Pacific Ocean. Since then, the giant creature has been living in the deep ocean – until a threat to his survival from an ancient foe forces him to reappear."

Combine this with some stuff that came out of the Austin SXSW convention when a select few were invited to watch a scene from the upcoming movie. This excerpt first appeared on The Nerdist:

"We return to the Honolulu airport just as the power is being restored to the tram. The crowd on the train has a brief moment of relief before all awesome holy hell breaks loose. The tram is thrown from its tracks by a massive Kaiju that stylistically looks like a combination of a mosquito and the Cloverfield monster. It looks like this is the creature the government had a bead on over the radio.

The tram dangles precariously as Aaron Taylor-Johnson reaches out to save his young ward. But even if he does, who will stop the creature destroying the airport? Who the hell do you think? In a pretty heroic reveal for a character that has already caused mass destruction in his own right, the King of All Monsters steps up to put a smack down. With a massive roar, we get our first full look at the original big bad ass. And he is gorgeous! A perfectly updated look of Toho's creation stands before us."
An image from the toy line that hints at what the new kaiju is going
to look like. From the trailer, I thought it was Rodan.
So yeah, Godzilla smashes the smaller kaiju/mosquito thing. The last line of the description on the toy suggests that Godzilla has emerged from the ocean to attack an ancient foe. So maybe there's going to be this outbreak of kaiju in the film and Godzilla is there to deal with it and humans just get in the way. That makes me think this will be an even more interesting movie than I originally thought, because it shows layers of Godzilla that previously appeared only in poorly done Japanese films.

What do you think? Is Godzilla going to be a misunderstood hero to the people of the Earth? Or is he just another monster that wants to gobble people up? As usual, only the important questions are discussed on my blog. As you were :).


  1. He will probably be an anti-hero. I think fans might like that. He certainly aint gonna be Prince Charming or some swash buckling hero type. I mean come on, this is Godzilla.

  2. I think he'll be the cure that's as bad as the disease. As long as he doesn't develop an affinity for small children, I'm all right with it.

  3. Godzilla can't do much worse in terms of property damage than Superman in "Man of Steel." I mean he just about leveled Smallville and most of Metropolis.

  4. I hope it's a more complex story line than humans battling one big monster.

  5. Pat's right about that.
    I have to destroy the Earth to save it!

  6. I think Godzilla likes us because we keep throwing nukes at him, his favourite tasty treat.


  7. I think Godzilla will go the rout of Spiderman, deep down a hero but totally misunderstood by the authorities.

  8. No, actually I haven't seen even one trailer for Godzilla. I haven't seen any movie trailers at all lately.

    I hope the movie casts Godzilla as the hero. That would be a nice way to change up the story a bit.

  9. I haven't seen the trailer, but from what you've written I don't think Godzilla will be a good monster like, say, King Kong. He'll just be a convenient one in a key battle against another baddie.

  10. It would make a lot of sense and clear up a few things from the trailer (mostly, what they weird giant foot was that clearly doesn't belong to Godzilla)