Yesterday we shared details of the first new images from the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters movie. We also had our first characters details from actress Vera Farmiga, and we know that the movie will feature three villainous monsters in the form of King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan.
It is expected that King Gidorah will be the main threat and we have heard reports of a fantastic battle sequence between Godzilla and Gidorah teased, but what about Rodan? Rodan was never one of the main villain monsters from the old Toho series , though it seems as if director Michael Dougherty has a soft spot for this particular Kaiju. Here is what Dougherty said about Rodan when talking with EW.
“Rodan’s been kind of a sidekick character, but I’ve always had a soft spot for him. In a lot of ways he’s more powerful than Godzilla. He’s like this winged A-bomb. I think we’ve done him justice.”
Very interesting, more powerful than Godzilla you say? In the original series Rodon could fly at supersonic speeds and create shockwaves that could level a city with the hurricane force winds he could generate. This does seem to fit with the “winged A-bomb” description. Also, depending on the movie in question from the Toho series, Rodan was at times shown to have an invulnerability to Godzilla’s atomic breath. Rodan was also occasionally allied to Godzilla instead of being against him depending on which other Kaiju were making a nuisance of themselves, so could there be a possible cease fire and team up with Rodan in this movie?
At this point I am just hoping the vast majority of this film is taken up with monster fights unlike 2014’s Godzilla. Sure, we need the Human story to be the connective tissue that allows us some perspective into what is going down, but I want to see some mega destruction, with only Godzilla able to save the day. Unless of course, King Kong shows up, though that is unlikely as the next movie in the series is going to be Godzilla Vs Kong and Dougherty was asked about Kong specifically.
“It’s not like we’re bending over backwards to introduce Kong, but there’s definitely some bread crumbs,”
I’d better get watching Kong: Skull Island as I have not seen that movie yet, even though my Son has it on Blu-ray. Oh well, I still have time to catch up before Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters next year.
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