In the Godzilla reboot back in 2014, the franchise kicked off with a new monster to face off against Godzilla known as MUTO, which is an acronym for Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism. In next film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, we’ll see Godzilla go up against three classic Godzilla monsters that fans easily can recognize Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. Godzilla’s long film history has introduced us to many monsters that he has come face to face with so why pick these three?
Director of Godzilla: King of the Monsters Michael Dougherty talked to Cinemablend about his decision to go with these three monsters. His answer was quite simple, he picked them because they were some of the best-known characters in the franchise.
“They are the crown jewels of the Toho universe. They are the ones that I feel like most Godzilla fans, and non-Godzilla fans, are the most familiar with. So as much as I love King Caesar and Gigan and those guys, they’re a little bit more obscure.”
I wouldn’t be surprised if in the future we see Gigan show up in a Godzilla film, if Dougherty is still directing, because he has brought up his name a few times now. Besides the familiarity of the characters with audiences, he also mentioned another interesting reason why he picked these three going back to the 1964 film Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.
“But [these are] also the first ones who kind of teamed up. There’s a key point in Godzilla history when Mothra, Rodan and Godzilla put aside their differences and decided to team up against King Ghidorah. It’s an amazing scene, by the way. I strongly suggest you go back and watch that movie. But there’s, there’s literally a scene where Mothra goes to Rodan and Godzilla and says, ‘Hey, this new asshole just showed up and he’s going to mess everything up if we don’t stop him.’ And the two twin fairies are translating for the monsters, so the humans can understand what the monsters are talking to her about. But they’re actually having dialogue. Rodan and Godzilla are like, ‘F*** the humans! They bully us. Why should we help them?’” continued Dougherty.
The characters clearly have a connected history and according to Dougherty it more than just the first time the characters were on screen together, this is the first time that monsters are perceived than more than just monsters.
“Suddenly, for the first time as a kid, that was where you suddenly saw things from the monsters’ point of view. Where the monsters saw us as the monster. The monsters saw us as the bullies that we’re trying to prevent them from having happy lives. But anyway, they were the first giant monster team up, box and I feel like their truly the most iconic of the Toho universe. So it made sense that they should be the first ones to get adapted to the big screen for Hollywood.”
It will be interesting to see how this film does with the classic Toho monsters and how this links with another classic film monster King Kong in the near future. As a fan of Mothra, it is exciting for me to see this franchise’s interpretation of the character and as a fan of the franchise, in general, I also look forward to seeing these characters looking a lot more realistic than what was possible back when their first appearances.
Are you excited to see Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah in Godzilla: King of the Monsters?
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Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla: King of the Monsters smashes into theaters May 31st, 2019.
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