Holes through skyscrapers. Derailed trains. Landscapes strewn with flattened corpses. And then: those familiar tail plates, that signature roar… there could be no doubt at Legendary/WB’s panel at this past summer’s San Diego Comic-Con International that Godzilla was coming back in a big and brutal way. As perhaps the most talked-about surprise of the show, this teaser spawned much speculation and many questions – and now we have the answer to at least one: May 16th, 2014 is the release date. Also it will be in 3D.
Director Gareth Edwards (not to be confused with The Raid: Redemption director Gareth Evans) got his start in visual effects, and his last feature was Monsters, in which giant octopus-like creatures roamed the U.S./Mexican border. His take on Godzilla is rumored to be more of a disaster-movie approach than classic kaiju-battle, but what we saw in the Comic-Con teaser indicates that Godzilla seems to hew close to the classic look – small head, big spines, long lumbering tale. His mouth is a bit more beak-like, but it utters that rusty hinge shriek we know and love.
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