Around these parts, all you really have to do in order to start us clapping and giggling is mention the name Godzilla. After Roland Emmerich’s 1998 attempt to revitalize Toho’s iconic franchise, we’ve all been understandably gun shy, but everything we’ve seen from director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming reboot has gone a long way towards assuaging those fears. So far, in fact, that the movie is one of our most anticipated films of the year. Last week saw the premiere of more than half a dozen TV spots, plus an awesome extended look. Because we can’t go an entire week without any Godzilla news, we’ve got a new picture and cool new poster.
Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot continues to stomp towards us with giant, earth-shaking footsteps. Last week Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures just kept piling on the promotion, with more than half a dozen new TV spots, as well as an awesome extended look, until we wondered what the hell we were going to see next. Now we have an answer to that question: we’ve got our first look at a new book called Godzilla: The Art of Destruction, which is full of concept art and designs from the movie.
Published by Insight Editions, Nerdist got the first good look at the book by Mark Cotta Vaz, and there’s some cool stuff in here. Topping out at 156-pages, Art of Destruction provides a glimpse at how the filmmakers envisioned the chaos and devastation they wanted their film to encompass. From what we’ve seen from the finished product, they did a hell of a job translating the ideas from page to screen.
It had to happen eventually, our week full of Godzilla fun had to finally draw to a close. Over the course of the last few days, we had no less than six new TV spots for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ reboot of Toho’s classic creature feature dropped in our lap, and they saved the biggest for last. Or at least what we think is last, there might be more on the horizon. The studios just unveiled a new extended look at director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming adventure that clocks in at two-and-a-half minutes, and full of new footage and information.
When we heard “extended look,” we anticipated more of a behind the scenes peek at the film. This video, however, is essentially a new trailer, one that focuses more on the human element of the story, rather than the giant monster portion. Right out of the gate we see a nuclear power plant sitting in the backyard of a seemingly quiet little domestic village. At least we know that radiation is going to have something to do with the story, though the control room looks super dated, like it was leftover from a 1970s disaster flick. That’s kind of awesome; very classic.
This has been damn good week if you’re excited for director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, the reboot of Toho’s iconic giant monster franchise. Almost every day has arrived bearing the gift of a new TV spot for the May 16 release, each with just a dab of new footage to keep us on the hook. Today is no exception, only because it’s Friday, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released three new commercials for their massive creature feature, two international bits, with a domestic one as a chaser. And if that still isn’t enough, we also got word that an extended preview of the film will drop online tomorrow.
We’re still roughly in the middle of the week—on the downward slope, sure, but still close to the center—and this is the third new TV spot we’ve seen so far for Godzilla. May 16 isn’t too far off in the big picture, but with all of this fun new promotion, you can’t help but feel how close we are to getting to see the King of the Monsters stomp across the big screen. Let’s hope this washes away the bad taste from Roland Emmerich’s 1998 attempt (seriously, who casts Matthew Broderick as the lead in an action movie?).
This latest offering follows the same pattern as the previous two, using mostly footage we’ve encountered before, rearranged, and with just enough new stuff thrown in to pique your interest and keep you watching. You start out with that wrecked building we’ve already seen many times, you know, the one that looks like something large, possibly reptilian, may have taken a bite out of it. Then there’s what appears to be a tidal wave busting down Main Street, monster fins ripping through a train trestle, a tropical mushroom cloud, and Godzilla himself slipping behind buildings and shrouded in an ominous fog.
Godzilla is coming. He won’t be here until May 16, but between now and then you can bet your ass that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are going to deliver a metric ton of promotional material. Yesterday, we laid eyes on a fantastic new TV spot, and today brings another, as well as a poster, and they’re both also a pretty damn good time. The last video couldn’t stop Godzilla, and this latest commercial can’t believe this is happening.
There are a few snippets of new footage in this quick spot, most notably that big foot stomping down near the end of the video. That has to be unnerving if you’re too close to the event. As you can tell from the Elizabeth Olsen voiceover, she’s rather unsettled by the events things have taken. That is certainly an understandable response considering that there is a skyscraper tall monster on the loose smashing the hell out of everything it sees, and probably some things it doesn’t even notice as well.