Fans of giant lizards bent on destruction, get ready to tent your fingers and start squealing. Odds are that you were already pumped up for Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla reboot, and we knew already knew that the King of the Monsters was going to be huge, but this new poster shows us just how big. And holy crap balls is he big, like multiple syllables big, and he’s taking his talents to the Bay Area, laying waste to San Francisco.
Yahoo movies unveiled this latest one sheet, which makes it look like the titular beast has been hitting the gym. Maybe he’s been juicing, too. A physique like this doesn’t happen overnight, and the stomping through cities and breathing fire screams roid rage. Who else does that?
From the trailer we knew he was going to be fairly large, but we only got a vague, shrouded look at him. Here he’s out in the open. But just how big is he? For starters he towers over the San Francisco skyline. That right there is enough to give you scale, but we can be more precise than that. The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in town, and in this image it comes roughly two-thirds of the way up Godzilla’s shoulder. That particular building is 850 feet (260 meters) tall, which puts Godzilla at just over 1100 feet, or 345 meters, which is really goddamn big. Considering how cramped and packed together the City by the Bay is, he’s going to have a whole lot to knock over, and it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.
Content wise, this poster fits in with the rest of what Legendary Pictures has released so far. There’s a lot of gloomy grays, heavy smoke (or fog, this is San Francisco after all), and bright red fire for contrast. You even see that halo jump that figures so prominently in the trailer, with the skydivers trailing that red smoke behind them. I want Godzilla to tip his head back, open his mouth, and just let them drop in one by one. This movie already had us hooked; we were already planning to be there on opening night, but they’re doing their level best to make sure we’re so excited about this we can’t sleep for a week before hand.
What’s really funniest about this poster is that it is exactly the same as the ones for every other major blockbuster. The only difference is that, instead of some guy we already know is Khan, it’s Godzilla standing amidst the destruction with his back to us. And that makes all the difference in the world. Godzilla makes everything better.
For those of you unfamiliar with this franchise, the plot is simple. There is a big ass lizard. His name is Godzilla. He steps on buildings and breathes fire. Those are all the pertinent details.
Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ken Watanabe, and opens May 16. That’s not a bad way to kick off the summer movie season.