It’s Thursday, and because we, as a society, can barely go more than 24 straight hours without hearing any Godzilla-related news, we’ve got quite a bit for you here. For you one-more-work-day-to-go-before-the-weekend enjoyment, we’ve got a new international trailer and TV spot, another good-looking IMAX poster, and a supercut that is sure to make fans of the iconic monster tingle in all the right places. We’re as excited to see the return of the King of the Monsters as anyone, but we can’t be alone in thinking that this is getting a little bit ridiculous.
You have to love that appears at the beginning of this international trailer, it links to the history that plays a big role in this particular video. The footage starts out in a familiar manner, similar to what we’ve encountered before. Bryan Cranston does a lot of yelling about how no one is fooled, that he knows this wasn’t an earthquake or a typhoon—I could be wrong, but the mention of a typhoon could be new.
Because this trailer comes from Japan, Ken Watanabe plays a more central part in this cut. It also provides a historical context for the action, nodding back to the 1954 original. We’ve heard how those atomic tests in the Pacific weren’t tests, that they were trying to kill something that woke up, and now it looks like it could have woken up again. We know that Akira Takarada, star of the original, will have a cameo in director Gareth Edwards’ reboot, and I still suspect that he could show up as a sort of expert, as someone who could shed light on the truth behind the monster. Aside from this, the biggest difference in this video from what we’ve seen before is that last shot, the one that pans up Godzilla’s body. If that doesn’t get you pumped for this movie, nothing will.
This latest international TV spot plays like a condensed version of the trailer, hitting all the same points, but packing all the action, including that last shot, into a mere 30 seconds, no small feat.
And for those of you who just can’t wait to see Toho’s iconic monster back on the big screen, one enterprising Internet denizen has created a supercut of Godzilla’s various roars running the gamut from his origins up to and including his most recent endeavors, including what we’ve seen in recent trailers.
This latest IMAX poster is another in the line that pays homage to the franchise’s history, with a Japanese style Godzilla superimposed over the rising sun. This is a nice addition to the marketing, and these one sheets are much cooler than your usual studio fare. They illustrate that the film is aware of and taking into account everything that has come before their film, and you have to appreciate that sort of appreciation for the past.
Godzilla opens on May 16, and also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, David Strathairn, Juliette Binoche, and Sally Hawkins.