On Dec. 10, 2013, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures premiered the first trailer for 2014's "Godzilla," starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe. The movie is scheduled for release in U.S. and Canadian cinemas on May 16, 2014. The trailer, which has been getting mostly positive reactions from Godzilla fans, got more than 1 million views in its first day on the official "Godzilla" movie YouTube channel.
Here is Warner Bros.' description of "Godzilla" (2014):
An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Gareth Edwards directs "Godzilla," which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Kick-Ass"), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai," "Inception"), Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene"), Oscar winner Juliette Binoche ("The English Patient," "Cosmopolis"), and Sally Hawkins ("Blue Jasmine"), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn ("Good Night, and Good Luck.," "The Bourne Legacy") and Bryan Cranston ("Argo," TV's "Breaking Bad").
This "Godzilla" movie will inevitably get compared to previous "Godzilla" movies, most of which are available on DVD and VOD.
Edwards, Taylor-Johnson, Olsen and Cranston gathered to talk about the movie at a "Godzilla" press conference at Comic-Con International in 2013. Here is what they said when they were asked about working with the visual effects that are used in their "Godzilla" movie:
Edwards: "I think the trick is not to view them as effects. You just go, 'OK, this really happened. There really are giant monsters. What would be the most story that we can think of to tell?' It always involves humans, so you come up with those characters and you try to create that story. I don't separate the two in my mind. You just picture the movie. What was so refreshing was that we would shoot scenes that sometimes had the creature elements in and sometimes didn't. We desperately tried to make it work from an emotional point of view on its own, and then you have the advantage of this creature.
"And then you start reviewing stuff with the visual effects companies, as they start putting the special effects in, and you're like, 'Oh, my god, I completely forgot that there's this whole other layer going on this.' We painstakingly worried about characters and their journey, and then suddenly you think about this spectacle that's going to be embedded in the whole film and it makes you feel really good. We really want to get it right with the whole character side of things."
Taylor-Johnson: "The thing that I found really interesting about a film that's a special effects movie, my idea was that you're going to be in a studio filming these green screen monsters. There was, maybe, a couple of days of that, but the majority of time we would go film on location. It gave it just a whole other depth, and you forget about it. We'd be on location with destruction everywhere and people were injured, and it came to life. It felt natural and realistic. The way we shot it, it's just kind of with you on this journey, from our perspective point of view. When you do get a glimpse of Godzilla, you're looking up from a car window or from a military helicopter, so you really feel, as an audience, that you're totally involved in it. That you're on this mad roller-coaster journey with us."
Olsen: "It's kind of funny to go, 'OK, so in that corner up there is this thing. Is it like a unicorn or like a spider?' So, you know, it's kind of a weird. It's fun. It's like you're playing hot lava as a kid or something. You're trying to go deep into your imagination, like, 'Yeah, that's a monster! It's going to kill me unless I run fast!' So, it's fun."
Taylor-Johnson: "There were times as well that it's hard to get the imagination of something, but it is a frightening prospect. It was really helpful …We'd have a scene where we'd see something happen from one of the creatures and Gareth would play something on the microphone so we'd get the sound of Godzilla, or somebody playing around with the special effects.
"That was really great, to kind of hear something. You're envisioning it through your consciousness and then you're hearing something through the giant speakers around you. Sometimes he would do it without you knowing it and it would give a totally different layer."
Edwards: "It was on my iPhone. I would desperately try to get to this clip with this sound and go, 'That's not it. That's not it. That's not it,' and they'd go, 'You're wasting camera time.' And I'd go, I’ve got to find that noise!"
Taylor-Johnson: "There was one time where it was like a walrus meets a tiger meets a hippo farting. It was so bizarre."
Edwards: "You just gave it away … that sound effect."
Cranston: "And also the other monster in the movie."
Here is a sampling of Internet comments about the "Godzilla" trailer:
From the official "Godzilla" movie Facebook page:
"I love how dark and serious this looks!"
"I have now already watched this 7 times and my nerdboner cannot be contained."
"Godzilla would destroy the robots from pacific rim without a doubt hands down."
"I love the visual of the Para-troopers falling into the unknown with the red tracker smoke and lights. very effective."
"Looks a lot better than the last time Godzilla came out for a spin on the big screen."
"A hell of a lot better. I may actually pay to see this in the theater. Need to see more to be sure."
"This looks like the American Godzilla movie that should have been made. The 1998 Godzilla movie was just not right and actually offically the creature in that movie is called Zilla, a mutated iguana kaiju that Americans mistook for Godzilla when it attacked."
"I'm so glad Godzilla is coming back into the mainstream, even if it will only be Godzilla and no other classic monsters."
"I have watched this 10 times and it still gives me goosebumps."
"I was just transported back to my childhood, that was awesome. I'm in full monster geek mode now!!!! Roar at the end was epic. This could be every giant monster fans dream movie if they have done it right and this trailer is very promising."
"I would agree with you on that, I love the way his roars sounds it's awesome. I used to watch it on TV when I was about 7 or 8 years old. My mom even recorded a marathon of the Godzilla shows before it stopped showing on the TV."
"Anything is better than that god awful 1998 American reboot."
"You know it is worth spending money, when Bryan Cranston is in it. This is going to be a great movie!"
"It's good to see the Godzilla trailer is here. I can't wait for the movie to be released next year."
"I'm actually hopeful for this one, because Godzilla 2000 was terrible. Didn't even get Godzilla's design right, and the movie was filled with bullsh*t."
"Maybe the awesome success of Pacific Rim gave some new life to this genre."
"To whom it may concern, Please have Godzilla fight a monster, I don't care who. Please let him have his trademark powers like, Atomic breath. Despite having a good cast, please let Godzilla take most of the screen time. As a matter of fact, make him intelligent as well please (if possible). "
"I concur. This trailer was so suspenseful, I would love for the movie to be this way."
"The few times we see Godzilla will be amazing if the final film retains all this build up hinted at."
"Seeing the monster all the time wears him out too quickly."
"If you think this looks dark, take a look at the original Godzilla movie. For its time, and considering the limitations Toho originally had to work with, Gojira (1954) was a really heavy, surprisingly grim film compared to everything that followed it. They took the dark approach again with The Return of Godzilla (aka Godzilla 1985) The movie takes a look back at Godzilla's dark roots. With modern effects and all the assets an American film company has to offer, and the talent working at Legendary Pictures, I'd say we're in for something big here. No pun intended."
"I hope these movies are taking a direct root from japans Godzilla movies which will lead up to the monster wars."
"Okay. First please let me say that I had my doubts about this movie. I'm still pissed off at how crappy the 90s Godzilla movie was. I honest to God tried to block out the memory of how terrible it was. But after seeing this trailer, I am extremely impressed. I'm in love with how badass this Godzilla is! He's huge and has left nothing but destruction in his wake! His roar gave me chills! In fact just watching this trailer makes me want to watch all my old Godzilla VHS tapes. If this movie is successful my hope is that we will have Godzilla duke it out with other monsters again. Gosh those were the best! I cannot wait to see this movie in theaters! But if this Godzilla lacks his signature atomic breath, you better believe I will start flipping tables."