Will Godzilla be GODZILLA’s Only Monster?
Gareth Edwards has been shooting his American version of Godzilla for a while now. I know this because nearly every day there's a new photo from the shoot of some building or some sign or occasionally even some actor. They all lack anything of real interest, however, so I ignore them. The film is coming out next summer (May 16), so I can wait a little longer to start seeing the real action.
Today's Godzilla news might actually be something though. Shock Till You Drop has pointed out the very curious wording contained in a press release regarding Godzilla licensing opportunities, particularly this part:
Featuring spectacular creatures, thrilling action, epic battles and a legendary monster, Godzilla provides the backbone for a monstrous merchandise offering for fans of all ages and enables compelling cross-category opportunities across mass and specialty retailers.
There are a couple ways to take this. One, they're just talking about toy opportunities. As anyone who has walked down a Walmart toy isle lately while pretending to be lost and trying not to look like a pedophile, superhero toymakers have kind of had to invent their own awesome toy-worthy movie moments. This has always been the case, but it's especially true now that all comic book movies are gut wrenching dramas about the futility of man.
So maybe there will be "creatures" with an "s" just so toymakers can go hog wild with more monsters who look cool but do not actually make it into the film, such as Hog Wild, the Giant Pig-Headed Biker.
Look closely at the wording and another possibility comes up. It mentions "spectacular creatures" but then refers to Godzilla as "a legendary monster." This could indicate a semantic difference between creature and monster that would mean little annoying things like the mini-Godzillas from Roland Emmerich's version or those little bastards from Cloverfield. Last I checked, nobody liked either of those things, so hopefully this is not the case.
Or it could mean what we all hope it means: Gareth Edwards' Godzilla is going to share the screen with at least one more Kaiju. Given Edwards' previous film, Monsters, they might be engaged in a romantic Kaiju dance rather than combat, but that's still way cooler than we deserve.