Hi everyone. I said last night that I'd be doing a post on Godzilla today, so let's gets to it.
You wouldn't think that Godzilla was inspired by something from another movie, yet he was. Before Godzilla there was a popular film titled The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, about a dinosaur called a Rhedosaurus that is awakened by a foghorn and terrorizes New York City.
Over the years, in a period known as the Showa era, Godzilla was brought back and the films ended up portraying Godzilla as a hero of sorts, coming to the rescue to save Japan from some evil kaiju.
In the Heisei era Godzilla was reimagined back into a ferocious monster and in the films from that era Godzilla was usually a threat to humanity itself that constantly had to be stopped. Yes Godzilla still fought other kaiju that surfaced, though I think they were trying to go more for the approach of territorial protection instincts than trying to save humanity.
In 1998 Columbia Tristar tried to do a remake of Godzilla. They tried to design Godzilla to appear more like a dinosaur and behave more like an animal than a monster. The new origin was that he wasn't a dinosaur, but an iguana mutated by radiation. Fans of Godzilla hated the result and for years called the creature G.I.N.O. (Godzilla In Name Only). However in the 2004 Godzilla: Final Wars, Toho used the American remake as one of the monsters attacking the Earth and renamed him Zilla. I think to appeal to the fan hatred of Zilla they had Godzilla take him down in less than a minute.
Now we are in a new era. Legendary Studios obtained the rights to do a new remake of Godzilla. Many fans were worried at first, but the people in charge of making the film said they wanted to do it right from every angle, and one admitted to being a fan of Toho's version. I still have yet to see the film, but I've heard that it's being received positively. I would say that we might be entering a new era for Godzilla. If I were allowed to pick a name for this era of Godzilla, I would call this the Legendary era.
Now you're all probably wondering why I like Godzilla. As I mentioned before one of the key factors is him being a dinosaur. However I do like other things about him. I like how he's designed and his seemingly indestructible nature. I also enjoy how he always seems to be a key to fighting off some danger to the planet, even if humanity's safety isn't on his agenda. I also like his fighting spirit, and how he refuses to back down from a fight. Godzilla seems like he never gives up no matter what. That determination is always something I enjoy seeing, that no matter how hard things get the character never gives up.
I've read online that people at Legendary have thought of doing a crossover between Godzilla and Pacific Rim. I'm not sure what to think of that. They ended Pacific Rim pretty well, although I have to admit it might be fun to have Godzilla fight off some of the kaiju from the film, and maybe a Jaeger or two. I just don't know how it would be done. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if Toho will allow Legendary to keep making Godzilla films.