The First Good Look at 'Godzilla' as He Appears in Next Year's Remake

Thursday, 12 September 2013 08:16 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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The First Good Look at 'Godzilla' as He Appears in Next Year's Remake

No matter how many standout human actors appear in next year's remake, the star of Godzilla is the the irradiated reptile himself.

Though lucky fans at Comic-Con got a sense the beast's new look, Legendary Pictures has kept the new Godzilla's appearance secret, showing off naught but teasing looks so far. 

That changes today, with a close-up of Godzilla's face making the rounds online and assuring fans burned by the 1998 effort that this Godzilla will get the basics right.

Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin's much-hyped Godzilla has been rightly mocked for the last fifteen years.  That attempt to Americanize Ishirô Honda's 1954 classic radically redesigned the central creature, giving him a more obviously T-Rex look and changing the whole shape of his handsome face.

Gareth Edwards, who made a big impression with his low-budget Monsters, is taking a more respectful approach to the design of the title character.  Silhouettes and teaser posters have made it clear that the new Godzilla will have a shape and even posture more familiar to fans of the Japanese icon.  As for details of his appearance, producers said that even the peeks from the Godzilla Experience in San Diego wouldn't quite match up with his final appearance in Godzilla, hitting theaters on May 16, 2014.

Kaijucast shared a picture of the beast from Sao Paolo Licensing Expo underway in Brazil, and Bleeding Cool pointed the way.  As you can see in this close-up, Edwards' Godzilla is indeed recognizably Godzilla.

UPDATE: Sorry, folks.  At the request of Warner Bros., we've pulled the image.  Show's over.

Godzilla finds the eponymous monster squaring off against a bunch of other equally huge Kaiju in battle.

So even though these digital creatures will be the primary draw, Godzilla has quite a cast of flesh and blood actors, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, Juliette Binoche, and Sally Hawkins.

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