If you haven’t heard there is a new Godzilla movie coming out in 2014! After nearly thirty remakes of Ishirô Honda’s original “Godzilla” in 1954, director Gareth Edwards will put his own twist on the worldwide franchise.
From 1954 through 2004, there have been twenty-eight Godzilla films produced by Toho Studios in Japan. The first was adapted into “Godzilla, King of the Monsters!” in the United States. TriStar Pictures produced a wholly American film in 1998.
“Godzilla,” produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, hits theaters and IMAX on May 16, 2014, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston and Sally Hawkins.
Only a handful of people have seen what the upcoming 2014 Godzilla will hold at what was called the Godzilla Experience at San Diego Comic Con last summer.
Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. released a teaser poster for Godzilla, featuring it’s presence at San Diego as well as the official movie poster. There was also an image of the Godzilla monster leaked from a popular Godzilla themed podcast called Kaijucast which was submitted by a user who said he captured the shot while visiting a licensing expo in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Because there are a total of twenty nine official posters that could be discussed here, for the purposes of this post I’ll talk about the original 1954 “Godzilla” poster, a one of my favorite posters from the franchise, and the two new posters for the 2014 movie.
This poster does a really great job of emphasizing the size of Godzilla. I really like the bold red title and the variety of color in this design. It’s also all photos which appear to be screenshots from the movie. The terrified people on the bottom of the poster was a cool choice as well.
“Godzilla Vs. Megalon” (1973)
I think the posters that feature battles between Godzilla and other monsters are some of the best posters of the franchise and this one is my favorite. I love the text choice and this illustration. The perspective here is great and it’s as if we are in one of those helicopters watching this fight happen. The explosions and this swirl of color behind the monsters along with Godzilla’s fire breathing creates a compelling action scene.
“Godzilla” 2014 Official Poster
One thing that is cool about this poster is that it incorporates the Japanese characters like we see in the original poster. I realize that they don’t want to reveal what the monster looks like but this design looks dull and lifeless to me. Although we can see the scale of Godzilla here, I don’t get a good sense of movement, action, or fear like we see in the previous posters mentioned.
“Godzilla” 2014 Teaser Poster
I much prefer this poster. The colors are rich and the art is really beautiful. The illustration is interesting and it leaves me curious about this renewed Godzilla.
For more on Godzilla movies check out IMDB’s “Godzilla Movies: Best to Worst.”