After one badass poster followed by that badass trailer, Godzilla sure knows how to make an entrance. And if you haven’t had enough of the big green guy – how could you? – then by all means check out the Empire Magazine cover featuring Gareth Edwards‘ new Godzilla below. We say this all the time, I know, but this cover is positively our best look at the him yet!
The design they’ve settled on for this Godzilla reboot is perfect. It takes all the right cues from Akira Watanabe’s original design, which was a hodge-podge of traits from a T-Rex, an Iguanodon, a Stegosaurus and an alligator. You can see that original design below on Empire‘s variant cover celebrating the first film in 1954. But this guy here is also bulkier and his scales are spinier, which is more in line with the recent designs for Godzilla from films like Godzilla 2000.
Edwards’ Godzilla will also mark the first time the King of the Monsters has been believably created in CGI. The effects of Roland Emmerich’s 1998 film are laughable, even by late 1990s standards. Toho has used an actor in a latex suit for all of its 28 films, including its most recent film, Godilla: Final Wars in 2004. And while the construction of the suits definitely improved over 50 years, it was still, in the end, just some dude in a rubber suit. Hardly menacing for today’s audiences.
TL;DR? I freakin’ love how Godzilla is looking these days. His design hits all the right notes from the character’s evolution while still being its own beast. What do you Bastards think about Godzilla’s new look?
Godzilla stomps into theatres May 16th, 2014.