We are starting to get our first look at how Godzilla will appear in Toho’s upcoming Godzilla Resurgence, though it should be noted that it is a fairly incomplete view.
Over this past weekend, a small number of photos of the newest iteration of the classic monster began circulating on social media. While the pictures show that the basic design remains true to Godzilla’s iconic look, Godzilla historian August Ragone noted on his blog The Good, The Bad And Godzilla –
This will probably be the most divisive Godzilla design since Patrick Tatapolous’ deviation for the 1998 Roland Emmerich debacle. [Director Hideaki] Anno’s conceit recalls the initial concept for Godzilla by Ishiro Honda, as a literal victim of the H-Bomb — his scales resembling keloid scars — and may not be his only form.
Ragone notes that for the final film, the suit, which is operated by three people, will be enhanced with digital effects. It sounds similar to techniques used all the time in Hollywood blockbusters such as virtual all comic book adaptions, the Pirates Of The Caribbean films and more. Additionally, puppets and animatronics will also be used to realize Godzilla on the big screen.
And it is this combination of practical and digital to keep in mind when looking at these photos below. We will of course get a much better look at Godzilla once Toho releases their first official pictures and a trailer. But so far, I am intrigued by what we are seeing. I like the idea that Godzilla is not only a creation of radiation but a victim of it as well. I think that opens the door for some interesting exploration.
Godzilla Resurgence is set for a July 29 release in Japan. No US distribution information has been announced.