The Warner Brothers panel today at the San Diego Comic-Con surprised the audience at Hall H with a sneak peek at WB/Legendary Pictures’ upcoming film, Godzilla, from director Gareth Edwards.
The brief test footage (the film hasn’t actually begun filming yet) started with some smoke and then showed a city that had been completely destroyed by something. As the trailer moved forward, the famous “I am become Death” speech by J. Robert Oppenheimer — “We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture… ‘Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’” — played over the scenes of devastation, implying that the movie will use the effects of a nuclear bomb or something along those lines as the creator of Godzilla. In the middle of the footage, we see a multi-legged monster that has already been killed. Then, as the trailer comes to a close, we get a shot of a new design for Godzilla. The footage ends with the classic Godzilla scream.
The design is somewhere between the first U.S. adaptation of Godzilla and the classic design. If you were hoping for a guy in a rubber suit, you will be sadly disappointed. It’s definitely not the classic look for the monster.
What the footage does get right is set up the monster as a force of utter destruction. Who knows what the actual movie will look like, who will be in it, or what kind of story it will be. It’s too early for me to say if the movie will be any good, but the teaser does fill me with a good deal of hope.
Additional reporting by Empress Eve
[Source: Poster via The Playlist]