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Geek Discussion: Why A ‘Pacific Rim’ / ‘Godzilla’ Mash-Up Can and Should Happen
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Godzilla Pacific Rim Mash-Up

After air-punching my way through Pacific Rim this weekend (read my review), I sat down with CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell to discuss the possibility of a crossover involving Guillermo del Toro‘s epic love letter to Kaiju films and Gareth Edwards‘ upcoming Godzilla reboot.

Warner Brothers has been searching for an answer to Disney’s wildly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe and we all just assumed that DC Comics’ Justice League of America would be that answer, but what if a shared universe of big-ass robots fighting big-ass monsters (including the King of Monsters) invaded our cinemas? How freaking cool would that be?!

You can check out the full conversation, which includes an orgasmic “What if?” scenario involving a MechaGodzilla Jaeger, over at CinemaBlend.

Here’s a taste:

Sean: So, Adam, my first thought after our Pacific Rim screening is that Gareth Edwards needs to pull the plug on his planned Godzilla reboot (due in theaters in 2014), because after seeing Guillermo del Toro unleash creature hell on major cities of the globe, I just can’t see the point of a Godzilla movie trying to live up to this. Rim is too massive in scope, with Godzilla-like creatures emerging from the seas to attack our cities. We have skyscraper-sized robots to fend them off! How can a few jets and Bryan Cranston compete? But you have a different theory, which I found interesting. Why do you still think Edwards’ movie can work in a post-Rim world?

Adam: Well, I think there’s definitely room for a potential Pacific Rim / Godzilla crossover. Warner Bros. is looking to establish a bigger universe to combat Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we all just assumed it would be DC’s Justice League. But maybe Warner Bros has been looking in the wrong place? Maybe the answer is a massive universe of big-ass robots fighting big-ass monsters!

We get the sense that, through ozone depletion and pollution, we have essentially terraformed our planet for the Kaiju. Godzilla also is the product of man tampering with nature – and both films have a tie to nuclear radiation. So if Legendary Entertainment wanted to move forward with a crossover, there’s a valid explanation for Godzilla’s existence in del Toro’s universe.

Sean: Interesting. Do you think, then, that Edwards and Team Godzilla are working with a blueprint that could connect to Pacific Rim? Or do you think this is a happy coincidence for Legendary Pictures (which, BTW, recently took its ball over to NBC Universal)? Because a Godzilla reboot seemed like an out-of-left-field choice when it was announced at Comic-Con. And yet, when paired with Pacific Rim, it all of a sudden makes more sense.

Read the rest at CinemaBlend! Check out the rest of our Pacific Rim coverage, including my review of the Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters art book!

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