Godzilla is a name that is pretty much universal at this point. It is a name that almost anyone can identify as a giant fire breathing lizard that destroys cities. It’s no wonder as the Godzilla series has been around since 1954 and in that time there has been 32 feature films released with four more set to be released by 2021.
The series has really been given a new life in the past couple years since the release of the American adaptation “Godzilla” in 2014 by Legendary Pictures. Before the film was released, the franchise had been pretty much dormant since the release of “Godzilla Final Wars” in 2004.
“Godzilla Poster from AllPosters.com
Godzilla Final Wars Poster from monstermoviemusic.blogspot.com
The series now seems to be back to a high point just like it was when it’s films were being released almost yearly. Legendary Pictures is the reason for not just the rising popularity of Godzilla but just Kaiju(Giant Monster) movies in general. It all started when they released Pacific Rim in 2013 which was the first American big screen giant monster movie in a long time. It showed some great monster vs robot fight scenes with cities getting destroyed. It really got the world hyped up for the release of Godzilla in 2014.
Picture from schmoesknow.com
Just two years after Legendary brought Godzilla back to American Audiences, the Japanese company Toho came out with a new film called Godzilla Resurgence in 2016. Toho was responsible for 28 of the first 29 Godzilla films and they stuck to their old ways of using a godzilla suit instead of using CGI like Legendary did. Godzilla Resurgence was a huge hit in Japan and eventually saw an American localization to DVD.
picture from behindthethrills.com
The coming years look extremely promising for Godzilla, there are three animated movies to be released in 2018 on Netflix with the first already released. Legendary is releasing a sequel to the 2014 Godzilla in 2019 called “Godzilla King of the Monsters”. This movie is set to bring back fan favourite Godzilla enemies: Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. In 2020 the long awaited remake of 1963’s “King Kong vs Godzilla” will be released with Godzilla battling the Kong monster from the 2017 film “Kong Skull Island”.
Godzilla Planet of the Monsters poster from wikipedia.org
Godzilla Vs Kong picture from thepicta.com
Things are looking fantastic for the world’s favourite giant radioactive lizard and I hope that it means the Godzilla series will still be around for a long time.