t least Legendary is mouthing the right stuff. They are, as you’d expect, running as fast as possible from the unpopular TriStar reboot of 1998: “In all the conversations we had with Legendary [Pictures], they made it clear that they want to pay homage to the traditional Godzilla character and they did not want to make the same decisions that Sony did which was taking the whole character and…it became more of an iguana-like character, laying eggs,” he explained. “They wanted to go back to the history of the project, but again because it’s a reboot, bring it into the 21st century and do a project that was current and exciting to the audience… Similar to what Legendary did with ‘Batman.’”
That’s producer Brian Rogers speaking, and he continues: “I think I can safely say that there will be another monster or monsters that Godzilla will fight. I think traditionally those are kind of situations that the fan base wants to see. In the original Sony version, in my opinion, not having another monster that they were fighting, was a drawback and not an asset. And just having Godzilla fight the US army was not in the same spirit of the character.”
Now, in this he is somewhat wrong. The problem wasn’t that TriStar Godzilla was only fighting the US Military, it was that he/she was running away from the US Military. Certainly Godzilla needs to fight the military as well as monsters. Let’s hope they get that.
The question then is, which monster. Toho has in the past really tried to extort a ton of money for the use of Mothra or Rodan or Ghidrah, which is why they didn’t make it into adaptations like the TriStar movie or the various American comic books based on Godzilla. On the other hand, Toho isn’t really a film company anymore, and was forced to starting making Godzilla movies again after the failure of the TriStar movie, if only to keep the licenses and merchandising going. So they might be more open to letting Legendary have more of the monsters if it helps ensure the new movie is more successful.
Anyway, fingers continue to be crossed. For this and the Captain America, Thor and Avengers movies also due in the new few years.