Godzilla 2014 Sneak Peek at WonderCon Hints That Mothra's Back

Image: Godzilla 2014 Sneak Peek at WonderCon Hints That Mothra's Back Director Gareth Edwards.

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 11:04 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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"Godzilla" director Gareth Edwards appeared at WonderCon in Anaheim over the weekend with a fresh clip of the monster movie set for May 16, revealing some clues about the upcoming film and the monster's main foe – and it's not humans.

In a surprise that delighted "Godzilla" fans who saw the clip, the creature will apparently have a showdown in the film with another Japanese legendary monster Mothra, according to the Los Angeles Times. While Edwards never mentioned Mothra by name, the resemblance of the creature that had fought Godzilla in other Japanese films reportedly excited the WonderCon crowd.

Until now, Godzilla's monster opponent had never been seen in marketing material or even mentioned in past reports, showing that Edwards' crew and actors know how to keep a secret.

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"I grew up watching (Steven) Spielberg movies," Edwards told his WonderCon audience. "What they did so well — as well as having epic, fantastic spectacle — they made the characters feel real and human. We were trying to do the same thing here."

The Times said Edwards' clip wrapped up with Godzilla confronting the Mothra-like creature on the tarmac at Honolulu's airport. The newspaper said it was the first showing of the creature in full view of fans.

"I feel the best designs are strongest when they work in silhouette," Edwards said. "We built him in 3-D and designed him in black and rotated him. If you saw a sign warning 'Godzilla crossing,' you'd know right away it was not a deer or a bear."

The movie, the latest take that monster that originally appeared in the 1954 movie "Godzilla: King of All Monsters" is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer and the first movie appearance for Emmy-winning actor Bryan Cranston since the end of "Breaking Bad," according to Newsmax.

The movie is hoping to live down the failure of the imperfect 1998 version of "Godzilla" that starred Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno, which critics panned and underperformed at the box office.

"As one of the all-time great movie creatures, the giant radioactive lizard has rested more on his reputation than any proof from modern moviemaking. But that could all change today," wrote Kevin Sullivan of MTV.com on his blog.

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