Either of them.) "Godzilla" scored the biggest box office opening for a creature feature ever last weekend, and finally did the King of Monsters justice in the minds of the fans who flocked to theaters to see him stomp — then save — San Francisco. While director Roland Emmerich's 1998 movie, "Godzilla," is generally derided for consisting of nothing but flaws, a comparison of the two very different adaptations reveals Emmerich's vision did succeed in ways Edwards' didn't. Also read: How 'Godzilla' Defied the Experts and Tracking to Blow Away the Box Office Don't believe it? See video: Jimmy Kimmel Tells People 'Godzilla' Is Based on a True Story, Too Many Believe Him 1.
With every new trailer that hits for “Godzilla,” we get more tantalizing looks at the big guy and the destruction he’ll be bringing soon to movie theaters everywhere. But what’s most striking about latest “Extended Look” at the upcoming revamp is it reveals what might be a major spoiler: the death of a major character played by an Oscar-winning actor early in the film. The Extended Look opens with Sandra Brody (Juliette Binoche) and Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) hard at work at what appears to be a nuclear power plant, with Sandra in protective gear while running some sort of drill or experiment. Before you can exclaim “D’oh!” Homer Simpson-style, there’s a major accident that appears to claim Sandra’s life … and has some considerable detrimental effect on the environment.
Look, it’s the new recruits of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Yes, we are pumped for the return of the superhero ensemble in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but it’s the addition of the brother-sister duo, Scarlet Witch (above) and Quicksilver (below), that’s inspiring even more geek-outs. Sibling rivalry — and sibling bickering — is right up writer-director Joss Whedon’s alley, and all the better that it will be embodied by such fan-approved thespians as Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver looks especially, well, “Kick-Ass” as the super-speedy superhero, sporting athletic gear recalling the color scheme of the more stylized outfit worn by his comic book counterpart. Plus that’s Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye next to Scarlet Witch as they do battle with the forces of the villainous sentient robot Ultron (James Spader).
Godzilla’s always been rather large. The King of the Monsters is set to make an ultra-sized comeback this summer in director Gareth Edwards’ reboot, which boasts the mighty cast of future “Avengers” co-stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, living legend Bryan Cranston, Ra’s al Ghul stand-in Ken Watanabe and even French actress Juliette Binoche, finally making good on that “Jurassic Park” gig she couldn’t do over 20 years ago. As impressive as they are, the humans aren’t what’s got us psyched for the newfangled “Godzilla.” It’s the big beast himself that guarantees our attendance on opening night, and for the most part Legendary Pictures has so far been keeping the star of the show behind the curtain, offering only the vaguest glimpses through the dusty rubble in the film’s teaser trailer. The new poster gives us one of our best looks at Godzilla yet, though what’s most striking isn’t the creature’s design (pretty traditional and awesome) but his sheer size.
No, we’re not cruelly making light of a dire situation, we’re watching the second unit on Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla" capture one of many aftermath scenes in which a 400-foot creature has laid waste to his surroundings. As we learned on the set, up-and-coming director Edwards (“Monsters”) and his leading men Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Aaron Taylor Johnson (“Kick-Ass”) clearly want to stay true to the character’s mythos, while also exploring new territory. Don’t Call It A Comeback (Or Prequel) "It is an origin story, Edwards said.
Ever since the Japanese original “Godzilla” (first titled “Godjira”) took the horror genre to all new heights, literally and figuratively, with its larger-than-life reptilian beast, there’ve been a number of very varied attempts to capitalize on the creature’s fear potential. The latest of which — director Gareth Edwards’s upcoming release starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston — just released a new trailer that is bigger in scale than any previous incarnation, smashing up everything from San Francisco to Las Vegas While some installments have been more favored than others, from the looks (and sounds) of this newest iteration it seems that Edwards’s take might just be hearkening back more to the roots of Godzilla’s movie magic — especially within the latest round of materials released from the pic. Empire Online's “Godzilla”-centric cover features a full-length black-and-white image of the new take on the havoc-wreaker, striking a familiar pose as he looms over a hopeless city-scape.