In the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, fans will witness Godzilla going toe to toe against other titans such as Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah. The trailers released so far have teased an epic battle between the Monster Zero-One and the three-headed monster.
Talking to Empire Magazine, Michael Dougherty spoke about the making of combat scenes between the Titans. While the director took inspirations from creatures in nature to develop the Titans, He decided to take inspirations from Sumo wrestlers for the creature’s fighting styles.
“These guys are massive and very strong, but also very agile. So we watched sumo wrestling in slow motion,” said Dougherty.
Similar to Ghidorah, Godzilla was also played by an actor in a mo-cap suit. And that stuntman was none other than T.J. Storm who also mo-capped Colossus in Deadpool and Predator in the recent 2018 movie.
The director went on to explain that this was important to convey the idea that Godzilla’s more than a force of nature, there’s a “consciousness and wisdom” to him and compared the titan to Kong.
“That’s why the character has endured, because we can sympathize with him. In the same way that we see a glimmer of humanity in Kong, I think that exists in Godzilla. He’s not a big dumb lizard.”
It seems like Dougherty has introduced some character traits to Godzilla rather than just show it as a destructive Titan. Perhaps, it would play a larger role in the film’s plot which says the Titans are back to reclaim the earth.
A new still of zilla from Godzilla: King of the Monsters was also shared in the recent Empire issue. A screen capture of the image can be found below. You can purchase the May issue to check out the entire story.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters will hit theaters on May 31.
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