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Godzilla’s Terrifying New Design Revealed for ‘Resurgence’

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the latest news from Toho— the studio that created everyone’s favorite kaiju Godzilla—on its upcoming monster epic, Godzilla: Resurgence. A teaser trailer and a poster were released. A mild controversy erupted among fans over Godzilla’s new design, which they described as “lacking personality.” I offered a brief defense, but it should be noted that the only hint at the new design is a close-up of Godzilla’s face on the poster.

Now has reported on some leaked images from the film:

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Co-director/screenwriter Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) has promised this will be the “scariest Godzilla yet,” and the design certainly reflects that. Given that the film’s other co-director, Shinji Higuchi, recently helmed the two-part live-action film adaptation of the popular manga/anime Attack on Titan (which I seriously need to watch now), it’s no wonder Godzilla looks like one of the titular giants from that series. What I find most striking is that Godzilla’s appearance looks burned and scarred, his skin like that of Freddy Kruger from A Nightmare on Elm Street. Could this be an indication of the damage done to him by radiation?

Higuchi has said that Big G will be brought to life using what he calls “hybrid” technology, which is used in the Attack on Titan film. This involves using a combination of CGI and shots of live actors on sets. In other words, Toho aims to combine the best of both worlds from its “suitmation” history and Gareth Edwards’ reboot. I, being a fan of both, look forward to seeing what Toho produces. Although, there has yet to be a domestic release date announced for Godzilla: Resurgence.

The film will be released in Japan July 29, 2016.