The more we see of the new monster for next year's Godzilla reboot, the more confident we are that this is a redesign we can believe in.
While that 1998 reboot that we don't really like to talk about much seemed to get just about everything wrong when it came to Godzilla, the next attempt to revitalize the classic kaiju seems to, so far, be getting everything right. It's got acclaimed Monsters direct Gareth Edwards at the helm, and a script that includes work by Frank Darabont. It's got a star-packed cast that includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe and original Godzilla star Akira Takarada. It's also got some killer early footage that, according to those who've seen it, includes more than one monster.
The production has also done a pretty good job of keeping the monster himself under wraps until they want to show him to us in all his destructive majesty, so we really haven't seen much but a tail here or a head there. Until now, that is.
A Godzilla tie-in book "kit" that will feature both a Godzilla figure that roars and 48 pages of material on the history of Godzilla and the making of the new movie will be released sometime next year, but the cover has already popped up online, and it's pretty much a full body shot of the star of the show himself. So, if you don't want to see the full creature until Gareth Edwards decides to show it to you in some stylized way, click away now.
Everyone else, step right this way and meet the monster.
While we're certain that he'll no doubt look much better when he's in motion, leveling buildings and battling other kaiju on the big screen, this is nonetheless a very encouraging shot of the monster. It looks classic without looking corny, and it definitely looks ready for some serious destruction.
We'll get to see the monster in all his gargantuan glory when Godzilla roars into theaters on May 16, 2014, but for now, what do you think?