We love the ‘King of Monsters” but as with any long serving pop culture icon time hasn’t treated Godzilla with all the respect a 350 ft radioactive lizard monster deserves. In saying that the latest Godzilla reboot was really promising in our eyes and with plans for a sequel, Godzilla: King of Monsters in the works for 2019 there is no better way to celebrate than to share with the world 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Godzilla.
In 1954 Godzilla stood at 50 Meters tall (164 ft.) in 2014 he stands at a whopping 150 Meters (492 ft.) To put that in perspective it is generally considered that King Kong is 50ft tall. Godzilla is now three times as big as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. One and a half times larger than Big Ben and just under one hundred times larger than your average man.
Godzilla’s Screech is instantly recognisable. As soon as you hear it you know that buildings are seconds away from crumbling to dust. The original sound for Godzilla was made by rubbing a leather glove down a Contrabass.
In 1992 Godzilla took on Phoenix Suns Power Forward Charles Barkley on in a game of one on one. The advert conceived by Nike Features Godzilla taking a stiff elbow to the chops.
Well in 1985 he did anyway. Godzilla was supposed to appear in two Dr Pepper adverts but the second one didn't ever materialise. It was shot in black and white to mirror the original 1954 release. Technically speaking it isn’t Godzilla at all. Its PepperGoji. That’s what the suit was named obviously it’s a cross between Dr Pepper and Gojira the Japanese name for Godzilla.
It sounds almost too good to be true but there was discussions for Adam West and Burt Ward to take on the “King of Monsters” but sadly it never came into fruition. Which is heartbreaking to say the least but he did go on to fight The Avengers in 1977-1979. Marvel released a 24 issue comic where Godzilla took on the mighty Thor and also locked heads with The Fantastic Four.
Lets just set something straight were talking about the 1998 Godzilla reboot. Which quite honestly if it didn’t have the name Godzilla attached to it would’ve been a half decent attempt at a monster film but as its stands it’s a pile of dinosaur dung. Toho hated the American reboot so much that they dubbed the US reptile “Zilla” so not to confuse the brand. They then bought the rights to use “Zilla” movie “Monster Wars” purely so the real Godzilla could smash him through the Sydney Opera House.
The first Godzilla film was released in 1954. Just 9 years after the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima. The original Japanese film is obviously bares this in mind and Godzilla’s skin was intentionally reminiscent of the keloid scar tissue which many of the survivors suffered from. Godzilla: King of Monsters was subsequently released in the US in 1956 and under went a massive overhaul leaving out some of the A Bomb references.
Godzilla is one of only 16 fictional characters to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He joins the likes of Mickey Mouse, Big Bird and Snoopy.
As of today there has been a total of 30 Godzilla films made. 28 of which were Japanese and the other 2 were American. The third American installment is called Godzilla: King of Monsters and is set for release in 2019.
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