GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Director Discusses The Creation of the Creature Designs
A lot of fans are excited about director Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. One of the most exciting things about it is the fact that we are going to get to see Godzilla battle the creatures Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
We’ve seen these giant creatures teased in the trailers that have been released for the film and what we’ve seen so far is certainly getting the fans pumped up!
We’ve got some interesting new information to share with you for these giant monsters thanks to an interview with the director that was conducted by Cinema Today JP. Thanks to Omega Gormaru, we have a translation of what the director said about the designs of these creatures and bringing them to life for the big screen.
When talking about the new design for Godzilla, he didn’t want to alter the design that we saw in the 2014 film too much, but he did make some changes:
"With Godzilla, I really liked what [director Gareth Edwards] had done in the previous film with Godzilla's look, so I just wanted to make tiny tweaks, like changing his back spikes to look like the 1954 Godzilla. These in particular were taken right off the back of the original 1954 Godzilla. So I took Photoshop, and just photoshopped these spikes onto the back of Gareth's film. I made the feet and the claws a bit bigger, because a predatory creature like him would have very powerful sharp claws to tear into his prey.”
I think he was right to make those changes. They make sense. As of the other monsters in the film that Godzilla will find himself facing off with, he went on to talk about the design that was created for Rodan, saying:
"I tried to come up with a look for him that felt like something that could have crawled out of a volcano. So, [in] the look of his scales, even the color of his body, there are elements of volcanic rock, because I wanted to create a creature that looked like it could live inside a volcano if it had to," the director said. "But also, it's meant to look like something Mother Nature could have created."
He then discussed the creation of Mothra and what he and his team were trying to do with bringing her to life. One thing they wanted to make sure of is that she would have been able to put up a good fight against the King of the Monsters:
"For Mothra, I tried to capture the power of the original Mothra with her color palette, making sure that she had the eye spots on her wings. The eye spots are designed to look like Godzilla's eyes, because I wanted to create a connection between Mothra and Godzilla. I tried to make her look more like a traditional insect that exists in the world, but also gave her slightly larger feet because I wanted her to be able to defend herself and fight with the other creatures that she had to, and if she didn't have longer legs or claws, she'd be too vulnerable.”
"If you look at moths in nature, they do have very long legs, so I tried to create something that was beautiful, and feminine, and elegant, and looked like a true goddess, but also dangerous if she had to be."
Finally there’s Ghidorah, one of Godzilla’s greatest foes. One of the things I loved about what they did with this character was give each head of the giant creature a distinct look and personality:
"The fun of [Ghidorah] was trying to create a dragon which was unique but clearly Ghidorah. So his wings are different, but also something that could take flight and own the skies if he had to. The other fun thing we did is we gave each head its own different personality, so each head is a little bit different than the other one. I like to think that the center head is the smartest, alpha head. Of the three, he's the one who's really in charge, and the other two are sort of his lackeys.”
"Again, each creature had to be unique from the other, but also pay tribute to all the creatures that came before. We worked closely with Toho to make sure it lived up to their standards, so that's why he has to have two spiked spiked tails and his golden colors. To do that, we looked at a lot of different animals in nature, so different reptiles, different lizards and snakes, cobras, especially king cobras, [and studied] their scales to craft something that looks like it could be realistic. The big rule for all the creatures was, if they discovered the fossils for these creatures, you would believe that they could have existed."
That’s pretty rad. It’s good to know that they put a lot of thought, care, and detail into the creation of these creatures. Hopefully, it all pays off when we go see the movie!
Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Ken Watanabe, and Bradley Whitford, and it’s currently scheduled to hit theaters May 31, 2019.