Godzilla is my favorite character of all time and I have been watching every film since I was just three years old! So here are some facts you might not know about Godzilla!
During Godzilla's rampage through downtown Tokyo, one of the buildings he destroys is the Toho Theater. In fact, some fans who were watching the film in that theater actually thought the theater was being attacked and tried to run out of the theater.
Although some people think Godzilla/Gojira is a dinosaur crossed with a lizard or some sort of dinosaur, but the name Gojira is a combination of the Japanese words for gorilla (gorira) and whale (kujira).
The movie's opening scene was inspired by the Lucky Dragon incident, where the fishing boat known as the Lucky Dragon strayed too close to what was named the most powerful nuclear test ever and was contaminated with radiation. A crew on board a fishing boat, going about their normal day, suddenly a bright flash of light catches their attention, and they are soon bombarded with radioactivity. The only difference is that the boat catches fire and sinks in the movie. If you look closely at the life preserver, you will see the marking "No. 5". This was a reference to the ship Lucky Dragon No. 5, which was one of the inspirations for the film.
One of the potential names for Godzilla was Anguirus. The name was discarded but used in the second Godzilla film, Godzilla Raids Again (1955) as the name of the monster that Godzilla fights.
Some of the designs for the Godzilla suit were similar save for the texture of the monster's skin. One Godzilla's skin was very warty, while another was more like that of an alligator. The final design, giving Godzilla his familiar rocky hide, was meant to suggest that the nuclear bomb blasts which awakened him had burned him.
One of the original Godzilla designs was a monster with a head shaped like a mushroom, intended to recall images of mushroom clouds.
Godzilla 2014 Fact:
After the release of 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars, marking the 50th anniversary of the Godzilla film franchise, Toho Co., Ltd. announced that it would not produce any films featuring the Godzilla character for ten years. Director Yoshimitsu Banno (who had directed 1971's Godzilla vs. Hedorah) secured the rights from Toho to make an IMAX 3D short film based on a remake of the Godzilla vs. Hedorah story. Banno and producer Kenji Okuhira then joined with American 3-D Cinematographer and Visual Effects Supervisor Peter Anderson who brought on producer Brian Rogers and the project was then re-negotiated with Toho as a full length 3-D feature film. Also through Anderson, Kerner Optical came on board to produce the film. But after several years of problems with raising needed additional funding, the team approached Legendary Pictures in 2009.
Honorable Mention Fact:
Yes, you saw that image correctly! There was almost a Batman Vs. Godzilla film with Adam West as Batman! Read all about it here: http://godzilla.wikia.com/wiki/Godzilla_vs._Batman
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