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Comic Con 2012: Godzilla panel, with director Gareth Edwards! Plus a pic of the big guy himself!

Jul. 16, 2012by: Eric Walkuski
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This was the biggest thrill of Comic Con this year. Just my opinion, of course, but anytime you're just so supremely excited to see something that you feel your heart thumping in your chest and a slight welling up of the eyes (it was just an eyelash or something, I swear), then you know you're experiencing something special. That was indeed the case with GODZILLA.

Of course, we had read a few weeks ago that it was a possibility that the big guy would be showing up at the Con this year. (Props to Latino Review for breaking the news.) But it wasn't a sure thing, so I don't believe anyone had it penciled in. But when Legendary Pictures head honcho Thomas Tull said he had something to show us (this right after the PACIFIC RIM footage, natch), and my colleague Jason Adams instinctively said to me, Godzilla, I might have audibly sighed like a schoolgirl and leaned forward because I just knew he was right.

The lights dimmed and here's what I can remember (it's all so foggy):

- There are images of a city devastated. Bodies lie on the ground in the hundreds. It looks like a nuclear bomb has laid waste to a metropolis, and it's actually quite eerie and intense.

- One interesting shot shows a building toppled over, and you can barely glimpse a man standing on top of it, surveying the wreckage. Another building has a massive hole smack in the middle of it.

- To further hammer home the A-bomb parallel, a voice-over of Robert Oppenheimer's famous speech about seeing the atomic blast for the first time plays over the footage: We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, Vishnu takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.'

- We see, amid the rest of the carnage, what appears to be the huge, crumpled body of a monster laying in the debris.

- The sound of stomping can be heard.

- Finally, a big old foot comes down in a cloud of dust. We pan up, see the scales, and he turns around and oh my word it's Godzilla and he lets loose with his famous roar. He's not seen completely clearly (what fun would that be?) but we can tell that it looks like the classic Toho incarnation, just not a man in a suit, but a well-realized CG creation.

- Title card comes up: GODZILLA. The place goes nuts...

Thomas Tull then introduced director Gareth Edwards (MONSTERS), who, it was immediate obvious, was humbled by the truly enthusiastic response. He said he was standing there while the people were screaming with joy during the footage, and he said to himself, Don't cry, Gareth. Later on, when they brought up the house lights to show the audience going nuts again, Gareth said, You really want to make me cry, don't you?

- Edwards on what this film will be like: We're going to take it seriously. If this really happened, what would it really be like? There's nothing sci-fi about this movie, it's very grounded, realistic.

- They then showed the footage again and we were all sent back to a state of bliss.

- Unfortunately, not much in terms of the actual story was revealed, nor an idea of when production would begin in earnest. But if nothing else, the fact that WB and Legendary brought this teaser to Comic Con proves that they're getting ready to unleash this bad boy sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Extra Tidbit: Yes, we know it's bad to show off bootleg images, but c'mon man, this is Godzilla.
Source: JoBlo.com

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6:50PM on 07/16/2012

holy shit!

God forbid they release the fucking teaser online. seriously Get it online! sometimes i really hate all the fucking secrecy for just a god damn trailer.. but wow! that picture looks amazing!
God forbid they release the fucking teaser online. seriously Get it online! sometimes i really hate all the fucking secrecy for just a god damn trailer.. but wow! that picture looks amazing!
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3:06PM on 07/16/2012

NOWWWWWW

I need it nowwwww. I want to see this tease too ;((( i am so stoked for this movie. I am hoping and praying for the best, edwards is a really good director, I loved monsters a lot it was pretty solid movie done with not so much money. So now he has the money and has godzilla so all I know is this movie will be epic and can't fail. It just can't. I pray it'll be a long movie not like 90mins. I want a full 2hr godzilla movie. Showing how he was made showing him go nuts, the army, everything. I am
I need it nowwwww. I want to see this tease too ;((( i am so stoked for this movie. I am hoping and praying for the best, edwards is a really good director, I loved monsters a lot it was pretty solid movie done with not so much money. So now he has the money and has godzilla so all I know is this movie will be epic and can't fail. It just can't. I pray it'll be a long movie not like 90mins. I want a full 2hr godzilla movie. Showing how he was made showing him go nuts, the army, everything. I am guessing they will be having this movie take place in present time right? I hope so.
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1:11PM on 07/16/2012
Very good news. I like the Hollywood is putting more faith in filmmakers who have proven themselves with limited indie budgets first, like Neill Blomkamp and Duncan Jones, and giving them juicier projects for them to try. I hope Gareth Evans will be one more of those success stories. That silhouetted shot of Godzilla looks so very very good. They're sticking with Toho's look, but making it more serious and increasing the gravity of the event. And from the description, it sounds like Godzilla
Very good news. I like the Hollywood is putting more faith in filmmakers who have proven themselves with limited indie budgets first, like Neill Blomkamp and Duncan Jones, and giving them juicier projects for them to try. I hope Gareth Evans will be one more of those success stories. That silhouetted shot of Godzilla looks so very very good. They're sticking with Toho's look, but making it more serious and increasing the gravity of the event. And from the description, it sounds like Godzilla will get to fight at least one other kaiju!
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11:51AM on 07/16/2012
FREAKIN' A !! So FAN-FRIKKIN'-TASTIC to hear , Now we can finally wash that shitty taste of the Roland Emmerich debacle away !! LONG LIVE THE BIG GUY !!
FREAKIN' A !! So FAN-FRIKKIN'-TASTIC to hear , Now we can finally wash that shitty taste of the Roland Emmerich debacle away !! LONG LIVE THE BIG GUY !!
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