The new Godzilla trailer has some literally groundbreaking news: Godzilla caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster!
It opens with a voice-over by scientist Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) exposing a government coverup that seems to be a not-so subtle reference to the meltdown, which was caused by a tsunami resulting from an earthquake.
“You are not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster,” Brody alleges as a nuclear power plant crumbles in Japan. “You’re lying. It was not an earthquake. It wasn’t a typhoon because what’s really happening is you’re hiding something out there.”
That’s not the only revelation. The nuclear testing in the Pacific that supposedly created Godzilla was actually the military attempting to kill the monster with a humorously painted Godzilla bomb, or G-bomb. The bomb didn’t noticeably alter Godzilla’s appearance judging by the painting. In fact, man’s arrogance is a theme throughout the film.
“The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control and not the other way around,” says a Japanese scientist (Ken Watanabe).
Godzilla is just one of the film’s kaiju, or giant monsters. The other creatures are known as Muto, which is also the name of the government organization tasked with dealing with them.
Unfortunately, the use of nukes only exacerbates the bug problem. The Mutos lay their glowing eggs on the nuclear bombs as a substitute for the natural prey: Godzilla, who functions as a giant nuclear reactor that they feed off.
The glowing eggs are reminiscent of the Godzilla meltdown in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah and so is the glowing leg that looks a lot like the initial form of Destoroyah before he mutated.
The trailer ends with Godzilla trying to eat a giant moth, at least giant compared to us. It could just be a Mothra cameo intended to set up a future appearance in the inevitable Godzilla sequel. However, given the narrative of man against nature being a losing battle, expect Mothra to play an integral role. The comical twin fairies not so much.
What looks like a moth flapping its wings is actually Godzilla’s tongue but its eerily similar leading me to believe it’s a hint at an eventual appearance by Mothra.
Director Gareth Edwards told Empire magazine all the other kaiju will be original but their will be Easter eggs for classic Toho kaiju.
“The creatures are original to this film but very much inspired by Toho (there are some Easter eggs for fans),” Edwards said in a Q&A on Facebook.
Godzilla release date: May 16, 2014.