Godzilla: King Of Monsters Aims To Put The “God” Back In “Godzilla”

Fans at Wondercon were treated to an extended look at Godzilla: King of the Monsters, featuring the awakening of King Gidorah from his icy prison as Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobbie Brown look on from the relative safety of a military base. As Gidorah breaks out, he uses his lightning breath to obliterate soldiers–just in time for Godzilla to arrive on the scene.

Of course, the footage cuts before the two can actually clash–but not before Gidorah gets to strike an incredibly iconic pose with his wings and three heads splayed for full effect–and, trust us, it looks and sounds absolutely amazing. Even for someone not completely steeped in vintage Toho lore, there will always be something awe-inspiring about a giant, golden, three-headed dragon in any context at all, let alone facing off against the world’s most famous reptile.

The context of the scene made it look like Godzilla was coming to the rescue of the humans, but director Michael Doughtery explained that the everyone’s favorite kaiju’s morality is not so easily distilled into good and evil.

“Godzilla is a god, right? He’s not good or bad. I think the big question is are we–as in the humans–good guys or bad guys? And that will affect how Godzilla reacts to us on any given day. The final shot we see of Gidorah on a volcano? The genesis of that moment is actually the Book of Revelations. We really wanted to put the ‘god’ back into Godzilla with this movie.”

Doughtery continued, “We wanted to treat them with the reverence we think they deserve. Mothra isn’t just a giant moth, she’s a goddess. That’s how I always saw them growing up–not as puppets, but as deities.”

Speaking of puppets–the classic, practical monsters are definitely a thing of the past. The creatures here in Godzilla: King of the Monsters are motion captured, which was an important part of their development according to Doughtery. “Gidorah’s three heads had to have their own personalities. When we were doing motion capture, we took three separate actors and bound them together as one creature. It was like a modern day version of the man-in-a-suit process.”

The visual effects aren’t the only thing that got a major update–the kaiju sound effects were also heavily considered. “I think the creatures are like musical instruments, they have very particular noises, screeches, roars. We worked really closely with the sound designers,” Doughtery explained. “We went out and recorded wild animals–turtles, even. Turns out turtles make really amazing noises. Rattlesnakes, vultures, owls–they have to sound like themselves.”

The majesty of the kaiju is all in service to a very human story, Doughtery assured. The monsters are the star of the show, but the movie is actually going to focus on a family. “A lot of it is about a family who survived the first Godzilla attack, so this is about how they cope with trauma and also giant monsters.” He laughed. “We used to call this movie Kramer vs Kramer vs Godzilla, but Warner didn’t like that too much.”

Despite the tragic loss of that amazing gag title, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is more than ready to bring the thunder to theaters this May 31.

We Saw Godzilla Battle King Ghidorah and It Was Crazy

Warning! Spoilers for exclusive Godzilla: King of the Monsters footage at WonderCon 2019 below. 

In a packed arena at the Anaheim Convention Center, fans eagerly awaited Warner Bros. presentation for its upcoming slate of films. And while there were cheers and applause for Annabelle Comes Home (check out the new trailer) and Shazam! (read our review), the Godzilla footage we saw was… “Something special.” Those words were spoken by Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty before the footage played. And he was right!

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New “Annabelle Comes Homes” Trailer Shows Why You Shouldn’t Play With (Haunted) Dolls

The iconic Chucky–next set to be played by Mark Hamill–wasn’t the only haunted doll that made an appearance during this year’s WonderCon. Warner Bros. dropped the new trailer for the next Annabelle movie, Annabelle Comes Home, during its panel at the convention in Anaheim, California.

Watch it below to see what’s new in the third Annabelle movie, the latest chapter of the connected Conjuring universe to be revealed:

In the trailer, a friend of the Judy Warren’s (Ed and Lorraine’s daughter) very unwisely disturbs the ghost-busting duo’s private hoard of spooky nicknacks, and the results go about as well as you’d expect.

Annabelle Comes Homes is the third movie starring the Annabelle doll as its main antagonist, although she’s also made appearances in other Conjuring universe movies–and beyond. Other than what’s in the trailer above, we don’t know a ton of details about Annabelle Comes Home, besides that Gary Dauberman (writer of the previous two Annabelle films, as well as the upcoming It: Chapter Two) is directing, James Wan is producing (as always), and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson reprise their roles as the Warrens.

Annabelle Comes Home hits theaters June 28.

Child’s Play Casts Mark Hamill As Chucky

There’s one more iconic character for Mark Hamill to add to his resume. The man behind Luke Skywalker, Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, and a long list of other heroes and villains has found his next role as the murderous Chucky doll in the remake of the horror film Child’s Play.

The news was revealed during the Child’s Play WonderCon panel, via a pre-recorded video from Hamill, in which he talked about his excitement to take on the psychopathic toy. The casting was even news to the movie’s other cast members, who were only told of his joining the project just before they walked on stage. Aubrey Plaza, who stars in the movie, joked that she willed this into happening by killing Chucky with a lightsaber during filming.

As for Hamill’s role in Child’s Play, he’s still recording dialogue, producer Seth Grahame-Smith hinted. “To have an icon reimagining an iconic character is an incredible gift,” the producer said. “He’s taken on this challenge with a huge amount of energy and really come at it in a serious way.” The actor himself teased this news was coming in a tweet a day before the official reveal.

Of course, this is far from Hamill’s first voice work. In addition to his aforementioned Batman: The Animated Series turn as the Joker, he’s done voices for TV shows like SWAT Kats, Adventure Time, and Ultimate Spider-Man.

The panel also included some new footage from Child’s Play, which featured a young boy (Gabriel Bateman) trying to convince his mom (Plaza) that his toy doll had come to life and was, in fact, a murderer. Of course, if you know anything about the Child’s Play franchise, you should be able to guess that was followed by a lot of carnage as Chucky tried to kill the mom and her son.

Child’s Play also stars Bryan Tyree Henry and Tim Matheson. It hits theaters on June 21.

Bus Simulator for Consoles Is Like Video Game ASMR

Of the many games I played at PAX East 2019, I didn’t expect Bus Simulator would be one of my favorites, but yet, here we are.

Previously available only to PC gamers, Bus Simulator comes to consoles later this year, and I had a chance to try it out here in Boston. I’ve played other simulator games like Farming Simulator and Train Simulator, so I had an inkling of what to expect.

If you’re unfamiliar, Bus Simulator is exactly what its name promises, but even more in-depth that it would lead you to believe. Yes, you drive busses. In fact, there are dozens of real-life, officially licensed bus models to drive, but it’s more than just driving from stop to stop.

There’s a story here: the fictitious city in which Bus Simulator is set doesn’t have good public transportation. It’s up to you to help rebuild the infrastructure for a thriving public transportation system through–you guessed it–driving busses.

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Every TV Show Coming to Apple TV+

Apple has doubled-down on its plan to dive into original programming for digital streaming with Apple TV+, and we’ve got a rundown on all the shows that are on the way from the company.