That loud roar you heard this afternoon wasn't Godzilla. It was the crowd reacting to the WonderCon footage that was shown during a rather sleepy Warner Bros. panel at the convention center in Anaheim. But before we get to that, a brand new TV spot debuted on NBC as well, which is not yet available online. Someone did, however, manage to snap a photo of the Muto monster as it will be seen in the film. Check out this full-body shot as we impatiently await this latest footage.
As for Godzilla's appearance at WonderCon, it literally brought the house down. While no stars were on hand, director Gareth Edwards saved the day by introducing what is referred to as the 'Tsunami' clip.
This sneak peek opened with Aaron Taylor-Johnson comforting a scared child on a subway car that has lost power. The awesome, in-your-face scene slowly builds, as a Hawaiian city becomes flooded due to the monster rising from the depths. Godzilla is revealed bit by bit until he is fully seen on-screen, prepared to battle what could be described as a cross between a preying mantis and a pterodactyl. The moment ends, teasing a showdown between these two monsters at an airport. The crowd reaction was off the charts as audience members stomped their feet and cheered loudly for quite a few minutes. This was followed by an outpouring of tweets, some of which we've gathered here for you to read so you get a taste of what happened at the event.
If film is as great as the footage shown today, GODZILLA is going to be one of the biggest films of the year. That includes worldwide gross.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 19, 2014
This is first time studio revealed what the other creature looks like. When Godzilla showed up to fight the crowd went to 11. Huge response.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 19, 2014
Godzilla footage: amazing. A mix of jurassic park-era Spielberg w/ slight teases of Godzilla, ramping up to a two monster battle #WonderCon— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 19, 2014
Crowd roars wildly to the extended GODZILLA sequence, which builds nicely to show the monster himself.— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) April 19, 2014
Is this a boy band concert or did Gareth Edwards just show us a full body reveal of Godzilla? Wow. Massive reaction. #WonderCon— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 19, 2014
If this clip is any indication, Godzilla is going to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer. Its rumored that Godzilla battles a number of other monsters in the film, becoming a savoir for mankind as he was in the later Japanese movies that carried the giant lizard through sixty years of entertainment.
Before showing the clip, Gareth Edwards talked about marketing the film.
"Quiet is the new loud. I've been in this bubble for two years [making the movie]. Everyone was, 'Keep it secret.' 'You can't show anything.' And now it's flipped. Now it's 'Go out and tell everybody. Go sell this movie hard.'"
What do you think of Muto now that you've seen her in the flesh? Does she have what it takes to become as iconic as Mothera?