Comic-Con 2013: Legendary Pictures’ ‘Godzilla’ Experience

Comic-Con Legendary Pictures Godzilla Experience

If you happened to be outside the San Diego Convention Center near PETCO Park this weekend you may have noticed a building that looked like it was attacked by a monster. Thanks in part by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros., the king of monsters, Godzilla himself is coming back on to the big screen in May of 2014. What Legendary and Warner Bros. brought to Comic-Con 2013 this year was an experience far more extravagant then a teaser clip like last year, they brought fans to Japan to see the beast up close and personal.

Walking into the Godzilla Experience, you are greeted by a warpath of destruction along with a mini replica of Godzilla. You’ll notice that the movie studios opted to go with classic Godzilla this time around rather than a lizard-like design that lays eggs in Madison Square Garden. You’re then guided through the streets of Tokyo where you can sit at a faux sushi bar next to a local or check out Tanaka TV Shop.

I took too long to try and grab as many pictures as I could and unfortunately a bunch of “firefighters” started pushing us forward to get out of the danger zone. As our group was shuttled off toward a power plant like control room I noticed a ton of Godzilla memorabilia that harkens back to the good ole days. Here is where they told us no more photography.

(Click on any of the images below to enlarge)

But of course the threat was too high once we got into the control room and we needed to get out of there. So a nice power plant lady ushered us into an elevator that was set to shake and rumble as Godzilla moved in on us. Once we hit our destination to get out of harms way we exited into a room set up like an office building where a digital screen projected an image of a stormy downtown Tokyo. Flashes of lightning and cracks of thunder made the experience quite tense, but as things began to quiet down there he was.

Godzilla was right in front of us and he looked spectacular. Now you can find a picture of this image somewhere on the Internet if you search, but I’m not one for piracy. If the live action film is as well animated as this little clip of Godzilla sneering his fangs at a room full of tourists than this new reboot should look fantastic.

After the presentation was over we left with a little treat thanks to Mondo posters:

Comic-Con 2013 Godzilla Mondo Poster

Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass; Anna Karenina), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy Mae Marlene), Ken Watanabe (Inception), Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, and Sally Hawkins, Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters) will hit US theaters May 16, 2014 in 2D and 3D.

For more Comic-Con 2013 coverage, follow the SDCC tag on the site or you can find TTRC on Facebook or Twtiter for more updates as they are made available.

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