Yesterday, the original 1954 version of Godzilla played at SXSW, and as an added treat, the audience in attended got a first look at new footage from Gareth Evans’ upcoming remake. Plot details are still scarce, but this footage did reveal a new kaiju in full. Kaiju other than Godzilla had been briefly glimpsed in the previous trailer, but the footage that was shown at SXSW showed both Godzilla and the new, unnamed kaiju in all their glory.
Hit the jump for a description of both monsters. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn. Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.
Here’s STYD’s description of the new monster:
It’s a multi-limbed creature with what look like wings on its back (that would explain the mystery shape we saw cutting through the clouds in the official trailer). This beast is wreaking havoc at the airport that sets off a domino-like chain of explosions which take out two airplanes waiting at their gate. From inside the airport, travelers panic, watching the mayhem through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Godzilla is also on his way, and while the trailers have shown us bits and pieces of the classic monster, here’s how STYD describes him:
A giant foot comes into frame. It looks like a damn tank. But so much bigger than a tank. We’re now back on the tarmac and this second creature looks up at its foe… and in an epic “hero shot,” the camera cuts to Godzilla’s legs and tilts up, offering us the best look at the famous monster yet. You’ve seen him by this point in photos and in fleeting trailer shots, but this footage finally does justice: He looks stocky. He looks like brawler, ready to throw down. And with a mighty Godzilla roar, the footage slams to black.
STYD also added that the scene had finished music from Alexander Desplat, and it (unsurprisingly) sounded terrific.
From STYD’s description, it sounds like Godzilla is going to give us the best of both worlds by not only giving us monster destruction, but also the epic monster fights that followed the original Godzilla.