First Trailer and New Poster for GODZILLA Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston

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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released the first trailer for director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla along with a new poster  If you want to see the titular kaiju, you’re going to be in for a bit of a disappointment, but you should be encouraged by the style Edwards is bringing to the movie.  There are some great-looking shots, especially the opening halo jump and the red smoke clouds following the paratroopers.  And when Godzilla is finally “revealed”, it’s in a stunning, smokey silhouette.  It’s an effective teaser trailer, and I don’t mind waiting to see more while the special effects team attempts to recreate one of cinema’s most memorable monsters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the new poster.  The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette BinocheDavid Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins.  Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.

Via Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures.

Here’s the official synopsis for Godzilla:

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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  • book1245

    This just sent chills down my spine.

    • axalon

      That is how you do a teaser trailer.

    • Gojiro

      It sent arching electro-plasma down my spine. Can’t wait to topple Coit Tower.

  • Frank

    I’ll probably appreciate it in the long run, but I’m kinda disappointed that I didn’t get to see much of anything in that trailer.

    • AJD1984

      its a teaser trailer they come before full trailers. Given its the first we’ve had we saw the monster which usually wouldn’t appear until the full trailer. Grateful much!

      • Lou Zylka

        well for me i was a tad bit disappointed because its a bit similar to the comic-con trailer. I was really hoping to see a full image of Godzilla, but its the same shot of him in the dust and fug.

    • MEY

      Yes, this trailer is about Boringdzilla.

      New ideas?

      • lordjim

        movies are still mainly a visual medium, and especially this kind of movie is about the style and the style looks great.anyway, what the hell did you expect?

      • MEY

        New stories, new characters, new ideas, creative movies from creative people.

        There are so many remakes and reboots! So much money spent on the same stories! I think it is not a good thing.

        And I think I am not the only one. At least I hope…

        That is all, sir!

      • lordjim

        oh, okay, i ment what did you expect from a godzilla trailer.you are absolutely right about the remakes and reboots – hollywood is not a friendly place for creative people, it has turned into the mc donald´s of film.

      • lordjim

        oh, okay, i ment what did you expect from a godzilla trailer.you are absolutely right about the remakes and reboots – hollywood is not a friendly place for creative people, it has turned into the mc donald´s of film.

    • MEY

      Boringdzilla…

    • MEY

      Oh, help, help! Godzilla is coming! Help! Heeeeelp!

      Help! Godzilla… Hm… Godzilla.

      Hmmmm… Goodzilla. Very Goodzilla…

      • straight arrow

        Where ever you are going with this … Its just not working. If your gonna be a troll, at least be a good troll

      • MEY

        Not trolling, just slow system loading. :)
        Slowdzilla…

  • Mikey The Riot

    cant f-ing wait!!!! ahhhhh!

  • mattinacan

    say my name! you’re goddamn right.

  • partysub

    kind of cliché, but i’m sold on the sound design

  • zac

    jupiter ascending looked better, hopefully the movie is a surprise!

    • mattinacan

      yea maybe if you are smoking Blue Sky

      • zac

        maybe I’m just over the whole, city being destroyed cliche, mankind blah bah, then again maybe I’m getting old and just over it

      • straight arrow

        Were you expecting a romantic comedy?

      • zac

        just pointing out its exactly the same as everything in the past 5 years so yes I would degrade it down to a typical predictable romantic comedy. at least with “ascending” it’s something we haven’t seen for a while anyway so that’s why i give it more creed

      • zac

        *cred

      • mattinacan

        you haven’t even seen Jupiter Ascending yet. how much do you want to bet at least one city gets destroyed in that movie and mankind is at risk at some point. you have no idea what you are talking about.

      • zac

        you don’t have to get defensive! my point is we haven’t seen either but from both trailers, you can’t argue that godzilla brings anything new, even with all the fancy fx it looks old and tired, for all I know ascending will flop, but thank you for enlightening me since “i have no idea” and you know all about film

      • mattinacan

        and JA is a copy of a hundred other space operas. there are no new ideas, just ways to reinvent old ideas in fresh and new ways.

        What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought.

      • Frank

        Scott Stapp wishes people gave more Creed.

      • Sam

        god bless you for this comment

      • Frank

        Scott Stapp wishes people gave more Creed.

      • lordjim

        ever heard of a movie called babylon a.d.?well not the best but still didin´t look as much like a generic videogame as jupiter ascending.

      • aicdragon29 .

        I was expecting Matthew Broderick pining after his reporter ex g/f reigniting the flames of love at Madison Square Garden amongst a bunch of hatching Baby Godzilla eggs… yikes… just typing that left a bad taste in my mouth… nothing could be worse than that in a Godzilla film… which if ya think about, considering the legend of Godzilla was built on “man in suit” films… thats saying a lot!

        Atleast this Godzilla wont run away from one fricking helicopter!

      • Joseph M

        I think he means that although the film will pass a couple of hours, the whole big giant monsters/robots/men-in-robots smashing up New York thing is officially worn out. A lot of us want to see a big budget spent on something that really goes out there and takes a chance with the public’s imagination instead of feeding them more gigantic carnage fests.

      • lordjim

        i do understand that, but jupiter ascending?really??what does not look corny about that babylon a.d./fifth element mess?

      • Lex Walker

        This summer, get ready for the feel-good movie that has critics calling it “bigger than life” and “humongous fun”. When a fresh-faced giant lizard from Japan steps onto the shores of New York, a love connection is born. From the makers of “You’ve Got Mail” and “First Wives Club” comes “Godzilla”, the romantic event of the year.

      • Guest

        i remember when i had my first beer

      • LL

        This is a film for Godzilla. That’s literally what the film is about. There’s no other direction this could have gone.

    • Straight Talk

      Stupider Ascending does look better, if better means 15 million times worse.

      • Past Your Bedtime Kid

        Your mom is going to be pissed that you got PB&J all over the keyboard again.

      • Past Your Bedtime Kid

        Your mom is going to be pissed that you got PB&J all over the keyboard again.

    • lordjim

      that is soooo wrong, it´s not even a matter of taste, what the hell are you on????

  • Azeem

    Big props to the teaser trailer music. For those true sic-fi fans, the music was the same music to introduce the Black Monolith in 2001: Space Odyssey. Then, like now, the music gives me the chills!

    Looks great!

    • bidi

      caught that myself. loved it. created great atmosphere

    • GrimReaper07

      That caught my attention too cause its probably the most chill-inducing song I’ve ever heard

      • Frank

        It’s not even really a song so much as it is a choir imitating a wind storm. But yeah it really is a great choice; just so ominous and creepy.

    • ISeemToBeAVerb

      Yeah recognized that music immediately. I should. 2001′s my favorite SF film and I’ve seen it nearly fifty times over the years. Yeah it’s some chilling stuff.

    • ISeemToBeAVerb

      Yeah recognized that music immediately. I should. 2001′s my favorite SF film and I’ve seen it nearly fifty times over the years. Yeah it’s some chilling stuff.

  • Max Rockatansky

    They shouldn’t have release the comic con version because I feel kinda underwhelmed with this one. Still enjoy the comic con teaser with the voice over.

  • El actor secundario Bob

    Nice videogame. Where’s the trailer for the upcoming movie?

    • straight arrow

      …wait .. ahhhhh I see what you did there! Ha your a … your a funny guy.

    • mattinacan

      he be trollin

      • straight arrow

        … and hatin’

      • Past Your Bedtime Kid

        At least he isn’t fapping to yet another giant monster rampaging movie.

      • straight arrow

        Fapping? Ok for goodness sake I’m losing track to all these internet terms. How about you go to bed kid

  • Chris

    Halo jump was totally worth it for the visuals.

  • Yurine

    YASSSSSS

    • Strong Enough

      orgasm?

      • straight arrow

        You have no idea ; D

  • RecoveR

    You could tell by the first shot this movie is going to be in 3D, the Halo jump will be insane, hopefully the use of 3D will enhance the size of Gozilla. i’m looking really forward to this! i don’t mind not seeing more of the actual creature, if i’m honest they showed more of him than i thought they would.

    • Norbert Korzus

      3D actually makes things look smaller, not enchance their size because the field of vision is smaller than on 2d. That means you see the smaller size of the screen sharp. What they should do is film it in imax 2d.

      • The Flobbit

        Yes, and the parallax between two large objects is diminished, which is why Del Toro did not want to make Pacific Rim in 3D.

    • Norbert Korzus

      3D actually makes things look smaller, not enchance their size because the field of vision is smaller than on 2d. That means you see the smaller size of the screen sharp. What they should do is film it in imax 2d.

  • scheebles

    That halo jump had some oomph to it… but I’m wondering how much of that is the music.

  • straight arrow

    Damnit! Now halo jump will be trending worldwide, blast you social networks!

  • The Destroyer

    Looks solid, I’m glad that it’s going to focus on a soldier, and not a nuclear scientist/biologist/whatever exactly Matthew Broderick was. That halo jump is impressive by itself. Looks like it was done with actual soldiers.

  • GrimReaper07

    Did not expect this trailer to be as good as it is

  • whiskey_river1

    Wow. Looks fantastic. That long shot of the paratroopers going through the clouds coupled with the music…WOW. Suberb moviemaking. Yeah, this actually looks pretty amazing.

    • mbmarquis69

      Great opening shot for the teaser. Implies this is going to be a pretty spectacular looking movie.

    • lordjim

      yeah, agree, but still i really hope they use music that was not written for 2001 in the finished movie, there is a lot of other great stuff by ligeti out there…

  • NICK НΛRT

    that was beautiful. couldn’t have asked for more. great sound design, great camera work, excellent use of the 2001 soundtrack, combine all that with a stellar cast and I think we have a winner here. yes, i definitely wanted to see more of the monster but as a teaser, this is one of the better ones i’ve seen in a while. can’t wait to see godzilla destroy my home town of san francisco and take out some monsters in the process!!

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Looks fucking great
    Can’t wait

  • Ozweego

    Looks like fun. However, I do wonder how they convinced 10 guys with nothing more then a parachute, smoke grenades and M16 to take on a city destroying monster.

    • mattinacan

      maybe they are there for search and rescue, or to tag Godzilla for an airstrike or something.

    • NICK НΛRT

      maybe they’re just a recon team? maybe this is just a teaser and the reason for doing that will be revealed in another trailer or the full film?

    • scheebles

      My guess is that it’s either a mission related to other monsters in the film (the “villainous” monsters) rather than Godzilla himself. That or it’s recon mission that develops into securing a weapon or something to fight back.

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  • derek

    Ill be seeing this.

  • Michael Balkin

    This will be high-level tasty.

  • Oolie zool

    well fuck, looks lika gojira, sounds like gojira, fucks shit up like gojira, i’m in.

  • alk

    actually that Halo jump intro was fantastic. i haven’t felt that IN THE MOMENT in a very long time….it really transported me, especially with ME knowing WHAT they were jumping onto…It must be even more chilling for unknowing audience members…they’ll be like WHAAAAA-what’s going on here? But i have to say, as soon as it got to earth and the shots of the other places…it lost me. didn’t care to see anything else…From an artistic standpoint, I would have cut after the initial descent sequence, to black- then godzila’s shreak, and open up to his face and that’s it. everything else felt very…tacked on and filler-ish?

  • Giovanni Luis Jiminez

    Cloverfield + Pacific Rim. Not complaining

    • mattinacan

      that makes no sense

      • Giovanni Luis Jiminez

        The dark realistic approach to the monster as well as the intense dramatic elements, the destruction, military and monster in the fog remind me of Cloverfield. However knowing Godzilla will be fighting other monsters ala the old Gojira movies gives me the Pacific Rim vibe with all the Kaiju. Im not saying its a bad thing I actually like both those movies so im excited for what they will do with this one.

      • Giovanni Luis Jiminez

        The dark realistic approach to the monster as well as the intense dramatic elements, the destruction, military and monster in the fog remind me of Cloverfield. However knowing Godzilla will be fighting other monsters ala the old Gojira movies gives me the Pacific Rim vibe with all the Kaiju. Im not saying its a bad thing I actually like both those movies so im excited for what they will do with this one.

      • NICK НΛRT

        yeah i think you have it backwards. maybe the style looks more modern than you are used to from old godzilla movies, but judging by your comment, you probably haven’t ever SEEN any old godzilla movies. this is where it all began bro, this is THE kaiju series that spawned all others

      • Giovanni Luis Jiminez

        I actually have seen the old japanese godzilla movies. They are all over Crackle and Netflix. I guess my point was realism of Cloverfield, monsters vs monster fight movie , Pacific Rim. Not trying to be a film historian here just saying as a fan of films the last few years this just reminds me of those most recent two films. Which I hope is a great marriage. Just my opinion. Cheers.

      • Guy

        I’m 56 years of age. I remember coming home from school every day to watch Five-o-clock ShowTime (a local TV show that aired B-grade science fiction/horror movies). The movie that stuck in my head (and still does to this day) was The Mysterians (1957). It had a Kaiju-like monster robot that wreaked havoc on Tokyo before the Asians from outer space landed (Mars needed women). It would be nice to see something that isn’t so westernized, or white-washed for once, where the story doesn’t revolve around Caucasians in jeopardy all the time. I just don’t think Hollywood knows how to make anything else. Then again, why would they?

      • Grayden

        Why doesn’t Bollywood make films centered around caucasians? Why doesn’t Japan, or China? It’s all about your market. Hollywood’s market is the U.S.A. which is predominantly caucasian.

        It also has to do with the notion that Americans aren’t cerebral enough to grasp anything too far out there. Dumbed down and basic is how to keep Americans entertained. Now, that doesn’t account for everyone, but the majority of moviegoers can’t handle anything too mentally taxing.

      • Giovanni Luis Jiminez

        I actually have seen the old japanese godzilla movies. They are all over Crackle and Netflix. I guess my point was realism of Cloverfield, monsters vs monster fight movie , Pacific Rim. Not trying to be a film historian here just saying as a fan of films the last few years this just reminds me of those most recent two films. Which I hope is a great marriage. Just my opinion. Cheers.

    • mattinacan

      that makes no sense

  • sense11

    That trailer was better then the entirety of the last Godzilla movie, looks amazing

  • Ian

    Some of the scenes shown here look great, especially that opening jump sequence and the smoke clouds following the paratroopers. And the silhouette of Godzilla in the smoke was an interesting choice, but I’d say a good one. Gonna need to see a bit more, but for a first trailer this was very well done.

  • Ian

    Some of the scenes shown here look great, especially that opening jump sequence and the smoke clouds following the paratroopers. And the silhouette of Godzilla in the smoke was an interesting choice, but I’d say a good one. Gonna need to see a bit more, but for a first trailer this was very well done.

  • Person

    This has to be one of the best teasers I’ve seen in years.

  • Person

    This has to be one of the best teasers I’ve seen in years.

  • IMPYEMU

    Looks like everything I wanted out of but didn’t get with Pacific Rim.

  • IMPYEMU

    Looks like everything I wanted out of but didn’t get with Pacific Rim.

    • mbmarquis69

      Agreed.

    • The Flobbit

      Pacific Rim and Godzilla will be covering a lot of the same ground, but Pacific Rim was just geared to being an awesome, rock-em-sock-em adventure, whereas this movie appears to be a great deal more dramatic, and higher in budget…

  • Giovanni Luis Jiminez

    Everyone go watch the teaser for the 98 Godzilla. That teaser was pretty epic too with the monster being hidden till the release of the film. I remember being excited and still not knowing what he looked like till Isaw the film in theatres. This will hopefully be good, but the Matthew Broderick Jean Reno version is like comfort food on a boring night. Niko tapopopulous lmao and who could forget Hank Azaria lol

    youtube.com/watch?v=pt6bMHUoE6I

    • mbmarquis69

      The monster making landfall in the 98 Godzilla was the best scene in the film (for its time). Even so, it was still more of a remake of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms than Godzilla.

      • http://thoughtsofaravingmaniac.blogspot.com Robert Anthony Rodriguez

        I don’t understand why people say that it was more like Beast From 20,000 Fathoms than Godzilla. It wasn’t anything like Godzilla, but it was definitely closer to that than it was to Beast.

    • Daniel O’Reilly

      The monster wasn’t quite hidden until the film’s release, if you remember. It was spoiled the day before by the toy line.

  • Giovanni Luis Jiminez

    Everyone go watch the teaser for the 98 Godzilla. That teaser was pretty epic too with the monster being hidden till the release of the film. I remember being excited and still not knowing what he looked like till Isaw the film in theatres. This will hopefully be good, but the Matthew Broderick Jean Reno version is like comfort food on a boring night. Niko tapopopulous lmao and who could forget Hank Azaria lol

    youtube.com/watch?v=pt6bMHUoE6I

  • henry

    omg that was f’ing amazing

  • henry

    omg that was f’ing amazing

  • Captain

    The teaser for the 97 godzilla was pretty amazing too. Wait to see the movie first!

  • Tim

    Great teaser! The whole edit was genuinely suspenseful–awesome use of sound design in particular.

  • Jamesy

    F*cking WOW…only thing is wish there was more shots of Godzilla, but I get it’s a teaser, it certainly done it’s job. Visuals look stunning and the use of music was incredible, that halo jump scene is genius. If the 3D is up to scratch this will look incredible in theatres. I’m kinda sick of the “threat to mankind” cities destroyed movies though if I’m honest, but its Godzilla so they go hand in hand. Bring it on.

  • Nate H

    Looks like it could be good. Hopefully better than the garbage that Matthew Broderick was in. Seems like it would be harder to make it realistic and logical in this day and age, though. I’m interested to see why they don’t just send in a small fleet of drones with powerful non-nuclear bombs to kill it (some of the ordnance we have these days is more than powerful enough). Unless Godzilla is an alien, pretending that it’s hide is somehow impervious to weapons that can pierce three feet of solid concrete or inches of titanium seems a little ridiculous. I only ask because they seem to be taking a realistic approach (as is the trend these days). But again – I haven’t seen it yet, so fingers crossed that it’s good.

  • Nate H

    Looks like it could be good. Hopefully better than the garbage that Matthew Broderick was in. Seems like it would be harder to make it realistic and logical in this day and age, though. I’m interested to see why they don’t just send in a small fleet of drones with powerful non-nuclear bombs to kill it (some of the ordnance we have these days is more than powerful enough). Unless Godzilla is an alien, pretending that it’s hide is somehow impervious to weapons that can pierce three feet of solid concrete or inches of titanium seems a little ridiculous. I only ask because they seem to be taking a realistic approach (as is the trend these days). But again – I haven’t seen it yet, so fingers crossed that it’s good.

  • Colin Christian

    That’s how you do it.ASTOUNDING! My jaw is on the floor.Incredible.

  • Colin Christian

    That’s how you do it.ASTOUNDING! My jaw is on the floor.Incredible.

  • hotrod20

    There was a good bit of Godzilla shown from the jumper’s point of view as they came closer to downtown San Francisco. It’s a teaser, it showed what it needed to show to get buzz…namely that Godzilla is back to looking the way he’s supposed to and not a giant iguana.

    I do prefer the other trailer that was out there with the “I have become death, the destroyer of worlds” voiceover by Oppenheimer, but this one I guess they had to show who was starring in it.

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  • Strong Enough

    Nice mixture of the trailer shown at comic con. i;m not mad

  • Redjester

    As a San Francisco resident, I find it hilarious that it seems to be almost a giventhat if you need a city to destroy for a movie, you have it set here.

    Anyway, film looks great!

  • CRUSH YOUR ENEMIES

    Love the scene of the mashed train with carnage all around. PG-13 or R???

  • http://whiterosebrian.tumblr.com/ White Rose Brian

    All I can say is that this trailer is promising. Just look at those scenes of the dark sky and the ravaged city (clearly drawing inspiration from the tragedy that inspired the original picture’s creation) and the beast in the fog! However, I am disappointed that this apparently isn’t the same trailer that played in San Diego in 2012.

  • Gojiro

    Good to see that they got the dude from Brother from Another Planet in this!

    • Guy

      Loved that movie. You don’t see many space people coming to the hood. Most tend to land in the Midwest.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    looks promising.
    Amazing cinematography. The guy behind the camera knows his job.

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    Where’s Ultraman when you need him?

  • KD

    Looks like the Godzilla I used to draw as a kid and what has been sorely lacking in recent attempts at this movie. I Like!

  • The Flobbit

    Can I ask what the hell those soldiers are intending to do?

    • ʝoe ßloggs

      Trying to sneak behind the beastie laddie.
      Pity the fools.

    • lordjim

      they have been sentenced to death by a movie director trying to provoke his main nonhuman actor.

  • crafty

    Legendary deliver the best blockbuster films. > Marvel

  • The Flobbit

    Stunning visuals, haunting imagery, brilliant cast, electrifying teaser… this looks absolutely spectacular.

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