Part of the early marketing campaign for Pacific Rim was about putting the giant monsters (kaiju) in the context of news reports. For those unfamiliar with the film, kaiju come out of a portal in the Pacific Rim, and start destroying Earth. Humanity responds by creating giant robots called “jaegers” to fight the kaiju. Today, a new image has been released in the “news broadcast” style, and it shows off a gigantic footprint. That means a kaiju is either on the loose, or that Clifford is out for a stroll. Either way, it’s terrifying.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman. Pacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th. [Update: WB has released more new images featuring a goopy, kaiju blood-soaked hand and the kaiju clean-up effort.]
Here’s the official synopsis for Pacific Rim:
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.