Michael Dougherty and Ken Watanabe on ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ & the Essential ‘Godzilla’ Movies

     May 30, 2019

Long live the king. The world’s most beloved Kaiju are back at it once again in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the follow-up to 2014’s Godzilla from writer/director Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat), who conjured up one of the most spectacular monster spectacles in cinema history with his epic battle of big beasties. The film puts Godzilla, Ghidorah, and Mothra up against each other in some of the most impressive kaiju action ever captured on screen, and brings back a few familiar faces, foremost among them Ken Watanabe‘s Dr. Ishiro Serizawa.

With King of the Monsters in theaters this weekend, I recently sat down for a quick interview with Dougherty and Watanabe to discuss the epic monster sequel. They talked about bringing the monsters’ personalities to life and what it was like using three mo-cap actors to get Ghidorah right, Serizawa’s relationship with the monsters in the film, three essential Godzilla films to watch, and Dougherty was told any particular monsters were off the table by the studio.


Image via Warner Bros

Watch what they had to say in the video above and for more on King of the Monsters, be check out the links below, followed by the official synopsis.

Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.


The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

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