We know for certain we’ll be seeing Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghodorah in Legendry’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Other as-yet-unknown kaiju were teased in the latest trailer for the film, arriving in US theaters on May 31st, and fans have been fiercely debating who they might be. We caught a glimpse of a mountain seeming to come to life, leading some (including myself) to hypothesize it could be the giant turtle Gamera.
Truth: I assumed Toho had a monopoly on kaiju. I just took for granted Gamera was a member of their sizable stable of giant monsters. I thought I remembered seeing him fighting Godzilla, but I think that was just an episode of South Park. It turns out Gamera was created by a rival studio as a direct box office competitor to the Godzilla franchise. So, how does Gamera’s lack of affiliation with Toho affect the possibility of him popping up in Godzilla: King of the Monsters?
Not necessarily, but probably. In the video above, Mr. H explains how complex rights issues and non-compete clauses regarding shared properties likely put the kibosh on any Gamera collaboration. Still, it’s an interesting retrospective on the giant turtle and an enlightening discussion regarding the complexities of exclusivity contracts. After checking it out, you can peep the synopsis and trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters below.
“Members of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch 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.”
Directed by Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus’ Michael Dougherty, who co-wrote the film with Zach Shields, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, and Zhang Ziyi.