One of the campiest aspects of the original Mothra movies produced by Toho was the kaiju’s human “sisters”; while their exact connection to the winged mega-insect and abilities have always been ambiguous, hardcore Toho fans will no doubt be looking for these twin heralds/priestesses when Godzilla: King of the Monsters roars into theaters at the end of the month.
Production designer Scott Chambliss recently talked extensively with the folks at Forbes, and the Mothra Twins came up during the course of their interview. Here’s what Chambliss revealed:
“It’s pretty kitschy and also something that I love about those movies. I’m not gonna say any specifics, but hopefully, people who are expecting to see the twins will be pleased with what they see in our movie,” he said, adding with a laugh that everyone on the design crew was “over-saturated with Godzilla movies” by the time they’d finished their research.
Of course, some uber-fans believe the Mothra twins already made a cameo in 2014’s Godzilla. Check out the screenshot below (and bust out a magnifying glass) to see if you agree.
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.
This film has been rated PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language. Look for Godzilla: King of the Monsters to demolish US box offices beginning May 31st.