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Dr. Ishiro Serizawa was named after Ishirô Honda, director of Gojira (1954), and Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, one of its main characters.
Godzilla is covered in keloid scars. The original Gojira (1954) was heavily scarred to evoke the gruesome marks borne by the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.
The sound designers used a 12-foot high, 18-foot wide speaker array to blast Godzilla's roar at 100,000 watts to get a good idea of his vocal power and strength.
The United States Marine Corps declined to participate after reviewing the script. The United States Navy cooperated with production.
Godzilla was originally planned to be found preserved in a Siberian glacier. This was changed when the filmmakers saw that Man of Steel (2013) had a similar scene.
While shooting this film, cinematographer Seamus McGarvey accidentally went to a lakeside set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), which was shooting nearby and looked very similar to the set for this film. He described walking around with his light meter, not recognizing anyone, as a "surreal, dreamlike experience" until he realized his mistake.
The film contains 960 visual effects shots. The 3D model of Godzilla, made up of 500,000 polygons, appears in 327 shots. Had the graphics been designed on a single computer, it would have taken 450 years to render.
Released in 2014, the original film's 60th anniversary.
Toho Studios provided sound designer Erik Aadahl with the original 1954 recording of Godzilla's roar. He upgraded the roar to a more organic, contemporary sound.
The music in the background during the HALO jump is from György Ligeti's "Requiem" which was also used in the Monolith scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
In the Brody home in 2014 Janjira a terrarium can be seen with a roach crawling on it, labeled "Mothra."
According to Gareth Edwards, Godzilla's design is inspired by bears and Komodo dragons. In particular, his face is influenced by the heads of bears, dogs and eagles. Edwards said the eagle "has a lot of nobility. It made him feel very majestic and noble."
The MUTO design was inspired by King Kong (1933), Alien (1979), Jurassic Park (1993), and Starship Troopers (1997).
According to Bryan Cranston, Gareth Edwards was inspired by the shark film Jaws (1975). "The film does not immediately show the beast, but rather build up to its appearance while still delivering an eerie and terrifying off-screen presence." In homage to Jaws, the main protagonists have the name of Brody, after that film's protagonist.
For the 1950s scenes, cinematographer Seamus McGarvey wanted "a peeled look with muted colors and diffused highlights." He shot those scenes with vintage 1960s camera lenses, and had the shades of black in those scenes digitally tinted in magenta.
Gareth Edwards and the design group reviewed all the previous incarnations of Godzilla's design for inspiration on the final design. "The way I tried to view it was: imagine Godzilla was a real creature and someone from Toho saw him in the 1950s and ran back to the studio to make a movie about the creature and was trying their best to remember and draw it... and in our film you get to see him for real. It was important that this felt like a Toho Godzilla."
A 400-foot model of the Golden Gate Bridge, built at a ratio of 1:0.045, was built for the San Francisco sequence.
Guillermo del Toro was seriously considered to direct, but he was busy with Pacific Rim (2013).
Director Gareth Edwards described Godzilla as an anti-hero. "Godzilla is definitely a representation of the wrath of nature. The theme is man versus nature and Godzilla is certainly the nature side of it. You can't win that fight. Nature's always going to win and that's what the subtext of our movie is about. He's the punishment we deserve."
Andy Serkis provided consulting work on the film's motion capture sequences in order to "control the souls" of the creatures.
About 45 minutes into the movie, there's a scene of a party on a beach in Honolulu, and a little girl notices the ocean pulling back away from the shore very quickly and frothing bubbles on the water. She alerts her father, who tells the others to run from the oncoming tsunami formed by the arrival of Godzilla. In 2004, 10-year-old Tilly Smith learned about the warning signs of tsunamis at Danes Hill School in Oxshott, Surrey in the United Kingdom. Less than two weeks later, she used that knowledge to warn others of an oncoming tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, saving nearly a hundred foreign tourists at Maikhao Beach in Thailand.
Despite being the title character, Godzilla appears in the film after nearly 1 hour, and is only in the film for 8 minutes.
When the Janjira plant goes down, Ford Brody is attending a class about the life cycle of moths, completely with a moth that resembles Mothra (1961). Also seen in the classroom is a red pteranodon (that resembles Rodan (1956)) and a dinosaur skeleton (whose form resembles Gojira (1954)).
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen play husband and wife. They play brother and sister in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
In San Francisco, Ford Brody climbs aboard a boat labeled "Go Whale Tours." Godzilla's original Japanese name, "Gojira", is a combination of "Gorilla" and "Kujira," the Japanese word for "whale."
Retired Marine Sgt. Maj. James D. Dever, one of the film's military technical advisers, put Aaron Taylor-Johnson through a "mini-bootcamp" to "ensure he had good military bearing." Dever also helped stuntmen train for HALO (high-altitude, low-opening) jumps.
Juliette Binoche was convinced to star in this film after she received a letter from director Gareth Edwards.
Juliette Binoche, Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were all Gareth Edwards's first choice for their respective roles. According to Hawkins, "He comes from the performance first, rather than how it looks. I never expected I would be cast in a film like this - and that's all thanks to Gareth. His cast is really unusual and interesting and people you wouldn't normally see in this type of film, and I hope it makes for a different type of monster film."
The last collaboration for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures until Godzilla-Kong cinematic universe, Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and Godzilla vs. Kong (2020).
Originally Dr Serizawa was to introduce the titular monster as "Godzilla", but Ken Watanabe asked the filmmakers to use the original Japanese name of "Gojira".
Shortly before release, many Japanese fans began to complain that Godzilla was "too fat." Many American fans retaliated with anti-fat shaming comments. The cast was even asked about it during the Hollywood premiere. Most of them joked about the fiasco. Luckily, there have been reports of other Japanese fans defended the design, stating that Godzilla actually looks, "proportionate," explaining that he would need a big torso to hold up his own weight.
At the premiere of the film, some Toho executives and staff members were said to have broken down in joy at the portrayal of their property Godzilla in this film.
Legendary Pictures commissioned conceptual artwork of Godzilla, consistent with the Japanese design of the monster. The artwork was used in an augmented reality display produced by Talking Dog Studios. Every visitor to Comic-Con 2012 received a T-shirt illustrated with the concept art. When viewed by a web-cam at the Legendary Pictures booth, the image on-screen would spout radioactive breath and Godzilla's distinctive roar could be heard.
A surprise teaser trailer and poster were revealed at Comic-Con 2012. The trailer included a monologue by J. Robert Oppenheimer, a nuclear physicist who worked on the atom bomb, which in the Godzilla canon led to the creation of the monster.
According to Gareth Edwards, the team started with the original Godzilla scream, then altered it making 50 different versions of it, until finding the one scream that is used in the film.
The flagship of the task force is named "Saratoga", possibly after the World War II-era carrier that was sunk as a target during the nuclear bomb tests that are referenced in the film.
King Ghidorah was the antagonist in an early draft of the script, having crashed in the Arctic during the last Ice Age and being kept frozen in the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Depository (a cover by MONARCH), before escaping and fighting Godzilla in San Francisco. He was removed by Gareth Edwards, who felt that Ghidorah (being extraterrestrial) did not fit the film's "wrath of nature" theme, and to avoid similarities with the popular alien film Transformers (2007). Ghidorah will, however, appear in the sequel.
In the opening scene, Ken Watanabe is dressed as special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya. When he worked at Toho, Tsuburaya wore a hat, glasses and suit jacket every day.
The movie was so successful that two sequels were greenlighted only two days after the premiere of the film.
In the situation room on the Navy aircraft carrier, when Admiral Stenz is briefing Brody and other officers about the MUTOs and Godzilla heading to San Francisco, a display showing their trajectories identifies Godzilla as "Gojira."
The first and last human characters seen are the same, Dr Serizawa and Graham.
The U.S.S. Saratoga in the movie has 88 as its hull number. That hull number has not yet been used in the real-world navy, so this is a future Saratoga. An earlier real Saratoga, hull number 60, saw active service from 1956 to 1994. The first aircraft carrier named Saratoga was built before World War II, served in that war, and was intentionally sunk, along with several other retired navy ships, in the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb test that is shown in the early minutes of the movie. A photo of that first Saratoga is shown hanging on the bulkhead (wall) in one scene aboard the movie Saratoga.
The town in which the scene where Aaron Taylor-Johnson's character finds the nuclear missile on the train, is the same town that is used as Storybrooke in Once Upon a Time (2011).
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Henry Cavill, Scoot McNairy and Caleb Landry Jones were considered for the role of Lt Brody.
The IMAX Cross Check Optimisation Countdown preceding the 3D-IMAX presentations of the movie features sound effects from Godzilla himself (footsteps, breathing, and finally, his deafening roar), in place of the bumper's usual music/sound FX.
Haruo Nakajima, who portrayed Godzilla in a suit for the original Gojira (1954), stated that he immensely enjoyed the film.
The film takes place in 1954, 1999 and 2014.
At 355 feet tall, a full length of 550 feet 2 inches, and a weight of 90000 tons, this is the biggest and heaviest Godzilla that has ever been portrayed.
David Strathairn, who plays Admiral William Stenz, played J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist heading the creation of the first atomic bomb, on two occasions: in the TV-movie Day One (1989) and the American Experience (1988) documentary series.
This film originated from a proposed Godzilla film project by Yoshimitsu Banno (the director of 1971's Gojira tai Hedora (1971)), tentatively titled "Godzilla 3D to the MAX". In 2005, just months after the release of Gojira: Fainaru uôzu (2004), Banno obtained the rights from Toho to do a new Godzilla film at his Japan-based studio, Advanced Audiovisual Productions, in 3D-IMAX, exclusively for the American public. Toho would act as both technical advisers and distributors for the film in Japan. In it, Godzilla would battle a poisonous, shape-shifting monster called Deathla (a monster similar to Hedorah, only red/purple in color, and has a skull head), which awakened him from his slumber in Iguaçu Falls (between Brazil and Argentina). The battle between the two monsters progressively makes its way to Mexico City, and finally, Las Vegas. The story was over-the-top (partly to appeal to younger viewers), and was very strongly along the lines of Banno's "Smog Monster". To produce this film, Banno spent a few years searching for financiers to fund the film, which would be co-produced by Kenji Okuhira and Brian Rogers. (If made, veteran SPFX director Eiichi Asada would've handled the effects.) Eventually, in 2010, Banno struck a deal with Legendary Pictures, which took the project in a completely different direction, with Toho maintaining the same condition as before (technical advisers/distribution in Japan). As a result, both Banno and Okuhira ultimately became the executive producers of this film, with Rogers also as a producer.
While visualizing the HALO skydiving sequence, György Ligeti's Requiem played on Gareth Edwards' iPod. He felt the music fit so well that it ended up being in the final film.
Legendary Pictures filed a complaint for declaratory relief in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison had threatened to sue the production company for exercising its option to remove the producers from the movie. The complaint said that the trio's efforts had consisted of introducing a screenwriter and contributing notes that were not used.
Sally Hawkins joined the cast almost 3 weeks after filming started.
The first frame of the movie is a pictograph of Mishipeshu, the 'Great Water Lynx'. This pictograph can be viewed at Agawa Pictographs in Lake Superior Provincial Park, north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
The skydiving sequence is actually shot in real life by a team of professional skydive photographers, led by Norman Kent and Craig O'Brien.
First Godzilla movie to feature Oscar nominated actors (Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Ken Watanabe) since Nick Adams who starred in Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965). Adams was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Twilight of Honor (1963). And with Juliette Binoche, it is the first Godzilla film to feature an Academy Award winner. Bryan Cranston would later be nominated for the best actor Oscar in 2016.
Unusual vehicles seen in the opening minutes of the movie include the Nissan Figaro and Nissan S-Cargo, both from the the Nissan Pike design project and rare even for Japan, and a Mitsuoka Viewt - a Nissan March based car styled to look like a small Mark II Jaguar.
While the film did receive support from the Department of Defense, most of the support came from the U.S. Navy, and most of the U.S Army soldiers and equipment on the film were hired extras and rented vehicles. The Army did provide technical advisers to assist with the accuracy of the film, however.
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Globally, the movie performed relatively well at the box-office and with film critics. However in several countries, usually where the Godzilla franchise is not well known by the public, it under-performed in both areas and is regarded as a failure. Some movie fans speculate that this might be the result of Godzilla's (and, in general, monster movies') obscurity and/or unpopularity in these countries. Although Roland Emmerich's previous American adaptation of the franchise, Godzilla (1998), was seen as a box office bomb in the United States, it was a smash hit with audiences in certain international markets, so its success could have directly caused the failure of this movie. In a nutshell, audiences in certain countries wanted more of Emerich's version, with many people falsely thinking that his was the original Godzilla movie, and that Gareth Edwards' film is a badly made remake of it.
The song that plays when Serizawa sees Godzilla's dorsal spines protruding from the ocean and heading straight towards him, and when the soldiers shoot at Godzilla as he walks by is actually an update of Godzilla's theme song from Gojira tai Hedora (1971).
Gareth Edwards is a big fan of Godzilla, having watched the films as a child.
David Strathairn's character at one point says, "Too many secrets". That was the buzz line and anagram in the movie Sneakers (1992) in which he appeared as Irwin 'Whistler' Emery.
There are certain similarities between the reception of this movie and the franchise's previous American installment, Godzilla (1998): both have had significant second week drop-offs in their attendance (about 60% in the US) and when taking inflation into account, their box-office totals are also similar. Yet this movie is still regarded as a success due to its stronger opening, for being better received by most critics, and for revitalizing the Godzilla franchise for the fans, though not necessarily for the public. In comparison, the 1998 adaptation had a significantly weaker opening, its inflated budget and expansive marketing meant that it had overall less profit, and it was a merchandising disaster in the US, forgotten by the public and hated by fans. Interestingly, in some countries, these figures are reversed: the 1998 version became a success and built up a fan following, and this movie is the one that failed.
When Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) is showing Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) photographs from the hunt for Godzilla in 1954, a picture of the world's first nuclear powered submarine, the Nautilus, was shown. The Nautilus is also the iconic needle-nosed submarine from Jules Verne's classic tale '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'. Toho, the studio that released the original Gojira (1954), released Kaitei gunkan (1963)_, that featured a titular submarine that drew heavy influence from the design of the Nautilus.
A loon call is used in the scene in Hawaii when they find the Russian sub. Just prior to the loon call, a Jackson's Chameleon is seen, these are an introduced species in Hawaii, but loons are not.
David S. Goyer, Drew Pearce and Frank Darabont all did uncredited work on the screenplay prior to Max Borenstein's involvement.
One of the main criticisms of Godzilla (2014) was the lack of Godzilla himself, despite it having over 12 minutes of screen time (this is one of the highest amounts of screen times for Godzilla in a Godzilla movie). Many people criticized this "teasing" as boring and unfulfilling, while others praised its holding back of the monster as references to how the shark from Jaws (1975) was teased until the end.
A 400-feet stretch of the famous Golden Gate Bridge landmark was recreated at Kent Hangar Field (Vancouver), and surrounded by the inevitable green screen, allowing photographic panoramas of the San Francisco skyline to be added digitally. The same spot has been used as the 'Golden Gate Bridge' once before, in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011).
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Matthew Broderick played a scientist in Godzilla (1998) and was reportedly considered for the role of Walter White on Breaking Bad (2008) which was ultimately played by Bryan Cranston who also played a scientist in this Godzilla reboot.
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Godzilla first uses his atomic breath 100 minutes into the film.
This film was released in the United States by Warner Brothers beginning in May 2014. The only other Godzilla film they distributed was 55 years earlier, starting in May of 1959, when they released the second Godzilla feature under the title "Gigantis, The Fire Monster" (1959).
The last collaboration for Warner Bros. and Legendary until the MonsterVerse for the following films, Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and Godzilla vs. Kong (2020).
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Godzilla's first appearance on screen (a pan up from his feet to his head) is how he first appeared in Godzilla 1985 (1984).
Hilary Duff, Jennifer Lawrence, Aly Michalka, Imogen Poots, Margot Robbie, Emilia Clarke, and Emmy Rossum were considered for the role of Elle Brody.
This movie made more money than Pacific Rim (2013), and Godzilla (1998) worldwide.
2 major scenes were shot inside the newly rebuilt B.C. Place downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Adam S. Shen was cast to appear in the film as Carl Takahashi but it was officially denied by Xing Qun (Constellation) Agency on behalf of Shang, and subsequently removed.
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Gareth Edwards's second theatrical movie as a director.
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The film's budget was more than the 1998 film's entire domestic gross.
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The voice over speech by Admiral Stenz heard in the trailer is not present anywhere in the film.
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The first installment of the MonsterVerse.
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Most of the skydiving sequence is shot over Skydive Perris in California, except for the parts of the team exiting from the airplane (this is done in the Inyokern Desert, also California).
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BART is an acronym for Bay Area Rapid Transit. This is a subway and elevated heavy-rail public transportation system that has served the San Francisco Bay Area since 1972.
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This film was released 60 years after the original Godzilla (1954).
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Cameo 

Akira Takarada: An immigration officer. Takarada starred in the original Gojira (1954) and appeared in numerous sequels. His scene was cut from the theatrical release, but will appear in DVD.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The movie takes many plot elements with Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott's script for a 1994 American reboot, which never got made:
  • An opening segment set in the past during which one of the main character's parents is killed. The story then jumps ahead to the present time to show the surviving parent obsessed with solving the prior mysterious events.


  • Godzilla travels to San Francisco, destroying the Golden Gate Bridge.


  • Ancient enemies are reawakened.


  • Godzilla battles a flying monster, which he hunts to kill.


  • Godzilla blows his atomic breath into the enemy monster, decapitating it.


  • It ends with Godzilla returning to the sea.


According to Gareth Edwards, Godzilla is inspired by The Last Samurai (2003). "He's an ancient warrior who's the last of his kind, and his kind has long since died out. He lives a very solitary lonely existence and he's very happy to keep away from everyone, but we keep doing things to force him to return and put things right."
Brody never fires a shot from any of his firearms during the entire film.
The news report at the end of the film reads "King of the Monsters." This is a reference to the subtitle of the American version of the original film: Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956).
In the underground MUTO nest, after Lt. Brody opens the fuel valves on the tanker truck, the fuel pools over a sculpted head of a dragon. The head resembles that of King Ghidorah, one of Godzilla's arch rivals.
Many sequences in the trailers were different in the final film. For example, the shot of the shelter doors closing while Godzilla fights the flying monster showed only Godzilla in the trailer.
Quentin Tarantino admitted to crying during Juliette Binoche character's death scene, Tarantino stating it was "the first time I've ever cried during a 3D blockbuster."
T.J. Storm, who performed as Godzilla during the previsualization stages, wore a prosthetic tail and motion capture gear. Producers had also supplied a "Barney" suit for reference, but Storm refused to wear it. However, the head of the costume came to use when visualizing the segment wherein Godzilla kills the MUTO by shooting his atomic breath down its throat, with the Barney head and mouth doubling as the monster's.
According to Serizawa, Godzilla first appeared in 1954. The original film, Gojira (1954) was released in 1954.
This is the first American film where Godzilla is a heroic character, in keeping with his evolution from a villain to a hero in Japan.
Ken Watanabe's character mentions that Godzilla was awakened for the first time in 1954. This is an obvious reference to the original film, Gojira (1954), which was released in 1954.
When Brody and his dad are at their old house you can see on the fish tank the word "Mothra". Mothra was an old Godzilla villain that is a moth.
Godzilla being an ancient beast from a time when the conditions on Earth were severely inhospitable and his conflict with other monsters from the same time period references Godzilla Raids Again (1955).
As Godzilla walks to the shore at the end, his theme score from Gojira (1954) can be briefly heard.
Despite heavy marketing featuring the actor, Bryan Cranston has less than 30 minutes of screen time in Godzilla (2014)
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The Monarch organization is named after the Monarch butterfly. Its emblem features a butterfly-shaped symbol. This symbol is found on the helicopter in the beginning of the movie and can be spotted during the opening titles.

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