Trivia: Godzilla (2014)


  • Actor Allusion: The censored-out bit of Bryan Cranston's credit refers to a "Walter Malcolm", and for a split second, while the credit is being whited out, the only things visible are Cranston's name and the words "Walter" and "White".
  • Approval of God: After the early screening for Toho, they loved the film. At the premiere, they showed their appreciation by crying with joy and smiling with happiness, as well as marketing it as a legit Godzilla movie and asking Bandai to get Monster Arts to make toys for it. Both Haruo Nakajima and Kenpachiro Satsuma also greatly enjoyed this film, compared to Satsuma's furious walk-out during the 1998 film.
    • A PS3 game has been recently confirmed with the 2014 Godzilla facing off the Heisei Godzilla, and a ton of merchandise to go along with it that toys aren't immune. There even a statue that plays the film's soundtrack with glowing spines and "atomic breath" effect. Approval of God indeed.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Gareth Edwards stated in an interview that when he went looking for special effects artists, casts and crew, reception was cool... until he revealed that he was doing Godzilla, at which point the formerly cautious recruits jumped in eagerly.
  • Backed by the Pentagon: The Department of Defense served as advisers for the portrayal of the Navy while also providing ships and aircraft for use in filming. The DoD wanted the Navy in particular to be used for the film because they had relatively little presence in films of the previous decade compared to the Army and Air Force. It was reportedly a tricky balancing act between portraying the military in a heroic manner and showing them as largely useless against the Nigh Invulnerable monsters they face. This article also describes some of the behind the scenes things that took place for this film.
    • Notably, military vehicles have no positive effect on the monsters and sometimes a detrimental one to humans (Godzilla taking out the Golden Gate Bridge can be directly attributed to the Navy ships firing on it, the helicopter attack in Hawaii only succeeds in destroying several passenger jets in a crash), but military personnel on foot do make successful strikes or delaying actions.
  • Billing Displacement: Juliette Binoche is billed fourth in the opening credits, despite having less than ten minutes of screentime. Also, she plays the first named character to die.
  • Colbert Bump: The vast amounts of publicity and attention that this movie is garnering has had the positive side effect of getting older Godzilla films rereleased, along with other related properties such as Gamera...
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: While news outlets talking about the film can be forgiven for thinking the flying monster might have been Rodan or Mothra based on the brief glimpses of it in early previews, it became less forgivable when later previews and film crew interviews made it clear that it was a new monster called a Muto. This article in particular not only misidentifies the Muto as Mothra despite including much clearer shots from the final trailer that show it very much isn't, but also characterizes Mothra as Godzilla's Arch-Enemy. Not only is King Ghidorah Godzilla's real Arch-Enemy, but Mothra has been an ally of Godzilla more often than an enemy.
  • Development Gag: There is one scene where Las Vegas gets attacked by a MUTO. Las Vegas was going to be the primary setting of Godzilla 3D to the Max, the IMAX 3D short film project that was gradually repurposed into this feature-length film.
  • Development Hell: The IMAX special Godzilla: 3D to the Max resided in development hell mostly because the people behind the film couldn't garner any money to actually produce it. It has later been officially cancelled, and, with Legendary Pictures acquiring the license, reworked into this film.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Vishnu" for the giant centipede in the teaser trailer, named after the part of the Oppenheimer quote that plays over its shot in the teaser trailer. A rumor on the internet was that Talaghan was its official name, but this was proven untrue.
    • While the Mutos aren't given names in the film, fans refer to the male one as "Hokmuto" (for being discovered in Hokkaido) and refer the female one as "Femuto" (for obvious reasons) based on script rumors.
  • Fake Nationality: Averted. Alongside Serizawa, the power plant workers, Ford Brody's teacher, the teenage Yanki boy, his parents, and the boy (who Ford Brody bonds with in the train scenes) and his parents are all actually Japanese. Played straight with Aaron Taylor-Johnson himself, who is from England.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!
  • It Will Never Catch On: Forbes contributor John Furrier wrote an article predicting that Godzilla would be the biggest flop of 2014 (and Guardians of the Galaxy the third biggest flop). Yeah, the $500 million in box office results disagree with that prediction...
  • Milestone Celebration: Released 60 years after the original film (though it's 6 months too early to be an exact anniversary). The months before the movie came out saw a promotional toy fair that featured models of the numerous designs of Godzilla and other monsters over the course of the franchise, along with a limited theatrical run of the original 1954 film.
  • Name's the Same: The Mutos mustn't be mistaken for relatives of Dr Muto.
    • Joe Brody shares his name with one of the gangsters from The Big Sleep.
  • Newbie Boom: The very effective trailers managed to bring many more people into the Godzilla fandom before the movie itself even came out. Gareth Edwards has frequently noted that it has also brought people back into the fandom from having previously been "closet fans" before; he has been pleasantly surprised by all the unexpected people hearing about what project he is doing and telling him something along the lines of "I like Godzilla. Don't fuck it up."
  • Promoted Fanboy: Gareth Edwards first became a Godzilla fan watching The Godzilla Power Hour as a kid in The '70s and The '80s before going on to watch the films themselves. He then went on to direct this very film and has frequently talked about how blindsided he was that only his second film foray, following Monsters, is an old dream come true.
  • Preview Piggybacking: Screenings for the film also included the second trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.
  • Revival by Commercialization: Gyorgy Ligeti's "Requiem" was put back on the map by its use in trailers and ads for this movie.
  • Sequel Gap: 10 years between Godzilla Final Wars (2004) and this movie.
  • Sleeper Hit: Despite the massive success on opening weekend, this film legitimately shocked movie analysts and ticket number trackers, expecting the movie, based on social media hype and overall production budget, to only do around 70 million dollars domestically on opening weekend. Instead it did 93 million dollars on opening weekend, beating out The Amazing Spiderman 2, and just second behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier as one of the highest openings of the year so far. Made all the more impressive due to the character's dormant status for 10 years after Godzilla Final Wars) and the critical thrashing of the 1998 film.
    • The movie also did much better in China than expected. Analysts initially worried that the movie would bomb there due to Godzilla's well-known Japanese heritage combined with both the historical tensions between China and Japan along with their ongoing maritime territory disputes around the time the movie came out. China ended up being the second-biggest box office market for the movie behind the United States.
  • Troper Critical Mass: Thanks to how excited people got after the first official teaser trailer, the movie ended up with over 100 wicks before the second trailer was released.
  • Viral Marketing: A website titled Godzilla Encounter was set up with pictures and updates referring to Godzilla. Some of the words in each article were highlighted in red to eventually spell SERIZAWA (the name of a character in the movie and the doctor who created the Oxygen Destroyer in the first film).
    • Another site titled M.U.T.O. has two hidden videos that can be "unlocked", as well let a fan input almost every word or term that has any ties to the franchise to get some interesting results.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • It was rumored that Guillermo del Toro was approached by Legendary Pictures to direct, though these rumors have since been debunked. Considering that the man has worked on a similar project... What Could Have Been, indeed.
    • The project started off in 2004, in the months before the release of Godzilla Final Wars, as an IMAX 3D short film remake of Godzilla vs. Hedorah tentatively called Godzilla 3D to the Max that even had Yoshimitsu Banno as director at the time. Over the course of 2007-2009, the project eventually morphed into a feature-length film under the aegis of Legendary Pictures.
    • Godzilla was originally planned to be found preserved in a Siberian glacier, like in the script for Godzilla 1994. This was changed when the film team heard that Man of Steel had a very similar scene with the discovery of the Fortress of Solitude, in a case of pre-production Derivative Differentiation.
    • The trailer with Oppenheimer speaking featured a few scenes of destruction cut and showed a huge, multi-armed roller kaiju, apparently dead. It's not seen in the movie.
    • That creature was revealed to be a placeholder. However, these two monster were revealed to have almost been the creatures Godzilla fought. The idea was a multi-limbed creature and a flier, which eventually became the MUTOS.
    • The "Art of Destruction" book included concept art of a dogfight between the Male MUTO and some fighter jets.
    • It also included an idea of the original script which was that the Male MUTO was presumably killed during the Hawaii fight but was actually cocooning and growing wings.
    • The cinematographers originally planned for the scene with Joe Brody's interrogation and outburst at the MONARCH facility to be shot using several elaborate camera angles and cuts. Bryan Cranston did such a good job with the first rehearsal take that they decided to just use that one and scrap their previous plans.
    • There were apparently several attempts to keep Joe Brody alive in the script.