When Godzilla opened in May 2014, Gareth Edwards' modern reinvention of the classic cinematic monster arrived with huge expectations. Excellent trailers from San Diego Comic-Con had positioned the film as one of the most hotly anticipated of the summer, and there were already whispers that Warner Bros. was hoping to expand the Godzilla universe to include other giant monsters, including Pacific Rim's Kaiju and King Kong himself. If we're being completely honest, Godzilla was a bit of a letdown. Despite a great start and some smashing action sequences, the film was fairly disappointing in a number of aspects. Nonetheless, it was a box office hit, and set the groundwork for potentially better films in the near future. Kong: Skull Island will hit theaters in just a few weeks, and word is already spreading that not only is Jordan Vogt-Roberts' film a crowd-pleasing hit, but that it also features some direct hints at the upcoming showdown between Kong and Godzilla. But before that film debuts in 2020, everyone's favorite atomic monster will be getting another solo adventure. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is set for a March 23, 2019 release, and it's already shaping up to be a highly entertaining follow-up.
For starters, Michael Dougherty is directing the film, and if Krampus is any indication, he's going to deliver a greatly needed sense of fun to Godzilla. Secondly, we learned a few weeks ago that Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown will be leading the cast. Frankly, if that doesn't excite sci-fi fans, I don't know what will. This week, the news got even better, as Variety revealed that Kyle Chandler will be joining the cast. He'll be playing Bobby Brown's father, and as many have noted, it will be his third role in a major monster movie after Super 8 and Peter Jackson's King Kong. Chandler is one of the most consistent supporting actors in the game, always delivering a nuanced performance no matter what the role. As someone who wasn't all that enamored by Edwards' vision of Godzilla, I'm pretty excited for the future of this franchise. Skull Island looks great, King of the Monsters has the talent, and Godzilla vs. Kong has the potential to be one of the coolest showdowns in movie history. Cinematic universes are failing left and right, but Warner Bros. might be cooking up something special here.
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