The newly announced Godzilla vs. Kong director, Adam Wingard, has wasted no time nerding out with fans over the Godzilla series on Twitter. He immediately initiated a poll taking bets on who would win in a fight, Godzilla or Kong. (Godzilla leads Kong, 65% to 35% with 10 hours remaining. You can vote here.) After he started the poll he engaged fans in conversation over the Godzilla series, praising film historian David Kalat's excellent book (A Critical Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series), talking about series highlights and listing his favorite films in the franchise.
Wingard's list is a diverse collection of films, highlighting some usual fan favorites. Before introducing the list he made no mystery of his favorite era, exclaiming, “Showa era all the way!” His top five films include:
1. Godzilla (1954)
2. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
3. Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965)
4. Destroy All Monsters (1968)
5. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
Appropriately, the late Ishiro Honda, the director who started it all, dominates Wingard's list with three films. (Godzilla, Monster Zero and Destroy All Monsters) Wingard even clarified he went with the “Monster Zero” alternate title over “Astro-Monster” because it's, “a cooler title than Astro-Monster.” (This author, who lists Monster Zero as his numero uno, agrees completely.) He also added Destroy All Monsters was his favorite film title of the series.
Outside of his top five list, Wingard gushed over Shin Godzilla (2016) and the 1984 suit, claiming the latter, “personifies” Godzilla.
When asked if he enjoyed the film he'll essentially be remaking, Wingard admitted he enjoyed it but was bothered by one behind-the-scenes aspect.
Wingard was received with open arms on Twitter and blown away by the interactions. He enjoyed communicating with the fanbase and admitted as much—The feeling was mutual. Hopefully the fun will continue over the next three years leading to Godzilla vs. Kong. We hope to speak with you a lot more during that time Mr. Wingard!
Adam Wingard's Official Twitter
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