Back in 1998, writer and director Roland Emmerich reimagined Godzilla as a marine iguana exposed to radiation due to the French nuclear tests conducted around that time (the one that earned the French Prime Minister of the time the nickname F**k Chirac). As a result, the iguana grows uncontrollably, ultimately becoming a massive reptilian monster with no special powers but the ability to lay eggs - this implies that the monster was a female. The traditional depictions of the famous "kaiju" don't go into such detail about the protagonist, yet the English title of some of its movies speak of a "king" (the 1956 appearance of the monster on the silver screen is called "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!"), so we can conclude that it's a "he" we're talking about. Not that it would be important. Unless, of course...
Hollywood has a strange habit of re-telling stories by switching the gender of the protagonists. Movies like the new Ghostbusters and Ocean's Eight are, in fact, franchises reimagined with a female cast, and even Doctor Frank-n-Furter from the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", played by the amazing Tim Curry, has been replaced with Laverne Cox. And rumors say that the next Indiana Jones may be female (although this card has already been played back in 1999 with the TV series "Relic Hunter" starring Tia Carrere, and there are voices speaking of the possibility of an actress taking on the role of 007 in a future movie happening in the James Bond universe.
Back to Godzilla, though. Come to think of it, the monster's gender is pretty much irrelevant in all stories it has been involved in. After all, no plot was built around the monster laying eggs and unleashing destruction in the form of smaller-scale but equally fierce and radioactive monsters upon humanity. Actually, there is no word on anyone even considering a story about the private life of the King of Monsters. Yet if he was a she, it would be interesting to see where the story might go.
Let's turn back to the 1998 "Godzilla" for a while. It may not have anything in common with the traditional depictions of the famous monster but it does come with an interesting premise. After all, Godzilla almost always returns as a response to a major threat (albeit it seems hard to imagine how a mechanical King Kong made its Zilla-senses tingle). But what if there was a story where the King awakened alongside with his Queen, deciding to stay for a change and establish a family? After all, the numerous nuclear silos, submarines, and power plants would serve as a more than abundant food supply for their needs...
While such a story is entirely against the Godzilla canon, it would surely be an interesting development of the story, don't you think?
More about upcoming Godzilla movies
Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters is the sequel to Gareth Edwards' Godzilla (2014) and is being directed by Michael Dougherty. The film will introduce Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah and more monsters to the Warner Brothers / Legendary Monsterverse cinematic universe. For information on Godzilla 2's cast, plot, release date and to download the film's official movie posters, please visit the Godzilla: King of the Monsters about page here!
Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) is the sequel to Michael Dougherty's Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters and will be the fourth and final installment in the Monsterverse movie quadrilogy. It will also bridge both the Godzilla movies and Kong: Skull Island by bringing Godzilla and Kong face-to-face for an epic match-up. To learn more about Godzilla vs. Kong, check out the Godzilla vs. Kong about page here!
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