What ‘Godzilla’ Should Learn From ‘The Dark Knight’

Gareth Edwards, the man tasked with resurrecting “Godzilla” for U.S. audience, recently spoke with Total Film (via ComingSoon) about his formidable task. Though the teaser footage unleashed at San Diego Comic-Con in July largely wowed Hall H, the actual film will be the real test of Edwards’ concept, which will rely on a more realistic approach.

“I’ve always been interested in Godzilla and the ideas around him. I really wanted to see another Godzilla film and jumped at the opportunity,” Edwards told Total Film. “My main idea was to imagine ’If this really happened, what would it be like?’ I want to take a grounded, realistic approach to a Godzilla film.”

Considering Edwards’ quote, the script co-written by David S. Goyer, and Legendary’s role, it’s not difficult to draw parallels to Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy, and if a reboot along those lines is what’s in store for Godzilla, we have a few helpful tips.

Focus on the People
Nolan’s Batman films were never solely about the cultural icon at their core. It was always more about Bruce Wayne and his relationship to Batman than it ever was about a man in a mask and black cape. Those movies were more about why a man would do what Wayne does, and that kind of logical approach seems to be reflected in Edwards’ approach to Godzilla.

Go Back to the Source Material
Most people remember Godzilla as a man in a suit that fought a never-ending line-up of other men in monster suits, but Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 film had roots in the real-life nuclear fallout of post-World War II Japan. Instead of focusing on the monsters, Edwards’ “Godzilla,” as the teaser has already hinted, should tell a story about the kind of society that creates a radioactive giant lizard and what happens as a result.

Remember What Made Your Previous Movies Great
If you haven’t seen “Monsters,” the movie that won Edwards the “Godzilla” gig, you need to do so now, because it is proof positive that this movie is in the right hands. What made Nolan’s Batman movies great is, in a lot of ways, what made “Following,” “Memento,” and “Insomnia” great. They were dark, twisted, and exciting, but they always told a compelling story about people. The same can be said about “Monsters.”

“Godzilla” is scheduled to open on May 16, 2014.