THREE GUYS AND… GODZILLA
series created by Marvin Mercer and Nick Stephenson
“GODZILLA: RANKING THE HEISEI ERA KAIJUS”
written by Dominick Cappello
If you want to check out the Showa Era list first…
GODZILLA: RANKING THE SHOWA ERA KAIJUS
Once again we’ll need to set some ground rules because we’re dealing with a mix of returning Kaijus and brand new ones. For any who don’t know, the franchise was rebooted in 1984 with “The Return of Godzilla,” which was reedited and released in the United States a year later as “Godzilla 1985.” A sequel to the original 1954 film, but which ignored the rest of the Showa series, so the entries in the Heisei series had new origins for all the classic Kaijus. I’ve deliberated and come to the conclusion that the 1990s versions of Mothra, Rodan, and Mechagodzilla weren’t quite different enough from how they appeared the first time around. Mechagodzilla was given a slight makeover, but was still the same basic concept of a robotic Godzilla. So, even though I appreciate these three legendary Kaijus, they won’t be appearing on the list for the sake of variety.
7. M.O.G.U.E.R.A., originally from Ishiro Honda’s “The Mysterians” (1957), was used in “Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla” (1994) as a replacement for Mechagodzilla.
6. Okay, the son of Godzilla was “Baby” in “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II” (1993), “Little Godzilla” in “Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla” (1994), & “Godzilla Jr.” in “Godzilla vs. Destoroyah” (1995). Unlike Manilla, we got to see him grow up and become the new Godzilla.
5. Mechaghidorah from “Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah” (1991). Ghidorah was given a new – somewhat convoluted – origin involving time travel, then was retrofitted so to vanquish Godzilla. A role reversal as the human characters are rooting for Ghidorah by the end of the film.
4. Battra from “Godzilla vs. Mothra” (1992). A scarier and more badass version of Mothra, who eventually joined forces with Mothra to defeat Godzilla.
3. Space Godzilla from “Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla” (1994). Astro Godzilla or Cosmic Godzilla would have been a better name, but he still looks cool. His crystal fortress reminded me of “The Monolith Monsters” (1957).
2. Biollante from “Godzilla vs. Biollante” (1989). A scientist mourning the loss of his daughter injects Godzilla’s DNA into a rose, creating a plant monster eerily similar to “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986).
1. Destoroyah from “Godzilla vs. Destoroyah” (1995). Paging Lord Cthulhu. Oxygen destroying parasites which evolve into xenomorph like creatures, which then combine to make this satanic looking monster. Intended to be Godzilla’s last ever opponent.