Legion1979 wrote:OR (and this is VERY likely) it will turn some younger people into fans of Legandary's version of the character and not necessarily of the Toho version.
I guarantee you that two years from now we're going to be swamped with new members who think even Toho's newer Godzilla films are silly, campy, ridiculous, phoney poop compared to the dark, realistic, CGI version. That's not going to help the franchise as a whole, and I think it's very likely to happen.
I believe this could often be the case. OTOH, way down the road when Toho inevitably makes another small batch of Godzilla movies though they may be inspired to go the American route in terms of the tone, aesthetics, etc. It won't be just like LPG because budget wise it simply cannot, but in a small way it could end up being good for the franchise (the LPG, not the part about getting new LPG-only fans). The Showa movies are classics and never again will we have movies truly like that, so they might as well not even bother trying to make Godzilla movies Showa-esque again anyway. I prefer my Showa movies to remain Showa. Now I'd like to see some new movies made in that vein, but that's another discussion.