Gyaos wrote:I have a very hard time imagining a "classic" Godzilla in an american film. A classic look is fine in a Toho Godzilla film, but thats not gonna fly here.
If you told me that Marvel was going to translate the ridiculous styles of Jack Kirby's comic book architecture on film for Thor
five years ago, I'd call you a fool. Same with FOX actually using classic yellow uniforms for the X-Men, considering they were horrified at how cheesy they would look and went for bland and standard issue "badass" black leather. The huge surge of fringe nerd characters who are translated basically perfectly from their sources and are completely faithful in both appearance and spirit to those sources shows that there isn't anything unreasonable about using a classic, untarnished Godzilla.
While that may be true about Batman, Godzilla's classic design is subject to the stereotype of being a man in a rubber suit, Batman isnt. Bringing in a classic design in a film isnt going to work.
And Batman was subject to the stereotypes of Adam West. The only thing that separates those costumes is colour and material.
Why do you think Michael Bay didnt make his Transformers identical to their G1 counterparts? Probably because the audience doesnt want to see blocky, clunky robots hence why we got the sleeker, more organic looking ones.
We aren't translating a 2D cell animation to a 3D construction with weight and gravity. We're bridging a gap between live effects and computer generated, but the gap isn't nearly as big.
You take a a "Dinosaurian" Godzilla (which is apparently more realistic. But this mindset is so bizarrely ass backwards it needs its own thread to explain why) and you just create a really detailed dinosaurian model. But then you have a classic
Godzilla model, but you make it breath, a heartbeat, you make it look thousands of years old, you give him ticks and twitches, you show the effects on an urban environment when he steps around, you give him and heart and a soul and personality and the "dinosaurian" Godzilla is more fake, despite being "text book" realistic.
Suspension of disbelief is more then just making it look like something out of a text book. If the audience doesn't believe that this creature is what we say he is, it doesn't matter how "fresh" or "more realistic" your design is. If you can ground it in the world in the ways above, an audience will buy it wholesale. And with that in mind, what is the point of changing the design then? change for the sake of change is pointless if it doesn't mean anything to anyone.