Godzilla: King Of Monsters Aims To Put The “God” Back In “Godzilla”

Fans at Wondercon were treated to an extended look at Godzilla: King of the Monsters, featuring the awakening of King Gidorah from his icy prison as Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobbie Brown look on from the relative safety of a military base. As Gidorah breaks out, he uses his lightning breath to obliterate soldiers–just in time for Godzilla to arrive on the scene.

Of course, the footage cuts before the two can actually clash–but not before Gidorah gets to strike an incredibly iconic pose with his wings and three heads splayed for full effect–and, trust us, it looks and sounds absolutely amazing. Even for someone not completely steeped in vintage Toho lore, there will always be something awe-inspiring about a giant, golden, three-headed dragon in any context at all, let alone facing off against the world’s most famous reptile.

The context of the scene made it look like Godzilla was coming to the rescue of the humans, but director Michael Doughtery explained that the everyone’s favorite kaiju’s morality is not so easily distilled into good and evil.

“Godzilla is a god, right? He’s not good or bad. I think the big question is are we–as in the humans–good guys or bad guys? And that will affect how Godzilla reacts to us on any given day. The final shot we see of Gidorah on a volcano? The genesis of that moment is actually the Book of Revelations. We really wanted to put the ‘god’ back into Godzilla with this movie.”

Doughtery continued, “We wanted to treat them with the reverence we think they deserve. Mothra isn’t just a giant moth, she’s a goddess. That’s how I always saw them growing up–not as puppets, but as deities.”

Speaking of puppets–the classic, practical monsters are definitely a thing of the past. The creatures here in Godzilla: King of the Monsters are motion captured, which was an important part of their development according to Doughtery. “Gidorah’s three heads had to have their own personalities. When we were doing motion capture, we took three separate actors and bound them together as one creature. It was like a modern day version of the man-in-a-suit process.”

The visual effects aren’t the only thing that got a major update–the kaiju sound effects were also heavily considered. “I think the creatures are like musical instruments, they have very particular noises, screeches, roars. We worked really closely with the sound designers,” Doughtery explained. “We went out and recorded wild animals–turtles, even. Turns out turtles make really amazing noises. Rattlesnakes, vultures, owls–they have to sound like themselves.”

The majesty of the kaiju is all in service to a very human story, Doughtery assured. The monsters are the star of the show, but the movie is actually going to focus on a family. “A lot of it is about a family who survived the first Godzilla attack, so this is about how they cope with trauma and also giant monsters.” He laughed. “We used to call this movie Kramer vs Kramer vs Godzilla, but Warner didn’t like that too much.”

Despite the tragic loss of that amazing gag title, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is more than ready to bring the thunder to theaters this May 31.

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New “Annabelle Comes Homes” Trailer Shows Why You Shouldn’t Play With (Haunted) Dolls

The iconic Chucky–next set to be played by Mark Hamill–wasn’t the only haunted doll that made an appearance during this year’s WonderCon. Warner Bros. dropped the new trailer for the next Annabelle movie, Annabelle Comes Home, during its panel at the convention in Anaheim, California.

Watch it below to see what’s new in the third Annabelle movie, the latest chapter of the connected Conjuring universe to be revealed:

In the trailer, a friend of the Judy Warren’s (Ed and Lorraine’s daughter) very unwisely disturbs the ghost-busting duo’s private hoard of spooky nicknacks, and the results go about as well as you’d expect.

Annabelle Comes Homes is the third movie starring the Annabelle doll as its main antagonist, although she’s also made appearances in other Conjuring universe movies–and beyond. Other than what’s in the trailer above, we don’t know a ton of details about Annabelle Comes Home, besides that Gary Dauberman (writer of the previous two Annabelle films, as well as the upcoming It: Chapter Two) is directing, James Wan is producing (as always), and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson reprise their roles as the Warrens.

Annabelle Comes Home hits theaters June 28.

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Child’s Play Casts Mark Hamill As Chucky

There’s one more iconic character for Mark Hamill to add to his resume. The man behind Luke Skywalker, Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, and a long list of other heroes and villains has found his next role as the murderous Chucky doll in the remake of the horror film Child’s Play.

The news was revealed during the Child’s Play WonderCon panel, via a pre-recorded video from Hamill, in which he talked about his excitement to take on the psychopathic toy. The casting was even news to the movie’s other cast members, who were only told of his joining the project just before they walked on stage. Aubrey Plaza, who stars in the movie, joked that she willed this into happening by killing Chucky with a lightsaber during filming.

As for Hamill’s role in Child’s Play, he’s still recording dialogue, producer Seth Grahame-Smith hinted. “To have an icon reimagining an iconic character is an incredible gift,” the producer said. “He’s taken on this challenge with a huge amount of energy and really come at it in a serious way.” The actor himself teased this news was coming in a tweet a day before the official reveal.

Of course, this is far from Hamill’s first voice work. In addition to his aforementioned Batman: The Animated Series turn as the Joker, he’s done voices for TV shows like SWAT Kats, Adventure Time, and Ultimate Spider-Man.

The panel also included some new footage from Child’s Play, which featured a young boy (Gabriel Bateman) trying to convince his mom (Plaza) that his toy doll had come to life and was, in fact, a murderer. Of course, if you know anything about the Child’s Play franchise, you should be able to guess that was followed by a lot of carnage as Chucky tried to kill the mom and her son.

Child’s Play also stars Bryan Tyree Henry and Tim Matheson. It hits theaters on June 21.

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PAX East 2019: Exclusive Trailer For Stylish 2.5D Stealth Game, Liberated

Atomic Wolf, the indie developer behind the Bomberman-like Mad Age & This Guy, has given us a first look at a new title called Liberated during PAX East 2019. In stark contrast to the studio’s previous effort, Liberated is a stylish, narrative-driven 2.5D stealth game inspired by noir films and graphic novels.

Set in a bleak, dystopian future where the government is using technology to surveil and manipulate the public, Liberated tells the story of a group of characters who cross paths with the authoritarian police force and a violent opposition group fighting against it. The narrative is framed like a graphic novel; the game is divided up into four chapters, which are presented as four comic book issues, with story and gameplay sequences unfolding across different panels.

Throughout the course of the game, players will be faced with choices that will affect how the story is shaped and lead to entirely different endings. Among other things, players must choose whether to cooperate with the government or the opposition group. As the story unfolds, however, you’ll realize the decision isn’t as black-and-white as it may initially appear, and every choice you make will carry a consequence.

You can watch an exclusive trailer for Liberated at the top of this story. We’ve also captured more than 10 minutes of gameplay footage at PAX East; in the video above, you can watch Atomic Wolf play through a portion of the game’s first chapter, which follows a hacker who was discovered by the police.

Liberated is slated to launch on Steam later this year. Following its PC release, Atomic Wolf is also planning to bring the game to PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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Arrow’s Emily Bett Rickards Is Leaving The Series Early – Report

When Arrow ends next season, it will already have lost one of its primary players. Emily Bett Rickards, who has played Felicity Smoak since Season 1, is reportedly leaving the series at the end of Season 7.

Rickards made the announcement herself on Instagram, writing, “Felicity and I are a very tight two. But after one through seven, we will be saying goodbye to you.” That will leave the final 10-episode of Season 8 without the character, who also happens to be Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) wife, mother of his child, and–essentially–the brains of the Team Arrow operation.

What remains to be seen is how Felicity will exit the series. Throughout Season 7, a flash-forward storyline has shown she’s still alive years from now, operating under the Calculator moniker her father once used. It’s entirely possible that she and her soon-to-be-born child will go into hiding ahead of Season 8, as the Green Arrow prepares for his last stand.

Hopefully, the final 10 episodes of the series will spend a little time dealing with the various characters coping with losing Felicity, regardless of the cause. Given her status as a member of the original Team Arrow, and the incredibly valuable role she plays in the current team’s operations, her presence will be missed.

Whatever the case, cherish the moments you have, Felicity fans. Her time on Arrow is coming to a close soon. Arrow airs Mondays on The CW.

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PAX East 2019: Why Monster Hunter-Like Dauntless Is Coming To Epic Games Store Instead Of Steam

Earlier this year, Dauntless developer Phoenix Labs announced it is moving the free-to-play Monster Hunter-like RPG from its own launcher to the Epic Games Store, joining a string of other high-profile games that are skipping Steam for Epic’s new storefront. According to the studio, one of the primary reasons behind the move was Epic’s player-focused philosophy and its experience in offering cross-play and cross-progression between different platforms.

“One of the things that we’re passionate about at Phoenix Labs–and was a part of our vision even before we had chosen to build Dauntless–was finding a way to allow players to play together,” Phoenix Labs co-founder and VP Robin Mayne told GameSpot at PAX East 2019. “And so a part of our strategy for Dauntless has been worldwide servers so you can play with anyone wherever they are.

“And then as we thought about our platform expansion, it was really important for us to fulfill our vision of one Dauntless, which is the ability to play with your friends no matter what platform they are on and no matter where they are. So working with Epic on the Unreal Engine and getting to chat with them about their vision for players as well, we realized it was a really big alignment with our vision for one Dauntless and being able to have people play together, and the ability to come to the Epic Games Store, plus Xbox and PlayStation, and be able to do cross-play so that everyone can play together.”

Mayne also reiterated that Phoenix Labs plans to allow players to play with those on other platforms right from the game’s console launch. “Our plan is full cross-play, full cross-progression, so you have your account that you play on, and you can play with anyone regardless of what platforms they are on. The launch this summer focuses on Epic Games Store, Xbox, and PlayStation. We have Switch in the works as well, and plans for mobile along the way.”

While Phoenix Labs has ambitious cross-play plans for Dauntless, it will ultimately depend on Sony, which has only recently begun taking its first steps into cross-play. For years, the company was reluctant to allow PS4 players to play with those other platforms until it finally made the exception for Epic’s phenomenally popular battle royale game, Fortnite. Since then, however, Sony has only allowed cross-play in one other PS4 game: Rocket League. Microsoft, meanwhile, has been much more welcoming of cross-play and has long pushed for Sony to reconsider its stance.

Dauntless is available now in open beta on PC, with a PS4 and Xbox One launch slated for this summer. We got a chance to play the game with Phoenix Labs at PAX East; in the video above, you can watch us team up with the developers to take down a new ice-themed Behemoth called Boreus. Unlike other monsters thus far, Boreus is able to summon minions, making for a chaotic fight.

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