Brian Solomon, author of Godzilla FAQ, sat down with Fox News to discuss the godzilla character with the new release of Toho Films, Shin Godzilla. He briefly shares his thoughts on the character plus more.
The latest release of Godzilla by Toho Films is its first since 2004. That film, Godzilla: Final Wars, was intended to retire the character for at least a decade. Since then there have been 28 versions over the course of 62 years. This 2016 release, Shin Godzilla, hones in on the essence of the horrifying character that was created with the initial release in 1954.
The film is kind of not looking to remake that because it’s not a remake of the plot, but they’re looking to recapture that horror and kind of reinvent the character.
Brian was the perfect person to explaining the character and popularity surrounding it since he discusses Godzilla further in his upcoming release, Godzilla FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the King of Monsters. The book will explore the many facets of the monumental, fire-breathing radioactive lizard that has roared his way into our hearts over a 60-year reign of terror. But more than just a movie monster, he has become a pop-culture avatar, pervading our consciousness as few fictional creations have. Now, Godzilla FAQ take readers on a headlong dive into the depths of this unstoppable cinematic force of nature.
When asked if the Godzilla character was a metaphor to the United States, Brian shared how there were some parallels.
I enjoy the parallel of seeing Godzilla as a symbol of something else.
Godzilla FAQ will be released May 23, 2017. To preorder the book, click here.
Listen to the Fox News interview in its entirety here.
Brian Solomon is a former editor and writer for WWE, having worked on such publications as WWE, Raw, and SmackDown!, which he launched during his surreal seven-year tenure with the company. He is the author of WWE Legends, Pro Wrestling FAQ, and has also contributed to Pro Wrestling Illustrated. He speaks publicly on his experience in the business as part of New York’s acclaimed Kevin Geeks Out series.
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