The Future of Godzilla and its Inspiration As Godzilla fans all know, the popular franchise never ceases to surprise with its ever-evolving style and tone. With each new movie, the audience is given a unique view of the giant lizard-like behemoth and a new understanding of the world in which it inhabits. Recently, fans have had the opportunity to hear directly from director/screenwriter/producer Michael Dougherty, who is behind some of the latest additions to the series, including Godzilla: King of the Monsters and the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong. In a recent interview, Dougherty spoke about his approach to the now-iconic franchise and the inspiration for his interpretation. Dougherty revealed that he was inspired by the classic trilogy of Godzilla films from the 1970s and early 1980s. These films offered a unique take on the original 1954 film, depicting Godzilla as a kind of anti-hero who would rise up to protect the world against the fate of destruction. His goal for the new versions of the series was to maintain the same tone and feel of these earlier films. Furthermore, Dougherty believes that the stories in the franchise must reflect our current world. Each movie, he says, should provide commentary on the state of our planet and present a realistic view of the struggles, empowerment and emotions that it can evoke. In other words, Godzilla and the stories behind it should provide us with a glimpse into the human psyche and our ability to survive in this ever-changing world. In the end, Dougherty’s goal for the franchise is simply to entertain audiences and continue Godzilla’s legacy for years to come. He wants to use the behemoth as a metaphor for the struggles of mankind, and speaks of future storylines and adventures for the giant beast that explore different themes and situations. From Dougherty’s vision and comments, it is evident that Godzilla is here to stay and that fans old and new will be in for many more tremendous stories and thrilling action-packed films from the ever-evolving franchise.