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Zilla™ copyright icon Toho Company, Limited Monster
Zilla in Godzilla: Final Wars
Zilla
Nicknames Jira, Tuna-Head
Subtitle Strong-Legged Monster
(強足怪獣,   Tsuyo Ashi Kaijū?)[1]
Species Mutant Iguana[2]
Height 90 meters[2]
Weight Unknown[2]
Controlled by Xiliens
Allies Jet JaguarGRoE, GodzillaGRoE, King CaesarGRoE, RodanGRoE, AnguirusGRoE, KumongaGRoE, GorosaurusGRoE, BaragonGRoE, KamoebasGRoE, TitanosaurusGRoE, VaranGRoE,
SandaGRoE, GairaGRoE
Enemies Godzilla, TrilopodsGRoE, MagitaGRoE
Created by Shogo Tomiyama, Ryuhei Kitamura
Portrayed Computer-Generated Imagery
First Appearance Godzilla: Final Wars
Roar(s)
More Roars
For the original 1998 incarnation of this monster, see Godzilla/TriStar.
I knew that tuna-eating monster was worthless! „ 

Controller of Planet X, after Zilla is defeated by Godzilla (Godzilla: Final Wars)

Zilla (ジラ,   Jira?) is a giant mutant iguana kaiju[2] created by Toho that first appeared in the 2004 Godzilla film, Godzilla: Final Wars.

One of the Xiliens' many mind-controlled monster pawns, Zilla was unleashed in Sydney, Australia before he was teleported away as the Xiliens tried to pose as humanity's saviors. When their plan was exposed by the Earth Defense Force and Godzilla was freed from Antarctica, Zilla was deployed to battle him in Sydney. Zilla was quickly defeated by Godzilla, who swatted him aside with his tail and killed him with a blast of his atomic breath. Zilla is based on TriStar's controversial depiction of Godzilla from the 1998 American film and was included in Godzilla: Final Wars after TriStar's rights to the character expired and reverted to Toho. Zilla's only film appearance to date came in Godzilla: Final Wars, but he has also been featured in the mobile game Godzilla: Kaiju Collection and two licensed Godzilla comic series published by IDW Publishing.

Name

Zilla's name comes from Godzilla's, with the "God" removed. According to Shogo Tomiyama, this name was chosen because the TriStar Godzilla "took the 'God' out of 'Godzilla.'"[3] Per Toho's insistence, all future incarnations of TriStar's Godzilla will be under the name "Zilla."

Design

Zilla's appearance is almost identical to that of the TriStar Godzilla, due to his CGI model being created simply by scanning Trendmasters' Ultimate Godzilla figure.[4] In Godzilla: Final Wars, the only differences in his appearance are his scutes, which point straight upward instead of curving forward, and his skin, which is more of a stone gray color rather than the dark blue coloration of the 1998 Godzilla. The spiky dewlap that was present on Godzilla 1998's neck does not seem to be present on Zilla.

In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Zilla is given the exact design of the 1998 Godzilla, complete with curved scutes and blue skin. One feature unique to the IDW Zilla is the presence of a fifth digit on his hands.

Personality

In Godzilla: Final Wars, Zilla is completely under the control of the Xiliens, and attacks Sydney under their orders. When he battles Godzilla, Zilla, perhaps foolishly, attempts to attack Godzilla head-on by pouncing on him, which results in his quick demise.

In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Zilla is highly aggressive and extremely vicious, attacking Godzilla upon encountering him in Honolulu. Zilla holds his own in the battle by evading Godzilla's attacks and opportunistically striking him back, but retreats as soon as Godzilla gains the upper hand and nearly kills him. Zilla later takes up residence in the waters around the Monster Islands, but avoids going ashore where the other kaiju are. Zilla manages to evade the Trilopods when they invade the islands and capture the kaiju, then follows them to Los Angeles and attacks them. During this battle, Zilla actively rescues Jet Jaguar from several Trilopods, then joins forces with Godzilla and the other monsters to defeat the alien menace. After the battle, Zilla and the other kaiju seemingly submit to Godzilla and follow him out to sea.

Origins

Zilla's origins go unexplained in Godzilla: Final Wars, and he is never even mentioned by name. According to the film's theater program, Zilla's "true identity is unknown, but according to one theory it may be the same monster that struck New York in 1997."[5] The book Godzilla: Final Wars Ultimate Collection, published in 2005, reiterates this, stating "Informal information has been reported saying that the same kind of monster appeared on the east coast of the U.S. in 1998," obviously referencing the 1998 American Godzilla film. The book also states that Zilla is "a mutated iguana that eats tuna as its meal."[2]

In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Zilla's origins are never directly discussed, but it is established that he is part of the natural balance of Earth, along with all of the other Earth kaiju. Zilla's appearance on the Infant Island mural suggests that he is an ancient creature, instead of a mutated iguana like his film incarnation. In Godzilla: Oblivion, Zilla is one of several kaiju that inhabits an alternate dimension where Godzilla rules.

History

Millennium Series

Godzilla: Final Wars

Zilla was sent to attack Sydney, Australia, under the command of the Xiliens. The towering reptile terrorized the city, destroying cars and eating civilians. Suddenly, Zilla and all of the other kaiju that had appeared around the world were teleported away by the Xiliens, who claimed to have come to save humanity. After the Xiliens' true intent, to take over the world and harvest mankind's mitochondria, was revealed, they re-released all of their monsters. The Earth Defense Force freed Godzilla from Area G in Antarctica and led him across the world to defeat the Xiliens' monsters. The Controller of Planet X had Zilla redeployed in Sydney to battle Godzilla. Zilla pounced at Godzilla, but Godzilla swung his tail and knocked the monster into the Sydney Opera House before incinerating him with his atomic breath. Following Zilla's defeat, the Controller simply remarked that he "knew that tuna-eating monster was useless."


Abilities

Jumping Abilities

Zilla pounces at Godzilla.

Zilla is an extraordinary jumper, capable of pouncing large distances to attack his enemies.

Speed and Agility

In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Zilla is incredibly fast and agile. Zilla tends to charge at his opponents, and is capable of quickly fleeing or evading enemies when he is overwhelmed.

Biting and Slashing

In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Zilla mauls his enemies with his claws and teeth. While these attacks are not extremely effective against Godzilla, they are sufficient to tear apart Trilopods.

Burrowing

In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Zilla possesses the TriStar Godzilla's ability to burrow through concrete and steel. Zilla uses this ability to evade and ambush Godzilla during their battle in Honolulu.

Intelligence

In Godzilla: Final Wars, Zilla does not exhibit a great deal of strategy, as he (perhaps foolishly) attempts to attack Godzilla head-on, only to be swatted aside and quickly dispatched by his atomic breath. In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Zilla seems to regain the 1998 Godzilla's intelligence, as he exhibits strategy in his battle with Godzilla, using his burrowing ability to evade a blast of Godzilla's atomic breath and even pulling Godzilla into the military's line of fire while the latter is grappling him. When Zilla realizes he has no chance of winning the fight, he waits for an opportunity and escapes to the ocean while Godzilla is distracted. Zilla later somehow manages to avoid capture by the Trilopods when they attack the Monster Islands, and knows to travel to Los Angeles to join forces with the other Earth monsters and battle the Trilopods.

Scutes

In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Zilla displayed the ability to use his scutes as a weapon. Zilla ran at a Trilopod and bent downward, causing his scutes to slice its neck.

Filmography

Video Games

Comics

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Zilla appeared in the first issue of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth as a rogue kaiju. He was first sighted by a submarine which mistook him for Godzilla. He later made landfall in Honolulu, Hawaii and was given the identification as "Zilla" due to radio interference. He then went on a rampage while fighting the CKR forces stationed there before being attacked by Godzilla, who had also arrived, and the two monsters prepared to fight. Godzilla tail-smacked Zilla into a building and blasted him with his atomic breath, similar to the way Godzilla finished him in Godzilla: Final Wars. However, Zilla burrowed underground and avoided the blast. Zilla then dug behind Godzilla and ambushed him. Godzilla and Zilla engaged in a heated physical battle until Godzilla grabbed Zilla by the neck and choked him. Before Godzilla could kill Zilla, CKR opened fire on Godzilla, distracting him long enough for Zilla to escape to the sea.

Zilla reappeared in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #13, where he was spotted swimming in the waters around the Monster Islands. Zilla apparently avoided capture when the Trilopods invaded the Monster Islands, as he was not seen inside the Trilopod hive.

Zilla returned in the final issue, where he suddenly appeared in Los Angeles and saved Jet Jaguar from a Trilopod with Godzilla's characteristics. Zilla then took part in the final battle against the Trilopods alongside Godzilla and the other Earth monsters, managing to injure and kill several of the creatures. Zilla attempted to battle Magita, the gigantic Trilopod queen, but was kicked aside by its massive legs. After Godzilla destroyed Magita, Zilla and the other monsters followed Godzilla out to sea.

Godzilla: Oblivion

Zilla appeared at the very end of the fourth issue of Godzilla: Oblivion, where he emerged from an interdimensional portal alongside Biollante, Rodan, Mothra, Anguirus and King Caesar. In the following issue, where Hedorah joined the monsters, Zilla wandered off and rampaged through the city on his own while most of the other monsters tried to battle Mecha-King Ghidorah. Later, after Mecha-King Ghidorah was defeated by Godzilla, all of the monsters were left behind as the humans left the Earth as it became covered by tiny robotic cells that served as interdimensional doorways.

Gallery

Main article: Zilla/Gallery.

Roar

In Godzilla: Final Wars, Zilla's roars are recycled from the TriStar Godzilla's roars, themselves a combination of the Showa Godzilla's roars and elephant sounds. Zilla's roars seem to be mostly the elephant-based roars, rather than the Godzilla-based ones. In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Zilla's roar is written as "SKREEEEEENK."

Godzilla 1998 and Zilla's roars

In Other Languages

  • Serbian: Зила
  • Russian: Зилла
  • Bengali: জেলা
  • Chinese: 斯拉
  • Gujarati: જીલ્લા
  • Hebrew: זילה
  • Hindi: जिला
  • Kannada: ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ
  • Korean: 질라
  • Marathi: जिल्हा
  • Telugu: జిల్లా
  • Urdu: ضلع
  • Yiddish: זיללאַ

Trivia

  • Zilla was briefly considered for inclusion in the video game Godzilla: Unleashed, but didn't make the cut due to his lack of popularity during production on the previous games.[6][7]
  • After Zilla is dispatched by Godzilla in Godzilla: Final Wars, the Controller of Planet X angrily says "I knew that tuna-eating monster was worthless," a reference to the TriStar Godzilla's diet of fish in the 1998 film. In the film's English dub, the Controller calls Zilla a "tuna head."
  • Shogo Tomiyama and Ryuhei Kitamura did not originally intend to include Zilla in Godzilla: Final Wars, but upon learning that they could use the TriStar Godzilla in the film, they decided to feature him as the new monster Zilla. Zilla's late addition may be responsible for the monster's lack of appearances in merchandise and promotional materials for the film.
  • Zilla is the only monster in Godzilla: Final Wars to be portrayed entirely through computer-generated imagery, a possible nod to the extensive use of CGI in the 1998 film.
  • Zilla's quick destruction at the hands of Godzilla in Godzilla: Final Wars was likely a nod to how many fans were dissatisfied with TriStar's depiction of Godzilla.
  • In Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, when Zilla is seen swimming in the waters around the Monster Islands, the character Chavez suggests that Zilla may be reluctant to set foot on the islands because he isn't welcome. Lucy assures him that the other monsters will eventually come to accept him. This is most likely an inside joke referencing the Godzilla fanbase's reluctance to accept Zilla as an honorary kaiju.

References

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Indominus rex

24 days ago
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idk why 98 and zilla are the same
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SSJtheBeast

one month ago
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You seroius? Godzilla 98 and Zilla have the same character traditional appearance and characteristics. fans of 1998 wanted this to happen because they felt that both G98 and Zilla needed to have thier own page cause they are not the same character. just because they are not the same character doesnt mean any thing. Zilla is a incarnation of Godzilla 1998 film. GMK mentions that the 1998 american claims was Godzilla but is not. it is better that both can shared in one page.
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The King of the Monsters

one month ago
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The fact that they aren't the same character does mean something. That's the entire reason they aren't on the same page. Wikizilla was a laughingstock for years because we refused to put them on different pages, and now that we're finally making incarnation pages, it makes sense to give Godzilla 1998 his own page like the other Godzilla incarnations.

The line about a monster attacking NYC in GMK is just a joke. Yes it's an obvious reference to Godzilla 1998, but it's there for humor and not to retcon the 1998 monster into a different creature. And before you say we only made them separate pages because we're "fans of 1998," I personally dislike that film and don't consider its monster to be Godzilla. But my personal feelings don't matter because this is an objective online encyclopedia, not a fan blog.
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DystrVction

15 days ago
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Technically, GMK referenced 9/11 which happened a few months earlier, fans misconstrued that as a reference to 1998. 1998 is still trademarked as Godzilla, thus remains a Godzilla. Any Creature with that likeness after is named Zilla, for some reason. Your logic is bad. If I had a character called Godzilla, and then later renamed it Gigantis, does that make it not Godzilla anymore? No, it doesn't.
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The King of the Monsters

15 days ago
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I don't recall any instance of GMK referencing the September 11 terrorist attacks, except maybe the visual parallel seen with the destruction of Yokohama Landmark Tower. The line at the beginning of the film is a reference to the 1998 film, but is meant as a joke and nothing more. It doesn't retroactively make the monster from the 1998 film not Godzilla within its own continuity.
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Koopa

15 days ago
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GMK does not reference 9/11 - It merely states that Zilla attacked NYC 'a few years ago'. GMK takes place in '02, and generally speaking 'a few years ago' doesn't mean 'last year'. This is a fictional universe we're talking about - the events that take place within have no obligation to follow those that happened in real life.
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SkullIsland

3 months ago
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Didn't Zilla have an acidic flamebreath?
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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I remember reading an article where Ryuhei Kitamura said that, explaining the explosion in the film just before Zilla appears, but sadly I can find no sign of its existence anymore. The same goes for the film's opening scene being set in the 1960's.
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CdrWikizilla

3 months ago
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I am probably the only one who likes his final wars design.
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MosuFan2004

4 months ago
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THANKS GODZILLA THIS AND Godzilla/TriStar|THIS ARE NOW SEPARATE PAGES!!
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Toolen

4 months ago
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To what end? There's no point. They're literally the same in all but name, one character with two iterations that each have their own copyright. I find it quite ridiculous to pretend that there is no connection between Tristar's Godzilla and Zilla. They belong on the same page.
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The King of the Monsters

4 months ago
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Toolen, will you please let this go? We all know you don't consider the TriStar Godzilla to be Godzilla, and a lot of people here share that opinion, but the fact is that TriStar Godzilla and Zilla are legally distinct characters, and as the Godzilla wiki we are expected to be as objective and accurate as possible. We can't let fan preferences get in the way of technical accuracy. You fighting us every step of the way simply because you can't stand seeing the 1998 monster called "Godzilla" is not productive at all.

Incarnation subpages were made for Godzilla's onscreen incarnations, so it makes perfect sense to create one specifically for the monster from the 1998 film. Having Godzilla 1998 and Zilla as separate pages also helps immensely with making the articles less confusing whenever the name "Godzilla" is used.
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Toolen

4 months ago
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This has nothing to do with my opinions on the the 98 Godzilla! Don't go putting words in my mouth. I will admit that I don't think highly of the 1998 film or it's titular character, and I have definitely made that clear in previous comments on this site, but that is not why I think the creation of a new article was pointless. As if I would be so petty! Quite frankly, I'm offended that you would make such an accusation. It's insulting. In any case, I simply view this as an unnecessary change. Toho makes zero distinction between the two. They're basically just two versions of the same character under separate copyrights. As such, it makes more since to include them in the same article. Furthermore, the article wasn't confusing at all. It was quite clear which version of the character was being referred to.
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The King of the Monsters

4 months ago
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Toho makes "zero distinction" between the two with the key exception of "name alone." Toho has to legally recognize the 1998 creature as Godzilla, while when they use the character in their own media they call it Zilla. Both our Godzilla/TriStar and Zilla pages make it incredibly clear Toho essentially considers them two different versions of the same character, and they include disclaimers referring users to the other page.

Wikizilla has been a laughingstock for years in part due to our infamous "Zilla Name Change" article and the inclusion of Godzilla 1998 and Zilla on the same page. Splitting the pages helps put that behind us and also makes sense since we have made several Godzilla incarnation subpages. The monster from the 1998 film was a Godzilla incarnation, while its subsequent incarnations are not, so it stands to reason that the 1998 monster would have a Godzilla subpage.
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SkullIsland

5 months ago
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I don't think he was put up to his full potential in G98. The design was a new and re-imagined look for Godzilla, but the screens writers went a little slack with his character and personality; They just tried to hard to make him a naturalistic animal and left out the classic Godzilla attitude in the process. I think Zilla could have been a better and a more Godzilla like character if put in the right hands.
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Koopa

5 months ago
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Zilla, the Godzilla that was, then wasn't! I think it's safe to say that this site's opinion of this guy is much more tame compared to the hordes of kiddies on the internet who blindly hate him without even watching his film.
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BigRandomKaiju

5 months ago
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He's an awesome kaiju that like that is rpetty underrated
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MosuFan2004

5 months ago
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Still don't see the point of Godzilla 1998 and Zilla being on the same page
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Toolen

5 months ago
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They're the sa,e character in all but name. There's no point in creating a separate article.
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Toolen

5 months ago
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That's supposed to be "same", not "sa,e". Sorry, I'm having technical problems with my keyboard.
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Titanollante

5 months ago
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Toho doesn't see any distinction between the two and Toho never brings Zilla up without saying that a "suspiciously similar monster appeared in New York in 1998" but they are still legally separate characters. The 1998 Godzilla is GODZILLA and Zilla is Zilla. It's just that Toho will never let the 1998 Godzilla appear under the name Godzilla ever again and will just have you use Zilla.
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Toolen

5 months ago
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Legally, yes, they are different. That's what I meant when I said they are "the same in all but name". They are still, however, two different versions of the same character.
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Deathrock9

4 months ago
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This little comment thread is funny now considering the fact that TriStar Godzilla and Zilla are now on separate pages.
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Toolen

4 months ago
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A rather ridiculous choice, in my opinion. There is no point in having two separate pages for two iterations of the same character. That's like splitting the Godzilla page amongst his various versions. You're basically just downplaying the connection between the two for no reason at all.
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Deathrock9

4 months ago
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"That's like splitting the Godzilla page amongst his various versions."

Funny you should say that...
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Toolen

4 months ago
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No, the main article. I'm talking about the main Godzilla article, the one that has links to all of those articles. I was saying you might as well split up the content on the Godzilla article amongst the various articles for each version of Godzilla. It would be equally pointless. The relationship between Tristar's Godzilla and Zilla is similar to the various versions of Godzilla. Zilla is a version of Tristar's Godzilla. We already have separate articles for both the Tristar Godzilla Design and the Final Wars Zilla Design. That's all we really need to differentiate the two. Why have a separate article when we already have separate articles? It's pointless.
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SkullIsland

7 months ago
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Zilla looks like a skinny G14 in Godzilla oblivion
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Spinocroc123

9 months ago
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"prior to Toho acquiring the rights to the creature in 2004"? wasn't it still Godzilla?
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The King of the Monsters

9 months ago
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Um, that's exactly what it says in that part of the article you're quoting.
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Spinocroc123

8 months ago
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Then why would they need to acquire his rights? they owe Godzilla
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The King of the Monsters

8 months ago
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Because they had to wait for the rights to that specific incarnation of the character to revert to them. TriStar and Sony had pretty much exclusive rights to the Godzilla 1998 design, and in 2003 Toho gained the ability to use that incarnation in any way they chose. They ultimately chose to re-trademark it as a new character called Zilla.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

8 months ago
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It seems, going from the Tomiyama quote and contract information in this article, that Toho always had the rights to put TriStar's Godzilla in a movie, but they never bothered to check until Kitamuya asked: https://encr...JglD596d8SgR (Part 1 of the article talks about the contract more.)
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Astounding Beyond Belief

8 months ago
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Of course, the minute I hit "post," I immediately see the paragraph in the article that directly discusses this.
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The King of the Monsters

8 months ago
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I got the impression from the SciFi Japan article that Toho would gain the rights to do whatever they wanted with the TriStar Godzilla once TriStar's rights to Godzilla finally expired, and during production of Final Wars Kitamura just asked if they could use the TriStar Godzilla and found out they could.
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Deathrock9

11 months ago
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Poor Zilla. He gets too much hate and really does not deserve it.
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CdrWikizilla

7 months ago
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yee
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Magara M&E

12 months ago
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Could someone post a picture of what zilla looks like in Godzilla oblivion please.
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Titanollante

15 months ago
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Kawaii!