Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla: Metallic Battle
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Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla: Metallic Battle was an early story proposal for what would ultimately become Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II which was in consideration before screenwriter Wataru Mimura was brought on. Once Yutaka Izubuchi's Godzilla vs. Berserk proposal was discarded, Toho continued to pursue a film reintroducing popular Godzilla foe Mechagodzilla into the Heisei series. Early in development of what became 1992's Godzilla vs. Mothra, director of special effects Koichi Kawakita proposed a series of projects inspired by the 1966 science fiction film Fantastic Voyage in which a team of humans is injected inside Godzilla's body to battle him from within. These story proposals, which consisted of Micro Super Battle: Godzilla vs. Gigamoth, Godzilla's Counterattack, Godzilla vs. Mechani-Kong, and Micro Universe in Godzilla, all included Mechani-Kong as Godzilla's foe which would battle him from the outside at the same time. Toho was forced to take Mechani-Kong off the table due to potential rights issues with Turner Entertainment, but Kawakita's Fantastic Voyage-inspired idea was taken back into consideration during development of the next entry in the series. A human-built Mechagodzilla was introduced to the story in place of Mechani-Kong, a story element which would be retained in the final product.
It is unclear how far into development Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla: Metallic Battle reached, nor is it known who was responsible for writing the story. Monster designer Shinji Nishikawa stated that he was responsible for writing a screenplay for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II with the same premise, in which the humans trigger a nuclear reaction inside Godzilla that causes him to explode, only for BabyGodzilla to absorb the released radiation and mature into a new Godzilla which defeats Mechagodzilla. It is possible, but not confirmed, that the screenplay Nishikawa was referring to was Metallic Battle. Whatever the case, the idea was discarded, although elements from the story would be carried over into Wataru Mimura's series of drafts for the screenplay, most prominently a human-built Mechagodzilla.
In order to counter the threat posed by Godzilla, humanity constructs a robot in the monster's own image dubbed Mechagodzilla. Additionally, using new micro-technology, a team of humans is able to infiltrate Godzilla's own body and attempts to defeat him from within while Mechagodzilla battles him from the outside.
- Though Koichi Kawakita's Fantastic Voyage-inspired story idea was discarded for the last time with Metallic Battle, he still payed tribute to the film in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II through the character Leo Asimov, who is named after author Isaac Asimov, who wrote the novelization for Fantastic Voyage.
- Kawakita would finally fulfill his wish for a battle within another monster's body in a sequence featured in Rebirth of Mothra II, wherein Aqua Mothra defeats Dagahra by breaking apart into multiple smaller copies of himself to attack Dagahra from the inside.
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