The Return of King Ghidorah (Heisei)
The Return of King Ghidorah (キングギドラの逆襲 is an unmade Kingu Gidora no Gyakushū, lit. King Ghidorah's Counterattack)1992 direct sequel to Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah.
A space monster comes down to Earth and begins terrorizing the planet. This creature appears to have a striking resemblance to King Ghidorah, a monster created by the Futurians that attacked Japan last year, and was given the same name as a result. Humanity must now rely on Godzilla to stop the new King Ghidorah before the Earth is destroyed.
Due to the success of 1991's Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Toho initially considered producing a direct sequel to the film, featuring a version of King Ghidorah from outer space, similar to the character's Showa incarnation. Ultimately, Toho decided to instead revive one of Toho's other most popular monsters, Mothra, and ended up producing the film that ultimately became Godzilla vs. Mothra.
- The Return of King Ghidorah is also the name of an unmade early draft of Godzilla vs. Gigan. Aside from the title, the two films are not related at all.
- Additionally, King Ghidorah's Counterattack, one of this film's alternative titles, is also the name of a Zone Fighter episode (with the difference being the exclamation mark at the end of the episode's title).
- According to an interview with Koichi Kawakita conducted in 1994, this film wasn't made because a recent poll showed that Mothra was the most popular kaiju among women, and that it would have been "too easy" to bring back King Ghidorah again.
- Toho later considered a project similar to this one early in production of what would ultimately become Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, which would have pit Godzilla against an evil alien King Ghidorah dubbed Emperor Ghidorah.
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