'Godzilla' Stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Bryan CranstonAlbert L. Ortega/Getty

Numerous major announcements rocked Comic-Con on Saturday: Batman will be teaming up with Superman, "Avengers 2" will be called "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and every single person to ever play one of the X-Men will be present and accounted for in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Roaring into the fray the same day, "Godzilla," the upcoming remake from Warner Bros. and Legendary, debuted an explosive teaser.

What struck most panel attendees about the footage was how character-centered it was, focused heavily on stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston, who all took part in the panel.

Along with glimpses of mass destruction and shots of Taylor-Johnson, Olsen, and Cranston reacting to said destruction, the crowd was given at least one money shot: a clip of a giant insectoid monster (possibly Mothra) attacking a jet on the tarmac, as seen from inside an airport. The insect monster tears off a chunk of the airplane and sends it flying ... right into Godzilla's giant foot. Then the monsters start to battle, with Godzilla's particulars obscured by the smoke from the smoldering wreckage.

Without delving into the specifics of the film's plot, the actors marveled at the amount of freedom they were given and how it didn't seem like they were working on a blockbuster, but rather something in keeping with director Gareth Edwards's indie-movie roots. "It happened to be a big-budget art film, really, the way [Edwards] wanted to shoot it and the way he wanted to direct it," Taylor-Johnson remarked.

Referring to "Monsters," another Edwards film, Cranston added, "It was fantastic because he was able to make a monster movie also into a character-driven component where you really felt for these people. And that's what he transformed this 'Godzilla' into."

Even if "Pacific Rim" has somehow quenched moviegoers' thirst for giant monsters, the name-brand recognition of "Godzilla" should at the very least elevate its box office profile when it's released on May 16, 2014. Based on the reports, this could be a very special big-budget spectacle -- the kind featuring characters you actually care about.

[via Vulture, /Film, L.A. Times]
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