In America, Godzilla is a superhero


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Polygon is looking ahead to the movies, shows, and books coming soon in our Spring 2024 entertainment preview package, a weeklong special issue. The licensing agreement that gave both Toho and Legendary Entertainment the rights to make Godzilla movies — so long as they aren’t in theaters at the same time — has produced wildly different approaches to the world’s most famous kaiju. In particular, America and Japan seem to have radically different ideas about who Godzilla is and what he symbolizes, at least in the modern era. Godzilla has evolved considerably from his 1954 Japanese debut to the latest...