Godzilla first appeared in the movie Godzilla in 1954. In this movie Godzilla was created by the testing of nuclear weapons off of Japan. Once Godzilla is brought to life by this testing he begins to attack Japan. Godzilla is later killed by a device that sucks all the oxygen out of the water around him. In 1955 Godzilla again returned to Japan, but this time in order to save it from another giant monster, Angilas. Godzilla’s return to the screen was called Godzilla Raids Again. This movie started the trend of having Godzilla being the good guy in the movies. This movies was followed in 1962 by King Kong vs. Godzilla. This movie offered a brief return to Godzilla’s villainous side as he begins to destroy Japan, and King Kong is brought in to stop him. Despite Godzilla’s demise in this one, he returned again in Godzilla vs. The Thing. This was Godzilla’s last villainous role until 1984. This movie also brought another monster, Mothra, into the Godzilla universe (Mothra had previously starred in her own movie). Over the next 11 years (1964-1975), 11 more Godzilla movies would be released. All these movies dealt with Godzilla saving the world from other monsters, aliens, or a combination of aliens and other monsters. They also featured Godzilla teaming up with such monsters as Rodan, Mothra, and Angilas in order to save the world. It would be 9 years before the next movie was released. This movie was Godzilla 1984 (or Godzilla 1985 depending on your country). Godzilla 1984 was an updated retelling of the original movie, with Godzilla becoming a Tokyo stomping villain once again. Five years later Godzilla would return in Godzilla vs. Biollante. This movie would be the last one released in the U.S., and featured a genetically enginereed creature fighting Godzilla to protect Japan. Over the next 6 years five more movies would be released in Japan. All these movies involved the G-Force (first introduced in Biollante) trying to find a way to stop Godzilla, and creating more monsters to fight him. Godzilla finally died in Godzilla vs. Destroyer, which was released in 1995. This movie was a direct sequel to the original movie from 1954, and all the movies since 1984. It involved a creature being created from the oxygen sucking device created to kill Godzilla. Forty one years later the creature finds its way to Japan and begins to grow, and Godzilla must fight. At the end of the movie Godzilla goes into melt down because of all the nuclear energy that was used to create him. However the movie ends with a hint of things to come as Godzilla’s baby rises up out of the ashes of its parent. The best quote to sum up the Godzilla movies came from Raymond Burr at the end of the US’s Godzilla 1985. At the end, when discussing Godzilla’s apparent demise, Burr says: "Nature has a way sometimes of reminding an of just how small he is. She occasionally throws up the terrible offspring of our pride and carelessness, to remind us of how puny we really are in the face of a tornado, an earthquake, or a Godzilla. Godzilla, that strangely innocent and tragic monster, has gone to earth. Whether he returns or not, or is never again seen by human eyes, the things he has taught us remain." With all that behind him, Godzilla now has big plans for the future. Several years ago Tri Star Pictures bought the rights to make an entirely American version of Godzilla. The original director of the movie, Jan De Bont (Speed, Twister) was fired not very long ago because of the amount of money he wanted for the movies budget. With this turn of events the future looked bleak. Then this summer heralded the release of the blockbuster movie Independence Day. Tri Star saw this movie back in April, several months before its release, and signed its director (Roland Emmerich), and screen writer (Dean Devlin) to make the new Godzilla movie. At the moment there is a script for the movie, but Emmerich and Devlin want to try to write their own first. The movie has a scheduled release for Summer 1998, and rumor has it that Tri Star has already been showing previews for it in theaters to start to peak people’s interest. Other big news for Godzilla at the moment is that he now has his own comic book series from Dark Horse Comics (along with fellow monster Gamera). The biggest news, and probably worst at the moment, for American fans of Godzilla is that Tri Star owns the rights to the previously unreleased (though bootlegs do exist) Godzilla movies. The good news is that Tri Star plans to release these movies in the U.S., but the bad news is that they won’t be released until after summer 1998 (They don’t want to take attention from their movie), and they will more than likely be released only in poorly dubbed versions. However, only time will tell what version of these movies are released (the bootlegs are available both dubbed and subtitled).