The uber-Kaiju known as Godzilla first tore up the big screen way back in 1954, an Ishiro Honda-directed film that has to date spawned a whopping 28 sequels and spin-offs in Godzilla’s home country of Japan.  The character was brought over to the states in 1956 with Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, a dubbed and re-edited version of Honda’s film that infused some new footage into the proceedings. 1998 saw the release of Roland Emmerich’s big-budget reboot, America’s very first fully original Godzilla flick.

Emmerich’s effort left most fans of the ‘King of the Monsters’ quite disappointed, and the film garnered negative reviews from fans and critics alike.  Needless to say, a whole lot of room for improvement was left behind by Emmerich and company, and Godzilla has become one of those rare remakes that fans have actually been clamoring for – rather than dreading.

16 years later, Godzilla finally returns.

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Set for release in 2014, Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla has been one of the most talked about movies on the internet over the course of the last couple years, the film taking this year’s San Diego Comic Con by storm with the premiere of footage that had everyone buzzing – and scrambling to find bootleg versions of it online.  Though the footage did surface several times, it was always taken down as quickly as it went up, and we learned just a few days ago that the official trailer would FINALLY be premiering this week.

That day is today.

Check out the very first official teaser trailer for Godzilla 2014, which promises to put 1998’s effort to shame!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBwsUD7jYCI

Godzilla is set to stomp his way into theaters on May 16th of next year, in both 2D and 3D.  It’s directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche and David Straithairn.

Show of hands… who’s excited!?!?