Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty knows what makes his monster distinct from King Kong.
In an interview for the June issue of SFX, Dougherty said, "We expect those very unique, and even warm, bonding moments between Kong and human beings. That goes back to the 1933 film, where he was never strictly a monster; there was always a very human side to him in the ways that he interacts with us. That was a joy to write."
"With Godzilla, that's not expected," he continued. "That's not to say that you can't do it, but any kind of bond between Godzilla and humans has usually been more implied. So you rarely get to see Godzilla's softer side. Whereas with Kong, it's an essential part of the character. If you ever made a Kong film, where you didn't get to see the softer side of the character, it would fall short."
The world's two most iconic kaiju are set to face off in next year's Godzilla vs. Kong, which is a sequel to King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island.
Directed by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds and Zhang Ziyi. The film opens May 31.
Godzilla vs. Kong, directed by Adam Wingard, releases on March 13, 2020. The film stars Kyle Chandler, Ziyi Zhang, Millie Bobby Brown, Danai Gurira, Brian Tyree Henry, Demian Bichir, Alexander Skarsgard, Jessica Henwick and Julian Dennison.