It’s hard to upstage Godzilla, but he has some stiff competition in ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’ which introduces modern versions of Mothra, King Ghidorah, and Rodan.  To most Americans, those kaiju have only been featured in cheesy old movies from the 1960s, or in Japanese imports.  But ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’ promises to update them for a new generation, with a fittingly monstrous budget of a reported $200 million.  Now Empire (via has delivered a new look at Rodan in mid-air attacking some fighter jets.

Check it out:

Rodan Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

Director Michael Dougherty said:

“[Rodan] is a bit of a rogue… you never quite know where his loyalties lie.  Godzilla’s more of a lumbering, plodding presence; it takes him a couple of days to destroy a city like Tokyo. Rodan can level it without even thinking. He’s this massive A-bomb, so there’s a speed and ferocity he brings.”

It is known that in this picture, the giant creatures aren’t just mindless rampaging beasts, but the gods of an ancient civilization.  But since our modern society doesn’t worship them, they look to feel suitably snubbed and take appropriate action.

Following the global success of “Godzilla” and “Kong: Skull Island” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse, an epic action-adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

‘Godzilla: Skull Island’ stars Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Thomas Middleditch, Anthony Ramos, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Bradley Whitford, and Ziyi Zhang, and stomps into theaters on May 31, 2019.