Cinema: What In The Name Of Godzilla...?

The thing that's made a Happy Meal of Tokyo for decades is back, and its sights are on Gotham. Get ready for something different

Godzilla is in the details. the Book tells us so. Among the commandments: Godzilla has three toes on each foot, not four; Godzilla has four claws on each hand, not three; Godzilla has three rows of ridges on his back, not one; Godzilla eats fish, not people; Godzilla cannot be made to look silly; Godzilla cannot die. And, if you must ask, Godzilla does not endorse products.

The Book is a 75-page-plus compendium of iconographical dos and don'ts assembled over nearly a half-century by Toho Studios, Godzilla's propagator and the cinematic demiurge of the Land of the Rising Saurians. This mishnah...