Before Tristar gave the world their unholy abomination that was Zilla, originally there was another idea for an American Godzilla film. In the unmade 1994 Godzilla film, the King of the Monsters would have faced against a creature named The Gryphon. This creature was a biological weapon created by an alien race trying to colonize Earth.

Based on the screenplay released for this film, the aliens send the creatures as probes to consume the native life of the target world and create a doomsday beast from the genetic material. By the time the aliens arrive, the probe would have wiped out all the life on Earth.

Specifically, for the creature seen during the film, it would have landed in Kentucky in a lake called Apopka. Taking the appearance of a bio-metallic liquid, it’s able to assimilate and mutate living creatures to serve as probes for collecting biomass. In the film, The Gryphon was going to mutate a colony of bats into 12-foot wingspan creatures called Probe Bats to serve as the probes. The Probe Bats collect animals to help The Gryphon develop a mature form before being absorbed into the Gryphon themselves.

When it finally had its matured body, the Gryphon had a form described as the body of a mountain lion, leathery blood-red wings of a bat, and hydra-headed tongue composed of snakes. This gave the Gryphon the claws and wings for close-combat and flight along with the added ability to release blasts of electricity from its wings.

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The Gryphon can also absorb the genetic material from any living organism in order to further develop its body. The weakness of The Gryphon was Godzilla’s atomic breath, which is used during the final battle to incinerate The Gryphon from the inside out. An interesting aspect of The Gryphon is how the body can still react and attack even if the head is removed. It’s unfortunate we never got to see The Gryphon on the big screen but traits were incorporated into the creature Orga and MUTOs from the 2014 Godzilla movie.

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