[There’s been a lot of criticism about the levels of carnage shown in Man of Steel. Your film also features a great deal of urban destruction. How do you keep from crossing the line from fun into too realistic?]
Well, kaiju movies by definition bring a completely escapist fun in these type of fights. When you’re a kid and you’re watching Godzilla stomp a bunch of tanks or jets or cut through a city, the proportions of these things are so enormous that you cannot correlate them to anything real. What I do is I then bring in visually a very different sense of style from reality. I have these super-coloured lights illuminating the rain, so it looks like a living comic book or a living anime, you know? And the thing that I do very, very consciously is I vacated all the streets so they would be empty of people. So you’re never thinking, “Oh, the kaiju just crushed 600 people.” Because the streets are vacated and everybody’s in a refuge, all they can destroy is buildings and vehicles when nobody’s there.
Guillermo del Toro, on how destruction and violence is depicted in Pacific Rim [x]
In a movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters, it would have been so easy to make human lives seem insignificant and expendable. Not only did he consciously avoid doing that, he empowered humans by showing what we’re capable of doing when we work together.