May 15, 2014 12:23 PM EDT

Directors Gareth Edwards’ modern take on Godzilla looks to build off the stepping stones of J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 and Cloverfield to create a “realistic” feeling experience.

Actor Bryan Cranston said Godzilla has matured in this latest version of the beloved monster.

“The whole sensibility of how to make a movie like this has matured, because it’s not just about this beast and, ‘how are we going to control it,” Cranston said.

Godzilla has been in the public consciousness since its debut in 1954, and has since been in over 30 films. Godzilla was originally imagined as a metaphor for nuclear weapons, and as a response to disasters like the ones at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

With the recent nuclear plant meltdown in Fukushima, Japan, the latest Godzilla film is a reminder of the monster’s origins.

“[Godzilla] has been created out of mistakes that we’ve made, and in a way we’ve brought Godzilla onto ourselves, and we pay the price for that,” said Mary Parent, a producer on the film.

Above, see behind-the-scenes footage of Bryan Cranston and Director Gareth Edwards in various action scenes that take place throughout the film, from a post-apocalyptic city to the interior of a battleship.

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