As of right now, all of you are very excited for Godzilla vs Kong that is about to premier in two weeks. However, I want to step away from Godzilla and Kong for a little bit and talk about rumors circulating Universal's upcoming movie, Jurassic World: Dominion.
In Jurassic World, we were introduced to the first ever hybrid dinosaur on screen called Indominous Rex and then the Indoraptor (a smaller version of the Indominous Rex) in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Ever since the pre-production stage of Dominion, it has been confirmed that hybrids will not be in the third film. For quite some time, there have been whispers floating around that the next installment of the Jurassic Park franchise will introduce these new dinosaurs: Giganotosaurus, Dimetrodon, Pyroraptor, and Deinonychus. Then on March 2nd, pieces of art started to pop-up showing these four dinosaurs.
According to Klayton Fioriti in his video, these pieces of art are not official concept art, but recreated copies of the designs somebody that worked very closely with the movie saw and took it upon themselves redo it as accurately as possible so the fans can get a glimpse of what to expect. So as you should expect with rumors everything must be taken with a grain of salt, especially with supposed leaks.
The first dinosaur that is confirmed to be in the movie is Giganotosaurus. During an interview with New Zealand's The Project, actor Sam Neill, who will be reprising his role as Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic World: Dominion, reveals that Giganotosaurus will be a big deal in the movie and is considered one of the biggest dinosaurs that ever lived. Neil even mentions that he will be confronted by this dinosaur a lot. It will be interesting to see just how much screen time this dinosaur really has. I have a feeling that this dinosaur will be the main bad dinosaur chasing the main characters much like the T-Rex, Velociraptors, Spinosaurus, Indominous, and Indoraptor in the previous films.
Even though Giganotosaurus is confirmed to be in the movie, it is still unclear if this is actually an official design that we will be seeing in the movie. If so, it looks really neat. You can sort of see some of the design for the Indominus Rex from Jurassic World in Giganotosaurus such as the facial features and the scutes running down from the back of its head to the tail. It even sort of resembles the V-Rex from Peter Jackson's King Kong with the green skin on top and yellow skin on the bottom.
The next dinosaur is the Pyroraptor. Ever since the first movie, paleontologists have been scrutinizing the designs of the raptors in every movie for not being scientifically accurate to the current studies on these animals, mainly the lack of feathers. If this is a real design as claimed, then paleontologists will finally be happy to see feathers, at least on this dinosaur. And I will say that this is a really cool design. It looks like a phoenix with the red and blue feathers. It is definitely not the kind of dinosaur you want to run into.
If you remember in my review of Jurassic Park, I mentioned about how the velociraptors in Jurassic Park were actually inspired by their larger cousin, the Deinonychus. When I look at the design for Deinonychus, I see a lot of that design from the raptors in Jurassic Park. The only exception is that hooked claw the velociraptors had on their toes to pin down their prey is modified in this one. It is not as arced as the ones the raptors have.
If the Deinonychus does make an appearance in Dominion, it makes me wonder if they will refer to this dinosaur as "The Big One". In the book version of Jurassic Park, it mentions the pack leader of the raptors being referred to as "The Big One". She was known as the biggest and most lethal raptor and ruled over her pack much like a tyrant. When she was first introduced to the rest of the pack she immediately took position as pack leader by killing most of the raptors in the pen except for a small few. Then, the leader would have them charge at the electrified fences to search for potential weaknesses to find a way to escape. So it will be interesting to see what kind of role Deinonychus has in the upcoming movie.
The last dinosaur rumored is Dimetrodon, which has an odd combination of colors. I don't mind the red, but the green on the sail is really throwing me off. It makes me wonder if this color scheme is to help it camouflage with a forest environment in the movie and one of the main characters accidentally runs into one of them.
While Giganotosaurus is confirmed to be in Dominion, the other three are still considered as only rumors. There is no confirmation that the Pyroraptor, Deinonychus, and Dimetrodon are even in the movie. If the Pyroraptor and Deinonychus are in the movie th