Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 | 2 a.m.
Hollywood loves indulging in a little schadenfreude, particularly when Las Vegas is the target. And judging by a preview of the new “Godzilla,” the upcoming summer blockbuster will be the latest film to partake in the time-honored tradition of blowing Sin City to bits on the silver screen.
A trailer for the monster flick released Tuesday features shots of the Strip destroyed by the iconic reptilian beast — ostensibly after its escape from a mysterious desert facility shown in the preview — with smoke billowing from the demolished towers of Treasure Island, the Quad, the Flamingo, Paris and New York-New York.
Godzilla proves to be an equal opportunity havoc wreaker, however, as the trailer also showcases scenes of destruction in San Francisco and Waikiki, Hawaii, as star Bryan Cranston, who plays scientist Joe Brody, frantically narrates the disaster at play.
The unrated film, which is due out May 16 from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen and is directed by Gareth Edwards.
If the trailer hasn’t satisfied your appetite for Las Vegas destruction, here’s a look at other films that take literal swings at the city:
“Mars Attacks” (1996)
The sci-fi comedy follows guests at the Luxor during an alien invasion, during which the government sets up a first-contact meeting with Martians in Pahrump.
“The Amazing Colossal Man” (1957)
Before Godzilla took on the Strip, there was Lt. Col. Glenn Manning.
The Strip and McCarran International Airport are demolished in earthquakes and ash cloud fallout from a volcanic eruption at Yellowstone National Park.
“Blast Vegas” (2013)
From the brilliant minds that brought you Syfy’s “Sharknado.”
“The Stand” (1994)
In a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by a plague, survivors take up in Las Vegas under the leadership of an evil supernatural being named Randall Flagg. Sounds about right.
“Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” (1992)
This is why you should never bring the kids to Las Vegas.
“Con Air” (1997)
Well, that’s one way to demolish a casino.
“Resident Evil: Extinction” (2007)
The Zombie Apocalypse Store is ahead of its time.