Things are about to turn from bad to worse in War for the Planet of the Apes. Director Matt Reeves talks about how Caesar, the hero of the rebooted trilogy, has evolved over the course of three movies and why the ape is heading toward a really dark path.
The End of the War Between Apes and Humans?
Amidst the superheroes and fast cars, War for the Planet of the Apes is among the most anticipated movies this year. It continues the story that started in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and reached a crescendo in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. In the upcoming movie, things are about to get more intense.
In a new interview with EW, Reeves revealed that the new movie is a story on revenge about an ape leader who has to confront destruction and annihilation of his own species.
“It finally cracks Caesar,” the filmmaker state. “It sets him on a revenge mission. The movie goes from being this grand war movie to an almost Josey Wales-like Western.”
Caesar had a tough life behind him, but he begins the third as a patriarch to his own little family and the leader of the ape civilization. Having watched his people die in the hands of the humans, Caesar will grapple with his violent instinct.
Actor Andy Serkis added that the movie will open with a battle scene that will feature the confrontation between the apes and the humans in a snowy forest. The sequence is already teased in the trailers.
But while the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) will not show his ape counterparts any mercy, Serkis warned that the audience should not demonize the human character. The actor admitted that the Colonel does appear to be psychotic, but he only has a similar goal going into the war: to survive. Like the apes, the humans are only fighting for their own survival.
As for Caesar’s own character development, Serkis described the story beginning from Rise of the Planet of the Apes as “Boyhood but for apes.” The past two movies have been building up to this war between species. However, it is unclear what specific event will trigger Caesar’s thirst for revenge. Now that he is a family man, will he lose someone dear to him?
Boom! Studios Releases Prequel Comics
A few months before the third installment to the Planet of the Apes franchise lands on the big screen, Boom! Studios has announced a four-issue prequel comics that aims to fill in the events leading up to the War for the Planet of the Apes.
The limited series written by David F. Walker bridges the gap between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the new movie. It aims to show how, since the viral outbreak, the conflict between man and ape has been rapidly increasing.
In a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter, Walker explained that he is a fan of the franchise. Moreover, he is grateful to contribute to what he says is the “best” movie from the franchise since the first one that was released in 1968.
The first issue of the prequel comics will be released in comic book stores and digital newsstands on July 12, two days before the movie opens in the U.S.
War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Details
The third installment to the critically-acclaimed blockbuster franchise will see Caesar and the apes at war with an army of humans led by Colonel. After the apes suffer losses, Caesar finally gives in to his dark instinct and begins his quest for revenge.
His journey eventually brings him face-to-face with the Colonel to fight in a battle that will determine the fate of both species.
The movie also stars Judy Greer, Ty Olsson, Max Lloyd-Jones, Terry Notary and Aleks Paunovic. War for the Planet of the Apes opens on July 14.
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