First ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Image: Hail King Caesar

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Super-powered mutants dominated much of the show during 20th Century Fox’s panel at the 2013 International Comic-Con in San Diego, but before Hugh Jackman and his fellow X-Men took the stage – to promote The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past – the audience members in Hall H got a sneak peek at the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: the followup to the critically and financially-successful rebooting prequel (i.e. “requel”), Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

The Comic-Con panel included never-before-seen footage from the next Planet of the Apes installment, which revealed the first-look at an older and wiser Caeser – once again brought to life by Andy Serkis via motion-capture performance – who, in the film, has spent the last decade ruling as head of the newly-evolved intelligent ape kingdom. Fox has since released an image of Caesar online, for the millions out there who couldn’t make it to San Diego this weekend.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) introduced the footage, which showed a post-apocalyptic society – reminiscent of those in films like The Road and such TV shows as Revolution and The Walking Dead – in the aftermath of a man-made virus having ravaged the human population (as teased in the final scene and end credits from Rise…). Gary Oldman was then revealed to be playing a rough n’ tough leader of a surviving human faction, as the footage showed him firing his gun and talking about how humanity spent four years fighting the virus (followed by four years of “fighting each other”).

Thereafter, Jason Clarke – as a fellow scrappy authoritative figure it seems – was shown to have entered the Redwood Forest from the previous film (located on the outskirts of San Francisco), where he called out that he wants to speak to Caesar. The final shot began as a closeup of a fully-rendered Caesar’s eyes, before it then pulled out wider to reveal him and his fellow apes (preparing to meet Clarke, presumably), followed by the dramatic cut to the title logo.

Check out (King?) Caesar and his ape army from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:

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 First Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Image: Hail King Caesar

The Oscar-nominated visual effects from Weta Digital in Rise of the Planet of the Apes were something to behold, in terms of how they complimented Serkis’ performance as Caesar with rich organic details; unfortunately, the moving apes in that film tended to not reach that same level of tangibility or believability.

On the plus side, the grizzled Caesar (decked out in war paint) looks as convincing as his younger counterpart – and there’s no reason to doubt that Serkis will deliver the goods performance-wise – not to mention, the apes in the sequel ought to be more impressive in motion, seeing how many of them were portrayed by Cirque du Soleil artists (who should be more adapt at making their actions and movement seem authentic).

Other points of interest that were covered by Reeves, along with Serkis, Clarke and costar Keri Russell, in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Comic-Con panel include:

  • Caesar, in the film, has a family, complete with a child and wife (the latter, presumably, is being played by Judy Greer).
  • The story is, once again, very Caesar-centric, but this time it examines the character within the context of the ape world (i.e. where he is king). Furthermore, the narrative is much larger-scale in general this time around.
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will continue to bridge the gap between Rise and the original Plant of the Apes movie, but Reeves says the film is more character-oriented and psychological than plot-driven.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in U.S. theaters on July 18th, 2014.

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  1. Really looking forward to seeing this, would like to see fox get on with the show with both a Paradise, and a Predators sequels.

  2. He looks like if Clint Eastwood was a chimp….and that’s awesome

    • I love Clint, and I like Caesar, but the latter looks nothing like the former. A strange comparison, as I just don’t see it at all.

      • @Jeff.

        See what happens when you become leader of the apes?

        It takes its toll on you.

        Being leader of the apes aint easy.

    • Lol he really does now that I think about it great point man lol

  3. This is gonna be awesome!

    • You should of said “This is gonna be bananas.” It would of been a good pun. Related to both your name and the movie.

  4. I think it’s will be great loved the first be really excited for this

  5. Despite all of these recent incarnations, nothing has come close to the magic or quality of the original Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston. Still, I did like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and I am optimistic about this one. The remake with Mark Wahlberg, however, was mediocre at best.

  6. Count me In!!!!

  7. Holy shít. He looks old, I mean how many passed since the last movie?

    • 15 years.

  8. Something smells funky!
    Must be a monkey!

  9. Marky Mark ruined the first one, and Franco ruined the second. The effects were great, but the leads were horrible. Wont bother with this one. already disappointed twice.

    • Franco is the reason I planned to avoid Rise because I’ve never rated him as an actor and he (along with Seth Rogen, Michael Cera and Shia LeBeouf) gives off an aura that makes me really want to punch him in the face.

      Saying that, I went on a whim and loved it.

    • Franco ruined it? Really? I don’t know about that but you’re definitely entitled to your opinion. It wasn’t like he was really the lead in my opinion.

  10. I loved Rise….really looking forward to this. I saw Rise on HBO…I’ll give this one a try in theatres.

  11. Sad thing is that neither the director nor the screenwriters from the first one are back, they said they did not want to rush the second one and make it a good story but Fox decided against that and rushed it into production. That worries me

    • thats why i scratched it off my i would pay premium price to watchlist.
      when film-makers disappear because they want to do a quality picture and fox says “nah we will put out any dribble with planet of apes name on it and make some quick money.” thats a HUGE red flag.

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