New ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Trailers: War Has Already Begun [Updated]

Published 12 months ago by , Updated May 8th, 2014 at 12:22 pm,

[UPDATE: We’ve added a new international TV spot with more footage!]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to the 2011 release Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which gave the Planet of the Apes sci-fi franchise a fresh boost of energy at the box office, while restoring the faith of many critics and casual moviegoers in the Apes brand. Dawn picks up ten years after Rise, as human civilization has gone to pot across the globe, following the outbreak of the human laboratory-bred “Simian Flu” – giving rise to more intelligent non-human primates, who know finds themselves on the edge of full-out war against humanity for domination of the planet.

Previous Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailersTV spots, and images have not so subtly hinted that this volatile Cold War ends up heating up in this film, while the newly-released second theatrical preview shows apes and humans alike, collecting their weapons of choice and preparing to head into battle. More interesting, however, are the glimpses at the evolving ape culture in this new trailer; while Casesar (once again played via motion-capture by Andy Serkis) still appears to be the rare ape capable of human speech, we see that his fellow simians are now being taught how to read and write (among other things).

UPDATE: Check out a new international TV spot for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which includes additional footage not featured in the latest trailer:

Lastly, there’s a new international trailer that contains a bit more footage that didn’t make the cut in the second U.S. trailer:

Whereas the human sci-fi narrative elements were, arguably, the weakest parts of Rise of the Planet of the ApesDawn appears to offer a stronger human narrative – elevated by such talented characters actors as Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Gary Oldman (RoboCop), and Keri Russell (The Americans) – along with Caesar’s compelling identity struggle, due to him being a child of both worlds. Similarly, the darker color palate and cinematography by Michael Seresin (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) looks quite impressive in the latest trailer footage, suggesting this film could also be an improvement on its predecessors in the technical department as well.

dawn planet apes trailer caesar New Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Trailers: War Has Already Begun [Updated]

Andy Serkis as Caesar in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Dawn was directed by Matt Reeves, who has already demonstrated that he has a knack for using genre tropes to explore meaningful human stories, with the films Cloverfield and Let Me In. The only wild card factor right now, as I see it, is that the film’s shooting script draft was penned by Mark Bomback, whose screenplay contributions in the past have tended to favor empty spectacle over meaningful action and/or story development (see: his revisions for The Wolverine).


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in U.S. theaters on July 11th, 2014.

Source: 20th Century Fox

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  1. Excited for this movie. Hopefully it’s not a flop.

    • I’m going ape for this flick, bananas one might say. Now please pass the chimp-chow.

  2. I’m underwhelmed.

    • Really….? Honestly…?

      • I am also underwhelmed. The CGI does not look very good to my eyes.

        • Oh god I’m simple dying to know what gets you guys to just be whelmed. Let alone overwhelmed.

        • It’s bizarre how people base films on CGI rather than stories these days. *Sigh*

          • For many people, such as myself, bad CGI takes us right out of the moment, as the escapism is lost. The original Planet of the Apes, with people in costumes, looks, and therefore feels, more “real” than this clip.

        • yeah ? well no1 cares what you think

  3. This movie looks amazing. Its actually my most anticipated movie of the summer. The visual effects in this look even better.

  4. This looks absolutely fantastic! Definitely one of my most anticipated and it looks like Jason Clake will have a lot of screen time, so that’s already enough reason for me to go check it out.

  5. There’s is actually 2 trailers that dropped today. Both look amazing. I don’t know if I’m more excited for this or Godzilla now.

  6. Looks brilliant,cant wait.

  7. This movie is going to rock!

    • Naw, it’s gonna disco (I was brought up in the 70s and 80s).

  8. This looks absolutely awesome!

  9. Does anyone know what the trailer music is? I tried shazam a few times couldn’t pick it up. It was so cool!

      • That song doesn’t remotely sound like it.

        • I think you listed to the original “Id love to change the world” by ten years later. It is hard to find, but there is a cover version by Jetta. I found part of it at Allmusic. Do a search for “jetta change the world ” and then click the link to allmusic. The weird thing is that this song has the lyrics over it. Perhaps there is an instrumental version of it somewhere, or Jetta used this track as the base for its song. Anyway, I hope to find it all eventually.

          • Yeah thank you man for the link.
            I found the song but unable to find the instrumental version of it. Thank you, anyway.

  10. Apes on horseback – check. Apes with guns – check. Chimps in green tunics – still waiting. Ceaser speaking with the voice of Roddy McDowall – a must!

  11. Damn…Can not WAIT for this film to come out! Just incredible.

  12. Looking forward

  13. Sandy, The Wolverine was a pretty solid character piece, it was the action sequence at the end that let the movie down.

      • That’s possible but rather speculative I think. The Wolverine had what, 5 writers credited on it? Didn’t Aronofsky even put in his two cents?

        Either way, I find it hard to find consistent writers whether good or bad. David Benioff wrote the 1st Wolverine and that sucked hard, from a script and direction perspective, then he went on to do Game of Thrones. Small sample size but it seems there are lots of these examples.

        I don’t mean to rag on one small part of your write-up, just something that came to mind.

  14. I’m overwhelmed. Is that the opposite, in this case, of being underwhelmed?? Looks like a Pfister cinematography student. Beautifully shot. I think this movie will fly under the radar, financially, and be considered a sleeper in the over performing category.

  15. “Ape not kill Ape”….

    • Big nod to Battle for the Planet of the Apes there.

  16. Looks like crap. Another generic post-apocalyptic movie, but this time with talking monkeys.

    • Definitely agree on the “generic” part.

    • yet another “yet another” from a screenrant commenter.

    • What movie would be considered not generically post apocalyptic?? Anything outside of THX132, Soylent Green, 12 Monkeys and daresay, The Terminator, could be labeled as such. How about lower the critical expectation of big budget sci fi and enjoy the pure fact that it’s being made? (So glad I can post here negatively without being labeled pro/anti marvel/ DC :)

  17. This looks pretty great.
    It’s a small detail but I appreciate the fact that it’s only Ceaser talking and he’s still not talking really all that well. Like I said it’s only a small detail but I’m sure there were discussions about having him and other Apes talking all the time.
    It’s only been 10yrs, this is how it should be.

  18. Great trailer and this looks awesome. Kind of a dark horse for the summer though, not much hype so far but if it’s as good as it looks, it could be a huge hit.

  19. THe international trailer is even better. It’s over on CBM. This website is too slow to put anything up.

    • My bad, I’ve added that international trailer to the article now.

      • Good stuff

    • Sorry but no way the international trailer is not better than the domestic one, nowhere near it.

      • Ok clown.

  20. Is this really just going to be another cliche “misunderstanding-the-other-leads-to-war” movie?

    Hey Hollywood: Sometimes war breaks out because “the other” is, in fact, EVIL.

    Those complaints aside, I love the look of the movie, and I’m a fan of Matt Reeves as a director.

    • It looks like it, but it also looks like a lot more than that in terms of story and character. And I’m sure there are more reasons why the humans would want to attack a potentially threatening group of super intelligent apes.

  21. Easily the top non-superhero movie I’m anticipating this year. Actually tied with Godzilla but can’t wait for them both. This looks like it’s going to be awesome.

    • It’s already up there. My bad. Would recommend watching the Youtube trailer rather than the poor quality playwire one above.

  22. I’m whelmed, and I can’t see anything wrong if they keep these ‘Planet of the Apes,’ movies this AWESOME looking. I wish I was around when the originals we’re made, and I wonder what those fans think of these now? Does anyone know why James Franco didn’t come back to his role?

    • I’ve been wondering that myself. We do see him on an old vid that Ceasar plays on a Tablet or iPad, but yeah, like you & no doubt many others, the absence of James Franco seems odd, unnecessary & unfortunate for the fans & the story itself. Just the theme of emotional struggle making a decision for the sake of your people vs the connection & love for the person who defacto raised you is just one big plain waste.

      Franco can’t be in everything but he should have been in “Dawn”.