‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Character Posters; Trailer Arriving Next Week

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Character Posters Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Character Posters; Trailer Arriving Next Week

It’s been ten years since super-smart ape Caesar (Andy Serkis) just said no to a life of captivity and led a new race of intelligent apes in a mass escape into the wild, and Matt Reeves’ upcoming sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes finds the aptly-named leader living with his wife and child in a fledgling primate nation.

Caesar will face more challenges than simply teaching his followers how to talk and ride on horseback, however; the “Simian Flu” that boosted the apes’ IQ has crippled mankind’s population, and a nearby colony of surviving humans reach out to Caesar with an ill-fated offer of a peaceful alliance.

More details about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ plot will become available next week, as Twentieth Century Fox has announced that the trailer will be released on Wednesday, December 18th at 6AM PST. One way to pass the time until then is to check out these four new character posters for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which could probably make for pretty decent album cover artwork if you arranged them in a square. Maybe a CD full of cover versions of The Monkees’ greatest hits? We’ll work on the concept a bit more and get back to you.


Identifying the apes is a little tricky now that they’re all ten years older, but Caesar and Koba (Toby Kebbell) are definitely recognizable and one of the others could be Caesar’s old comrade Rocket (Terry Notary). Almost as significant as the faces themselves, however, is what’s on them: Caesar and his lieutenants are wearing war paint, a dark omen of their interactions with Drefyus (Gary Oldman), Malcolm (Jason Clarke) and the other human survivors going quickly downhill.

While designing a poster that’s simply a close-up of the main character’s face might seem done to death by this point, the facial animations for Caesar and the apes are an important selling point for this movie and, if it’s anything like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will likely be one of its greatest strengths. The 2011 prequel was one of the first movies to utilize innovative performance capture technology that translated the facial expressions of the actors onto the CGI ape visages with stunning accuracy and detail, bringing real life to the non-human characters.

Those who have seen Planet of the Apes (or can make deductions based on the title) will already be aware of how the conflict between the apes and the humans eventually plays out, but this early in the establishment of the new ape civilization the stakes are still very high. The species as a whole might survive this latest conflict, but how many of the apes in the above posters will survive with them?


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes arrives in theaters on July 11th, 2014.

Source: Twentieth Century Fox

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  1. Awesome posters. Loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes and I can’t wait to see this one.

  2. Onset of the Movie Titles with the Overuse of Prepositional Phrases

    • Agreement with the Comment with the Criticism of the Overuse of the Prepositional Phrases by the Author of the Article.

      • Haha! Why not go possessive and shorten it to “Apes’ Planet’s Dawn”?

        • Perhaps they should go Planet of the Apes: Before it went Ape Sh*&

      • “Hey, hey–we’re the Monkees….!”

  3. This movie will own 2014 rise of the planet of the apes was my favorite movie in 2011 and I believe dawn will be beyond amazing!!

  4. Were you thinking about album covers because of that one Gorillaz album, with the four boxed-in gorillas?


      Yes, he suffered a lethal overdose of bullets.

      • HA!

  5. I think the covers of the Monkees’ greatest hits would be a great idea! It would bring back and remind people of the Monkees, and because they were so successful in their prime, I have a feeling that people would be rushing to purchase the movie soundtrack!! A great movie + great music: what could be better?


    Yeah as H Shaw-Williams said Buck got shot a fair few times during his ass-kicking of the helicopter. Had to have a gorilla to be Caeser’s muscle though

    • Tarzen just called. He wants an autograph…!

  7. And is Maurice not making an appearence? Or is an orangutan face not really suited to the kind of imposing theme of these posters?

  8. I love this. These posters also show the technical level of the visual effects. They literally look photo realistic. I can not wait to see the trailer.

  9. Damn dirty assorted primates!

  10. why cant i post

  11. Yikes! Those near human eyes with that scowling painted face. That’s creepy. But very well done!! Bring on the dawn!!

  12. Those posters look like the mugshots of some of the guys from my old neighborhood near Chicago!

  13. the third primate looks like a gorilla. I know the silver back died while on the bridge. this is probably another one. can’t wait tho.

  14. Go to the YouTube site, and type into the site search space “Monkey sniffs finger”…hilarious videos that no doubt were outtakes from this movie (or if not, they should have been!).

  15. ‘Planet of the G Dubya’s’

  16. I missed Rise in the theaters. I will not miss this one. Very cool posters and I can’t wait to see the trailer.

  17. Why not just call it “DAWN OF THE APES?” I’m pretty sure everyone would already recognize the franchise just by that badass of a title.