One of the biggest surprises over the last few years has been how well Fox's reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise has been. Rise of the Planet of the Apes introduced audiences to Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his human like qualities, but it was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that pushed it to the next level. Caesar had developed a colony of advanced apes outside of post-apocalyptic San Francisco, and their unexpected run in with the remaining humans started to lay the groundwork for what was to come. War for the Planet of the Apes will see the humans and apes partake in a war for control over Earth.
By the looks of the first trailer, it is clear that director Matt Reeves has elevated the Planet of the Apes franchise yet again to new heights - as he turns his focus directly to the conflict of species. The hopeful summer hit of next year recently started its marketing campaign, which has now brought out the first international trailer.
Comic Book has posted the trailer that plays very similar to the first War for the Planet of the Apes trailer that was released last week. It is shorter overall, but still has the necessary beats to get the message across. The war teased at the end of Dawn is in full swing and the only way it will end is in conquering victory for either party.
When it comes to new pieces of footage shown in the trailer, the most notable comes from the attack on the apes' main base. A kill order has been placed on Caesar's head, but as he has proven time and time again, he is much smarter than anticipated. Not only does he appear to take on a soldier or two, but proceeds to find an earpiece to listen in on their plan, all before making a charge at The Colonel (Woody Harrelson).
Harrelson should provide Caesar and the franchise as a whole a completely different antagonist to explore. Both Rise and Dawn dealt with human conflict in various levels, but neither had the main villain come as a human. Koba is not coming back, and while there might be a small faction of apes that do not fully endorse Caesar as their leader, the conflict should be focused on the power struggle between The Colonel and Caesar. Hopefully Harrelson is given a sizable amount of screen time to shed light on his point of view. That said, as long as the film has as much war as it already appears and their is a memorable confrontation between the two leaders, this should be a fitting end to the new Apes trilogy.
Source: Comic Book
- War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) release date: Jul 14, 2017