'War for the Planet of the Apes' Abandons Humanity In New Trailer

'War for the Planet of the Apes' Abandons Humanity In New Trailer

By Robert Dougherty Mar 31, 2017 11:13 AM
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

Much has changed since the first War for the Planet of the Apes trailer three months ago, with director Matt Reeves now in line to helm The Batman next. Regardless of how much this sequel in a reboot franchise helped him land the start of another reboot franchise, the latest trailer further makes the case for Reeves and for a big ending to his first blockbuster series.

There's no official word on whether this is really the final battle between ape and man, yet the opening voiceovers from the last two Apes films and the massive clashes that follow paint an aura of brutal finality.

The battle for the planet is mainly between Andy Serkis's increasingly hardened Caesar and Woody Harrelson's barely human Colonel. But there are other notable participants, including a new big eyed ape voiced by Steve Zahn, a little human girl confirmed to be the young version of Planet of the Apes' Nova, and even a few apes collaborating against their own kind.

Nearly 50 years of mythology, sequels and reboots makes it clear who the ultimate winner has to be, however. Yet it may be too late for Caesar to truly win, as his losses pile up and his "darker instincts" start to take over, according to the official synopsis. In fact, the ape mantra "Apes together strong!" that plays in the trailer is actually a voiceover from when the evil Koba screamed it in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, further hinting at Caesar becoming the vengeful human-hating ape he had to kill years ago.

In that context, Caesar may well be a fitting warm-up for Reeves before he tackles The Batman afterwards. It is still unclear when that blockbuster will launch or be released, even if Reeves' forthcoming blockbuster makes the wait feel even longer.

In any case, War for the Planet of the Apes will be held in theaters on July 14.

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Tags: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017), Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Matt Reeves, Steve Zahn, Planet of the Apes
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