Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hit the home video market this week, and with all of that, there’s been a lot of focus on the future of the rebooted franchise. And with all of the talk of star Andy Serkis possibly being nominated for end-of-the-year awards for his performance, despite the fact that he delivers his whole turn from beneath layers and layers of digital camouflage, there’s been even more to discuss. Matt Reeves directed Dawn, and will be back for the as-yet-untitled third chapter, and has been sharing vague glimpses at what we can expect to see.
One of the most stunning moments in Dawn is when Caesar (Serkis) sends Koba (Toby Kebbell) to his death. The apes are much more developed as characters than their human counterparts, and this is one of the most emotional moments of the film, especially for a culture where the most defining, concrete rule is “Ape shall not kill ape.” This is a big decision for Caesar, and something that is going to dog the leader as long as he survives, especially as he declares that Koba is no longer an ape, removing his connection to the community, essentially stripping him of any identity. Talking to JoBlo, Reeves shared his thoughts on the continuing impact of that decision.