Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apesp—a sequel to a prequel—is quickly approaching, and while there is still more than a month to go until the movie opens, the promotional push is in full swing. I’ve actually seen more TV ads for this movie than I have anything else this summer (except Edge of Tomorrow, which you all need to go see this weekend). 20th Century Fox has unveiled a new poster, and it should be suitably epic to get you pumped up.
This image, which first appeared at IGN, shows the leader of the genetically enhanced apes, Caesar (Andy Serkis in a motion capture monkey suit), atop a mighty steed, a rifle raised above his head, rallying his troops for battle. This obviously hints at the impending clash between the apes and their human counterparts, and as ferocious as they look, this isn’t a crew that most of us really want to tangle with, they look pissed the hell off.
The background of the poster is a little strange. You see the city of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge both in flames, but from what we know of the set up, this is not the case. The action in Dawn takes place a full ten years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes. In the interim, a particularly nasty virus has decimated the human population. The accompanying novel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm recounts the riots and chaos that accompany the fall of society, but by the time this movie takes place, that should all be a part of the past. It is entirely possible that I’m reading far too much into this, and the imagery was selected because it looks badass.
In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a group of survivors led by Malcolm (Jason Clarke), tries to find a place to settle down. They strike up a tenuous accord with Caesar and his band, even bonding with them to a degree, proving to the apes that not all humans are out to hurt them. But we all know that this harmony is not destined to last, and as we’ve seen in most of the teasers, trailers, and TV spots, this peace comes crumbling down as ape and man come into conflict. One side has to win, and since this is the Planet of the Apes franchise we’re talking about, we have a pretty good idea about who comes out on top.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also stars Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Judy Greer, and Toby Kebbell, and opens everywhere in 3D on July 11.