Rise of the Planet of the Apes was way better than most of us expected a reboot of our beloved man-versus-ape franchise would be. It wound up being one of the better films of 2011. And because that film was a damn good time, we’re now excited to see what the team can do with the follow up, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Caesar (Andy Serkis) and company aren’t due to take over theaters until July 18, 2014, but as we know, it’s never too early to start the hype machine. And San Diego Comic-Con only comes around once a year. Following that logic, 20th Century Fox took to the sunny Southern California environs and revealed this new sinister new poster for their latest foray into the Ape uprising.
In the first film we witnessed the human-aided evolution of the apes. James Franco doomed us all, and our children, to a life of servitude to a bunch of smart-ass chimps. Thanks, dick. In the second movie, we see a nation of these genetically enhanced apes, led by Caesar, living on their own. Like with any new state, it is not always a peaceful time, which is illustrated by the image on this poster.
The black and blood red color scheme gives this one sheet a sinister appearance. Considering the rest of the picture is an armed ape, on horseback, superimposed over a burning building, ominous is definitely what they were going for. After all, we know the end result is going to be ape supremacy, and since coups aren’t usually all sunshine, lollipops, and hugs, we’re in for a violent time of it.
In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar’s ape nation reaches an uneasy peace with a collection of humans that survived the virus that was unleashed years earlier, and that killed off much of the human race. But you know the fragile accord isn’t going to last for very long, a after a short time, the two sides come to the brink of war in order to determine who gets to be the dominant species on planet Earth.
The first film breathed some life back into the franchise after Tim Burton’s 2001 attempt to restart the franchise left a bad taste in many of our mouths, and we’re hoping that director Matt Reeves’ second take will continue this trend.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Toby Kebbell, Kirk Acevedo, and Judy Greer.