You might not believe it based on the news cycle this week, but there are actually things happening that don’t involve Star Wars, Godzilla, or Syfy announcing more new series than they have run collectively during the entire existence of the network. As if to emphasize that point, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has taken to Instagram to remind us that 1) there are damn dirty apes in our not-too-distant future, and 2) they look really pissed off. Check out all those hairy eyeballs up top.
Yes, lest we forget, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is still looking pretty badass, and the Instagram teaser points out that we’re going to get a full new Apes trailer next Thursday, May 8. That’s smart putting it later in the week, given that Sunday is May 4…or May the Fourth, as it will be called in countless stories about it being so-called “Star Wars Day.” Scuttlebutt says another big Episode VII announcement is due on that day, perhaps regarding the rumored last unannounced female role.
As for what we get in the all-too-brief Instagram teaser, it’s pretty much apes all the way down. Well, we also get a quick shot of Jason Clarke’s Malcolm — it looks like it’s from the point in the movie where he travels to the ape camp in the Muir Woods and delivers that whole “I need to speak to Caesar!” line we heard in the earlier trailers. That scene may be one of the more important ones in the entire film since, as the film begins, the human and ape populations near San Francisco have been studiously avoiding each other for the eight years since a virus wiped out much of humanity. I think we can be fairly certain in saying, this reunion is going to go poorly.
The “ape cavalry” looks to be a major element in the brewing conflict, as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes just can’t get enough of showing us Caesar and his simian cohorts on horseback. That same sliding reveal that opens the Instagram teaser was also featured in the TV spot we saw about a month ago, and it’s certainly a striking visual. Far more than they ever did in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar’s band looks bloody intimidating, between the war paint and the pointy sticks and the “We’re going to pull your arms out of their sockets” glares. I’m guessing the answer to the hypothetical question of “Can’t we all just get along?” would be a resounding “Fuck you, human.”
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will swing into theaters on July 11. Below is that TV spot I mentioned, to help hold you over until next Thursday, when the apes will ride again.