War For The Planet Of The Apes Featurette Explores Caesar’s Legacy

The fearless ape leader Caesar was first introduced to us back in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The character has been through quite a lot even over the course of just two films. With so much backstory – and War for the Planet of the Apes roaring into theaters in just a few weeks – 20th Century Fox has given fans a brief recap of Caesar’s life and legacy.

In Rise, Caesar was rescued as baby by scientist Dr. Will Rodman (James Franco). This was only after the humans killed Caesar’s seemingly unstable mother, who was acting angry only for the protection of her newborn baby. Rodman decided to take Caesar into his home – and raised him until the ape was eventually discovered and put into an animal shelter full of his own kind. After being severely abused in the shelter, Caesar lead the other apes in a massive outbreak – causing massive havoc and destruction in San Francisco. And that’s only the beginning.

2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an even darker story. However, with the intelligent and righteous Caesar always been front-and-center, it’s hard not to say invested even with the dour tone. But get ready because War for the Planet of the Apes looks to be putting the stakes of the apes, humans, not to mention the entire world, on the line.

No one thought the Apes franchise could come back as spectacularly as it did after decades of idleness. But both Rise and Dawn have been financial and critical success, and the early buzz for War has been even better. The stunning animation, thoughtful and provocative storylines, all the while keeping the original series in-mind has made this rebooted trilogy one of the most captivating in recent memory. So if you’re planning on seeing War but missed the first two installments, check out the new featurette below. The poster is pretty good, too.

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War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on July 14th, 2017.

Source: 20th Century Fox

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The Batman Director Reveals Christopher Nolan’s Influence On The Film

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy marked a new beginning in not only the comic book genre, but Hollywood in general. Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises proved that big-budget comic book movies can be more than just dumb entertainment. Nolan elevated the genre to a point where both a director’s personal vision and the studio’s requirements molded into something that everyone could enjoy. And since then, the director’s iconic style has clearly influenced the now-booming comic book genre in more ways than one.

The latest big screen version of the Caped Crusader – played by Ben Affleck in the ever-expanding DC Extended Cinematic Universe – is luckily trying to set itself apart from Nolan’s vision. However, that doesn’t mean his acclaimed trilogy has been completely forgotten for a brand-new formula. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League director Zack Snyder previously revealed how he drew inspiration from Nolan’s trilogy, and now it seems another filmmaker has gone down a similar route.

War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is attached to helm the upcoming solo movie about the Caped Crusader, titled The Batman. The film has already had some development issues, but now it seems like it may finally be on track. One reassuring aspect about The Batman, however, is Reeves’ genuine respect and admiration for Nolan. In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Reeves revealed how Nolan found ways to expand the genre without hindering the big-budget nature of the films.

“What I love that [Nolan] did was that he took the genre seriously. What studios are willing to make at the moment is a very, very narrow band of films. What I discovered is that this genre has the potential to be about something more. You can use the metaphors of the genre to talk about [a lot].”

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Reeves went on to discuss how Nolan managed to keep his personal style across all three films – which is especially tough since most studio movies don’t always see the merit in maintaining that aspect.

“I think the other thing that I really admire in what [Nolan] did was knowing what it is to make a big studio film, which often can fall into that sense of committee filmmaking where there’s an anonymity to the point of view of the film.”

There’s still a lot of unknowns at this point about The Batman. There have been rumors galore about various characters possibly appearing, script rewrites, amongst others. What fans can relax about is definitely having someone as smart as Reeves behind the camera. His phenomenal work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, not to mention the aforementioned upcoming sequel, it’s clear he has a keen eye for how to produce a blockbuster that’s more than just summer entertainment. Let’s hope Warner Bros. lets him maintain that refreshing mentality.

The Batman is currently without a release date, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Yahoo! Movies