Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes hints at the impact of Caesar’s legacy with a small detail in its trailer that calls back to the precursor trilogy.
- The Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes trailer hints at a different world and a new protagonist, but a symbol from Caesar’s legacy serves as a reminder of the past.
- Caesar may be gone, but his presence and legacy will play a significant role in the upcoming film, as different tribes interpret his teachings in different ways.
- The use of Caesar’s symbol by an ally character showcases his transformation into a mythic figure and sets the stage for an intriguing new phase in the franchise.
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One detail in the Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes trailer underscores the upcoming film’s connection to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. After the Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy ended on a satisfying note, it’s something of a gamble for Fox and Disney to risk tarnishing the franchise’s legacy with a new installment. However, the upcoming Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes seems to be in safe hands with new director Wes Ball.
The trailer for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes primes audiences for a very different world from the one depicted in the very first Planet of the Apes reboot installment, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Not only have apes finally taken full control of the planet, but the reboot trilogy’s protagonist, Caesar, is long gone. The series is taking a big risk in proceeding without its principal character in a nearly unrecognizable setting, but a subtle detail carries a reminder of the past.
Caesar’s Window Symbol Returns In Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Eagle-eyed fans spotted a sharp detail in the Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes trailer that brings the preceding reboot trilogy to mind. As the new protagonist, Cornelius, speaks with a wise orangutan in the trailer’s opening moments, a symbol in the diamond shape of Caesar’s attic window from Rise of the Planet of the Apes can be seen hanging from the orangutan’s neck. The symbol, which another fan spotted (via Reddit) fashioned out of branches above Caesar’s treetop home in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, was co-opted by Caesar into a symbol of freedom for his burgeoning Ape nation in the reboot trilogy.
Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Symbol Is A Sign Of Caesar’s Legacy
Caesar may be long gone in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, which reportedly takes place several generations later, but his presence will be deeply felt in the upcoming film. Indeed, the director of the new installment, Wes Ball, has confirmed that the new film will focus on Caesar’s legacy. Decades after Caesar delivered the apes to freedom, the civilization has become fractured into different tribes; one such tribe is wielding corrupted versions of Caesar’s teachings to justify a campaign of war and ape slavery.
Yet Caesar’s symbol is being worn by a character who is presumably an ally. It’s thus clear that Caesar has become something of a prophet, one whose legacy means different things to different people. It’s a fascinating choice for the franchise, one that rewards the audience’s investment in Caesar over the course of the reboot trilogy. Caesar’s transcendence into a mythic figure is a satisfying evolution and an interesting launching point for the next phase of the franchise. It’s still unclear whether Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will live up to the heights of the reboot trilogy, but evidence of sharp and thoughtful worldbuilding is an encouraging sign.
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- Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Release Date: 2024-05-24 Director: Wes Ball Cast: Kevin Durand, Freya Allan, Peter Macon, Owen Teague, Eka Darville, Sara Wiseman, Neil Sandilands Rating: r Genres: Action, Sci-Fi Writers: Patrick Aison, Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver Studio(s): 20th Century, Chernin Entertainment, Oddball Entertainment, Shinbone Productions Distributor(s): 20th Century Sequel(s): Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes prequel(s): Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes Franchise(s): Planet of the Apes