Ben Affleck Batman

UPDATE 2/23/17: It looks like Matt Reeves will be directing The Batman after all. Warner Bros. officially announced the hire today, with president and chief content officer Toby Emmerich saying they were “thrilled” with the decision. The press release (which you can read here) oddly does not mention Ben Affleck, even though he officially remains on board to produce and star, but Erik Davis has confirmation from the studio that Affleck is still set to play Batman.

Our original story from 2/10/17 (with our update from 2/17/17) follows.
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Girl in War for the Planet of the Apes

There haven’t been too many overt nods to the original Planet of the Apes franchise in the new films. Caesar himself and the brief mention of the Icarus disappearing in Rise of the Planet of the Apes are the most obvious connections to the past, but Matt Reeves‘ upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes features one of the most prominent ties yet to the original series.

Below, find out which character is appearing in the sequel after the jump.

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war for the planet of the apes

Last week brought us our first trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, which sees Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes two years into a bitter war against the humans, led by the Colonel (Woody Harrelson). But I’ve been lucky enough to see a whole lot more than that, thanks to some incomplete footage screened at New York Comic-Con and at the Fox footage presentation last week. While at Comic-Con, I had the chance to sit down with director Matt Reeves and producer Dylan Clark to talk shooting in 65mm, working with Andy Serkis, the Western influence on the movie, the unexpected humor of it, and where the franchise might be headed next.

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Earlier this morning, 20th Century Fox released the first trailer for Matt ReevesWar for the Planet of the Apes. Let’s take a look at the trailer frame by frame and hopefully add some insight from our visit to the set. Hit the jump for the War for the Planet of the Apes trailer breakdown.

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war for the planet of the apes

By now, you’ve already seen the first trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, the next chapter in the prequel saga. But yesterday at a footage presentation in New York, we were treated to a little bit more than that. We got to check out a few lengthy clips from the film, albeit in unfinished form. One was the very first scene of the film, which establishes the ongoing conflict between humans and apes and introduces the human character played by Gabriel Chavarria. And the other introduces a new ape character, played by Steve Zahn. Click through for our detailed War for the Planet of the Apes footage recap.  Read More »

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On January 13th, 2016, I traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia Canada to visit the set of Matt ReevesWar for the Planet of the Apes. After the jump you’ll be able to read a round-up of everything I learned while on the War for the Planet of the Apes set visit. Elsewhere on this site you can read interviews with some of the producers and stars of the film.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer

It’s all been leading up to this. Rise of the Planet of the Apes showed us the unusual origins of Caesar (Andy Serkis), while Dawn of the Planet of the Apes chronicled his rise as a leader — and his struggle to keep the peace. Now the conflict between man and ape comes to a head in War for the Planet of the Apes, as Caesar faces off against an army of humans led by the Colonel (Woody Harrelson).

Meanwhile, Caesar is fighting another, more internal battle against his own darker instincts. And, well, it’s no spoiler to say this is probably going to turn out very, very badly for us humans. Watch the first War for the Planet of the Apes trailer below.  Read More »

War for the Planet of the Apes panel recap

Yesterday director Matt Reeves, producer Dylan Clark, and star Andy Serkis hit New York Comic-Con with the first footage from War for the Planet of the Apes. We’ve already recapped what we saw here, but in between those segments the trio also took some time to talk about what we can expect from the movie. To put it briefly: things are getting freakin’ dark. Read our War for the Planet of the Apes panel recap below.  Read More »

Planet of the Apes Prequels

Last night 20th Century Fox debuted the first teaser trailer and footage from War for the Planet of the Apes, the third film in the prequel franchise leading up to the events of the classic 1968 film starring Charlton Heston. As Angie Han’s recap of the trailer and footage revealed, humans and apes are in an all out war, but Caesar still wrestles with the compassion he has for humans, having been raised by them and even helped by a few of them at various points.

The first intelligent ape has been an emotional anchor for the whole series since it began with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but eventually he’ll have to die, whether at the hands of a human, or just because of old age. So when that time comes, will that be the end of the new Planet of the Apes prequels? According to franchise director Matt Reeves, the answer is no. Read More »

8 Movies That Inspired War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes is a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and a prequel to Planet of the Apes. But when it came time for Matt Reeves and Mark Bomback to write the script, the Apes movies were far from the only ones they looked to for inspiration. War for the Planet of the Apes is a war film, of course, but it’s also got shades of a Biblical epic and a Western drama. Below, let’s look at eight movies that inspired War for the Planet of the ApesRead More »