Is Gary Oldman The Hero of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?

By bill - February 11, 2014

pota-caesar-featWill the upcoming Apes sequel focus on the humans who survived the Simian Flu?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is near the top of my must-see list this summer already, but Gary Oldman’s comments about the film have me more intrigued than ever.  While promoting RoboCop, Oldman described his character to MTV.

The leader of a group of human survivors, Oldman and his allies apparently discover the ape colony lead by Caesar, thought to have been destroyed.  As he explained:

“They discover that there’s a whole community of apes living there. We believed they were all completely fire-bombed and wiped out…He’s experienced a great loss, personally, and there’s only one answer for him and that’s to wipe them out. I see him as a sort of the hero of the piece.”

I’d venture the guess that Oldman is positioning his character’s mentality as the new nemesis to Caesar, but it will be interesting if the two warring species aren’t painted in blacks and whites.  The smaller scale of this story also seems to work; we don’t need each installment of the series to be as massive and wide-reaching as Rise, especially considering the end result of that movie.  A smaller, more isolated story feels right as a follow up.

My hopes remain high for this one.

Source: Badass Digest


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