Get your stinking paws off the refresh button, you damn dirty apes! The "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" trailer will arrive online later today, but no amount of button-pushing will make it arrive any sooner.
Instead, let's ease off the keyboard and use these final "Dawn"-free hours to think about what the brand-new "Apes" trailer might look like. What secrets will be revealed? How much of an apes-led society will Fox allow us to see at this early stage? Honestly, any amount of "Apes" will satisfy us, but here are a few specifics we'd like to see in the new trailer:
(Some Of) A Whole New World
In "Dawn," about ten years have passed since the events of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." One assumes that the plague seen at the end of "Rise" has taken its toll on mankind, and one assumes that the Caesar-led smart-apes have evolved even further. Let's confirm or kill these assumptions with the new trailer, but not at the expense of killing the mystery. In other words, scrap the deep-dive, narration-heavy explanations so many trailers lean on these days. A brief, visual tease of the world that Caesar now inhabits is all we need.
We need the big gun, if no one else. Andy Serkis' should-have-been-Oscar-nominated portrayal of Caesar was one of 2011's best performances, and it's the number one reason we're excited for "Dawn." Again, we don't need too much, but we need something good — something as good as that menacing stare from the first "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" trailer.
The Human Angle
Serkis aside, the cast for "Dawn" is outrageously good. Future John Connor actor Jason Clarke takes over leading man duties from last film's star, James Franco, with Keri "Felicity" Russell and Gary "Bring Me Everyone" Oldman also on board. Our anticipation for their story is almost as high as our anticipation for the apes — almost. If the "Dawn" trailer eases down on the human side of things in favor of a stronger ape flavor, we won't complain.
Not Much Else
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" came out of the gate with a jam-packed power-house trailer, because, quite simply, it needed to. The title was (and remains) ridiculous, and the memories of Tim Burton's ill-fated "Planet of the Apes" were fresher in most young moviegoers' minds than any fondness for the original "Apes" films. But those concerns are gone, even if the ridiculous title isn't. "Dawn" doesn't have anything to prove right now, because "Rise" has set the bar. With a strong world, cast and crew already in place, "Dawn" has all the right ingredients to get our butts in theater seats when the film arrives next year. For now, with today's trailer, all we need is a little tease to keep us going until next summer.
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" hits theaters on July 11, 2014.