Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which opens today, tells of how the enhanced apes, led by Caesar, strive with humans for supremacy in a disease ravaged world. Apparently there is one scene where a human youth bonds with an orangutan over…
??? Charles Burns’ sinister, haunting graphic novel about a disfiguring plague that affects 70s teens. The story would seem so have a few allusions to the Apes storyline, and it’s the kind of big thick book you might carry around with you in a monkey apocalypse s it all seems plausible. You can actually watch the scene above and read about Burns’ reaction here.
RotPotA director Matt Reeves is NOT one of the many helmers over the years rumored to be directing an actual Black Hole movie—among them David Fincher—but he must have a fondness for the book, which is along the top 25 graphic novels of all times, in my humble opinion.
At any rate, the scene in the much-liked revamped Apes franchise is also a nice homage to the older Apes movies, including the scene in the original where Taylor and Nova laugh over a page of Snuffy Smith; the mutants in Beneath the PLanet of the Apes being obsessed with Fletcher Hanks’ Stardust; and of course the famous scene in Battle for the Planet of the Apes where Caesar travels to the Archives of the Forbidden Zone to learn about what destroyed human civilization and finds a copy of Spider-Man: More More Day.
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