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This last weekend saw an explosion in Comic-Con information. Sure, most of it concerned superheroes and their geeky ilk, but there was also footage and panels of some highly anticipated big screen blockbusters.

Take for example Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. ' reboot sequel might not be as present in Comic-Con obsessed minds as The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but to those who loved 's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the panel and its associated footage might be one of the most exciting things to come out of SDCC. Oh Chimpanzee that!

Obviously, the footage for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was only shown to those lucky few who were able to gain access to the panel, and therefore it has yet to make it online. However, thanks to sites such as ComicBookMovie, Collider and CinemaBlend, we can get a pretty good idea of what went down.

ComicBookMovie provide the following quick description of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Comic-Con footage:

We see the ruins of humanity. It's eight years later. Four years spent fighting the virus and four years spent "fighting each other". Clarke's character, dressed almost in a Dark Tower Gunfighter-style costume steps through the Redwood Forest. He shouts out that he wants to speak with Caesar. We pull back from Caesar. He looks much older with grey hairs. Behind him is an army of apes. Cut to the title and that's it for Apes.

However, Collider provide even more information, especially regarding 's opening monologue (or as CinemaBlend call it, his "screaming rant"):

The fairly short reel of footage focused mostly on the humans, as we were treated to shots of the post-apocalyptic society while Gary Oldman's character made a sort of rallying speech... There's a great deal of intensity brewing, and we saw some fleeting images of Oldman firing a gun, structures overrun with grass, and Clarke’s character hiding behind a wall.

Collider added the footage was reminiscent of the style presented in John Hillcoat's The Road, and concluded:

The final shot of the footage opened close on the eyes of a fully-rendered Caesar sporting a bit of white war paint on his face and chest, and it slowly pulled back to reveal Caesar flanked by a number of other apes, with Caesar holding a staff in his hand and signaling for the other apes to hold. His face is intense, and as he drops his hand to signal a "charge," the footage cut to black and revealed the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes logo.

So there you have it. In the eight years that has passed since the end of Rise, it seems Caeser has almost all but forgotten his former ties to humanity. The panel also revealed much of Dawn would concern itself with the rising Ape kingdom, in particular Caeser and his growing family.

What do you think? Does this footage sound promising to you? Let me know in the comments section below.

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