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Vahn Gharakhani

Most of us movie fans loved Dawn of the Planet of the Apes! A lot of us also loved Koba as the villain. Koba is and will be probably one of the better villains to hit screens in the recent years. As we recently saw in the climax of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Koba was let go by Caesar and apparently killed when hitting the crane and falling down. But did he really die? Those of you who stayed during the credits, you remember that there was no post-credits scene. However, there was the sound of apes when the score faded away as the credits reached their end. One of those ape sounds actually may indicate Koba’s survival. An interviewer from a Japanese website caught the small easter egg and asked Director Matt Reeves about it and he didn't deny the claim and actually enforced it.

Reeves said...

“I thought that Toby Kebbell gave such an incredible performance. And I thought he was so powerful and I thought God you don't find a villain who has got that great a story. Because as you said he was not really formed as a villain, he's really a tragic figure. And I thought God, he's amazing let's leave open the possibility, let's create the door of a possibility if we find a story that becomes worth telling that we can go down that path again because I thought the vein was so rich. And so I actually had been working on a version where you could actually see him survive and I realized that it wasn't – it was Caesar's movie and it was undercutting the whole idea. It sort of felt cheap. And so as we were mixing I was like I want to just leave one tiny Easter egg right at the end. I want to leave open the door just the tiniest crack. So you found the crack."

Kebbell as Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Kebbell as Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

If he should return, that would be amazing and great sides plot during the war of apes and the humans. But how do you bring Koba back without repeating the same thing in the previous installment? As Reeves said, you don't waste a performance like Toby Kebbell, who is undeniably one of the greater adversaries that we have seen on the big screen in a while. Other than that, I have a pretty convincing theory.

Koba isn’t going to care about Caesar anymore. He's going to be like, “fine they're going to war I'll create my own army and we will kill humans and also the apes to stand in our way” It's going to be about races or species in this case. There aren't many humans left as far as we know and they'll be eradicated. In the original Planet of the Apes the dominant species were the gorillas. Koba is not a full chimp. Koba is a bonobo so he's most likely going around to convince the dominant species to take over the weaker ones or in this point of time the bonobos taking over everybody else. By the end of Dawn, Koba had the mentality that it wasn't about the loyalty it was about the more dominant person. I believe that's what he's going to do after the humans or even while the humans are getting wiped out. He knows that there are going to be those loyal apes that will keep the innocent humans alive and he does want that, so he's going to make sure that the dominant species take care of the rebels. As we've seen, it's also kind of the Julius Caesar story. Koba is Brutus and eventually he's going to get his troops to assassinate Caesar because if they ever want to carry-on to what eventually happens, "Planet of the Apes", Caesar's mentality of kindness towards humans must be extinguished.

Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

But what do you guys think? Would you like Koba to return in Planet of the Apes 3? Are you glad that Matt Reeves wasn’t hiding the hint of his return? What do you think about my theories on how Koba is going to be used, if returned? What ever you think; comment below let us know!


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