There's a worry that extending the Apes series beyond Caesar's arc could do the same, and the allure of the motion-capture special effects, brought to life by Gollum himself, Andy Serkis, could wear off. But for a guy like Reeves, who knows the whiz bang pow whizzes, bangs, and pows even louder when complex characters you care about are involved, there's a tug from the Apes franchise that can't be denied. Nor can the returns; Rise for the Planet of the Apes $481 million worldwide. Dawn followed up with $710 million. War is expected to go out with an even bigger total.
The beauty of Apes, and why a second trilogy could triumph, is that they don't seem to be held back by fans or reverence. Unlike Iron Man, no one is clamoring for a faithful adaptation of Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel, La Planète des Singes, the tome that started it all. Anything could happen, even more so with Caesar out of the picture. And if it's anything like humanity, the ape civilization could all go to hell -- that's worth a watch.