Remember the classic scene at the end of Planet of the Apes? Where Charlton Heston is on the beach and sees something off camera before breaking down in a seething rage… camera pans up and there it is, the Statue of Liberty, destroyed and sticking out of the sand. Simple. Iconic. Devastating.
Well it seems that we almost got to see the origins of the events that led to that iconic moment in this summer past’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Artist Brian Cunningham has said that an ending was planned where an old Caesar would have been seen looking out over a Manhattan: “pull back to reveal he’s observing Manhattan on fire from the back of a badly damaged Statue of Liberty….. a nod the the Charlton Heston scene from the original.”
This sounds awesome and would be a great throwback to the original, but maybe we didn’t see it because we have more to see of Caesar’s story before it gets to that stage?
Who knows, we may yet see it in one of the future movies…
Editors’s note: correction – the original story said this ending was for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, not Dawn as we’ve said above we’ve amended this in the title our bad Thanks to @DaGeekyNerd for the catch (Marc)