Spoilers for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes follow.
Is Koba dead? At the end of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Caesar revokes his ape status and sends him falling to his doom. But it's the kind of death seemingly designed to be escaped, the sort where you never see the body. Chinese site M Time interviewed Matt Reeves and asked him point blank if Koba is kaput, and we have the exclusive English translation for you:
You're one of the few people to ever mention that. That's pretty funny. Because I struggled with – 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.
Koba is a great villain, and his journey over the course of these two films has been tremendous. I'm not a huge fan of this sort of 'dead/not dead' stuff, but I do think that Koba could end up being a terrific archnemesis for Caesar in a third film, one that ends Caesar's story and opens the door for a new era of Planet of the Apes.
What do you think? Should Koba return in Planet of the Apes 3?