The comparison to what Christopher Nolan did with Batman Begins (and its two sequels) is quite apt, as both franchises took a more grounded and nuanced approach to the sci-fi source material. Both also had the daunting task of gaining back the audience’s trust after the former iterations of the respective film series became mired in camp and absurdity. Many movie goers were skeptical about the prospects of an arresting Batman or Planet of the Apes film, yet each subsequent installment has garnered the people behind the films more praise (and a sizable return on their investment).
The final line of Clark’s quote is also telling. While he could be talking about any number of bad remakes (we should know, as we’ve catalogued quite a few), it’s hard not to imagine that he’s speaking of Tim Burton’s not-so-hot 2001 take on Planet of the Apes franchise. Let’s hope that War for the Planet of the Apes makes it a hat-trick for the studio.