Neither Rise nor Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has much in the way of comedy, so it shouldn’t be all that difficult for War to be “funnier” than its predecessors as a result. One of the characters that Reeves said will bring more levity to the proceedings in War for the Planet of the Apes is “Bad Ape” – a chimp who is rescued from a zoo and played via mo-cap performance by Steven Zahn. Zahn has already promised in interviews past that his character’s funnier antics won’t feel out of place in the film either, having explained that “Bad Ape” simply “comes off a little bit more humorous,” after years of being in captivity.
Some moments of humor from “Bad Ape” could help to offset the more dramatic and intense elements of War of the Planet of the Apes, thus preventing the movie from being overly gritty and dour for its own sake. Blockbusters such as Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and Captain America: Civil War – to use two recent examples – have successfully found ways to integrate humor organically into their darker plot beats, through the interactions between different characters. If the new Planet of the Apes film can manage the same, then it may only help rather than hinder the film’s storytelling approach, as a whole.