Is Koba Dead In ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’?


During the NYCC panel for War for the Planet of the Apes, an audience member posed the question of “Is Koba dead” to director Matt Reeves, and producer Dylan Clark. Reeves seemed reluctant to say yes to the question, an easy answer should the character actually be deceased. Clark however had a more definite response:

“He’s dead.”

Yet Reeves still seemed to be unsure and was bothered by Clark’s definitive answer regarding the subject. The response was interesting, as no straight answer was given by Reeves, leaving the possibility for Koba’s return in the future. What we do know for sure is Koba’s presence will be felt heavily by Caesar in the film, and maybe the idea of Koba is what survived rather than Koba himself. As the film takes place two years after Dawn, the war has been raging for quite some time now and Caesar has felt many losses on the apes side. Due to this, he is in a very low place when the movie begins.

“Caesar will come to understand why Koba felt the way he did, and the question is whether [Caesar] can overcome the darkness within him when Koba could not,” said Reeves. “The war in this movie is both within and out of Caesar.”

“Caesar loses empathy in this movie, it’s the most psychologically intense of the three for him,” said Andy Serkis.

“His desire for revenge becomes obsessive, he reaches a threshold of internal struggle,” said Reeves.

War for the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters July 14, 2017.


Leon Brill

Leon Brill

Leon Brill is a staff writer for Heroic Hollywood, superhero/comic enthusiast, gamer, and film lover.

  • Tom Buxton

    If he has indeed become a spirit in the sky, then I can’t help but feel a sense of deja vu, since it’d be a similar move on Reeves’s part to when Singer all but retconned the idea of Wolverine following a different path to Weapon X (as teased by the final scene of ‘Days of Future Past’) in ‘X-Men Apocalypse’. Perhaps Reeves refrained from answering one way or the other so as to give himself wiggle room in future instalments, particularly given that the post-credits coda of ‘Dawn’ implied Koba might have somehow survived his seemingly fatal fall through vengeful willpower.

  • Marquis de Sade

    This sequel won’t be the same without Koba…yeah, Caesar’s bad, but Koba was my ninja!