deleted alternate ending dawn of the planet of the apes"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (get tickets) nearly ended with a different final scene than the one millions of moviegoers saw this weekend.

Director Matt Reeves admitted to Slashfilm that he had an alternate ending in mind -- but decided to delete it at the last minute.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" ends with Malcolm (Jason Clarke) sadly telling Caesar that more humans are coming to participate in the war against apes. As Malcolm and his family leave, Caesar faces his kneeling cohort of apes.

It's an emotional, tragic moment; peace is not possible. War is coming. Reeves was going to make that more explicit in his first ending. After that scene, he said, "The idea was that the apes went out on a kind of exodus through the city and they gathered on the Golden Gate Bridge in order to look into the distance for the approaching warships."

Indeed, in some of the promos, there are flashes of warships that are never seen in the movie. That's because they were deleted.

"I felt that it was taking us too far into the next movie. And almost starting the next movie and not letting the emotion of what had just happened, of what Caesar had just achieved and what Caesar had the price that he had paid," Reeves explained.

He felt like that ending "boxed us in too much," and left viewers with a confusing cliffhanger. But for those who are intrigued by the original ending, Reeves plans to include it on the DVD, either as a bonus scene or as part of the extended cut.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
PG-132014
Based on 48 critics

Caesar's genetically evolved apes and the human survivors of a deadly virus battle for supremacy. Read More

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