|Continuity||Rise of the Planet of the Apes|
|First Appearance||Rise of the Planet of the Apes|
|Last Appearance||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes|
|“||War has already begun. Ape started war. And human...human will not forgive. You must go before fighting begins. I am sorry...my friend.||”|
— Caesar warns Malcolm to seek haven.
Caesar is an evolved chimpanzee who is the biological son of the late Alpha and the late Bright Eyes, wild chimpanzees from the jungles of the Congo. After the death of his mother, Caesar became the adoptive son of Will Rodman and the later Caroline Aranha. Through Will, Caesar became the adoptive grandson of the late Charles Rodman. Later in life, Caesar goes on to lead an Ape Rebellion before going on to rule as a king/leader over the newly formed ape colony. As a king, he becomes the husband of fellow San Bruno Primate Shelter inmate, Cornelia and the father of two sons, Blue Eyes and a newborn son. Because he is the King of the Ape Colony, he is the patriarch of the the Royal Ape Family. When humans are rediscovered, Caesar becomes the ape counterpart of Malcolm.
Rise of the Planet of the ApesEdit
Dr. Will Rodman, under the employment of Gen-Sys Laboratories, had been working with apes using "ALZ-112" - a genetically engineered retrovirus that allows the brain to repair damaged cells through neurogenesis - in the hopes of curing Alzheimer's. A female chimpanzee named Bright Eyes was given the ALZ-112 drug which not only repaired brain cells, but increased her mental capabilities as well. Two months into her trial, while being forcibly removed from her cage, Bright Eyes went on a rampage through the facility before security was forced to kill her in front of board members. Believing the outburst to have been caused by the drug, head of Gen-Sys Steven Jacobs ordered all remaining lab apes euthanized, destroying any chance of developing ALZ-112 further. It was discovered, however, that Bright Eyes' aggression was not due to the drug, but to her maternal instinct to protect her newborn baby, whom she had secretly given birth to a day or two earlier. Robert Franklin, the chimp handler responsible for carrying out the euthanasia order, couldn't bring himself to kill the chimpanzee baby, and instead gave it to Will, who managed to smuggle the infant out of the lab and take it home with him.
The baby chimp was given the name Caesar by Charles Rodman, Will's Alzheimer's-afflicted father, who, upon holding the infant, quoted Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, "But as for Caesar, Kneel down, kneel down, and wonder." Bearing the same white shooting star birthmark his father Alpha had, Caesar was incredibly intelligent for an ape of his age, immediately learning how to nurse from a bottle on his own at only two days old. This quick learning, and the flecks of green present in his irises, a side effect of ALZ-112 treatment, made Will decide to keep Caesar and raise him as his own, monitoring the ape and continuing to work on the ALZ-112 drug in secret. Right away Caesar displayed signs of heightened intelligence, learning up to twenty-four words in sign language by eighteen months of age, completing puzzles and models designed for human children eight years and up at age two, and able to play chess and complete a Lucas' Tower puzzle with a perfect score of fifteen moves at age three, continuing to show cognitive skills far exceeding a human counterpart. Will hypothesized that Caesar's heightened intelligence was a result of the ALZ-112 virus being passed down genetically from Bright Eyes to Caesar in utero, as indicated by his eyes changing to a green color, and that in the absence of damaged brain cells that needed replacing, the drug instead radically boosted healthy brain functions.
When Caesar was three years old, he wanted to join the human children riding bicycles outside and escaped out a window while Will was busy assesing his father's improvement, having treated him with the ALZ-112. When Caesar was caught playing with a bicycle in his neighbour's garage, Alice Hunsiker alerted her father, irate neighbor Douglas Hunsiker, who tried to beat Caesar with a bat until Will and Charles arrived to defend him. Caesar's leg is injured in the scuffle, so Will snuck him into the San Francisco Zoo where he is treated by veterinarian and primatologist Caroline Aranha. Surprised that Caesar had been taught how to sign, Caroline checks up on Caesar at the Rodman house, impressed by the home Will has made for Caesar and his skills in language and acrobatics. She says that despite her love of chimpanzees, she is also appropriately afraid of them, noting that Caesar will soon grow into a large, powerful animal and should have some more space. This prompts will to take Caesar to the Muir Woods Park, and for the next five years Will and Caroline, now in a relationship, take Caesar here frequently, where he plays and spends time in a more natural habitat, climbing the towering redwood trees. On one such outing, Caesar, now eight years old, is being led on a leash by Will when he sees a family with their dog on a leash as well and begins to question his identity. To answer his questions, Will takes Caesar to see the Gen-Sys building where he works, and explains that it is where Caesar was born, where his mother was kept with other chimps, but that she is dead. He goes on to reveal to both Caesar and Caroline that Caesar's intelligence is the result of his mother having been treated with the ALZ-112 and passing it onto him. Caesar, agitated, doubts his identity now more than ever, unsure if he is human or ape. Worse, Charles' immune system developed antibodies that fight off the ALZ-112 virus and his dementia returns. In his state of dementia, Charles got into Hunsiker's car and turned it on, the key carelessly left in the ignition. He pressed the gas and hit the cars in front of him and behind him, getting the attention of Hunsiker, who threatened and pushed Charles. Caesar was alerted to the situation and jumped out of a window, attacking and biting the neighbor's finger in Charles's defense. After the incident, Caesar was ordered by the courts to leave Will's house and to be sent to the San Bruno Primate Shelter run by John Landon, where the apes were held in cages with the exception of intermissions where they were released into a jungle-themed play area. The apes inside the facility were treated cruelly by Landon's son, Dodge, who worked as a guard there.
At the primate facility, Caesar started out being treated poorly by both the staff and by most of his ape companions. In the exercise area, he was beaten down by the dominant chimpanzee, Rocket. Caesar also formed a friendship with Maurice, a former circus orangutan who had learned sign language as well. Later, Dodge brought his friends into the facility, who teased the apes. Without caution his male friend moved too close to Caesar's cage and was grabbed by Caesar, having his pocket knife unknowingly stolen. Caesar tied the pocket knife to a stick and used it to unlock the door and free himself. The first thing he did while free was break Buck out. After a small celebration of freedom, Buck showed his respect for Caesar. Caesar, with Buck at his side, lured Rocket into the exercise area where he hit Rocket over the head with a metal gasoline canister (one of the toys given to the apes) but did no more harm, establishing his dominance over the ape and proving he was the leader. During this encounter, Caesar gained the respect and companionship of Rocket.
Caesar eventually decided to escape from the primate facility as a whole and traveled to Will's house, where he stole some canisters of an air-borne strain of "ALZ-113" and returned to the facility, releasing it throughout the cage area and enhancing the intelligence and mental capabilities of himself and his fellow apes. He beat his sadistic caretaker, Dodge, when he noticed Caesar in the play area when he was not supposed to be. Caesar showed his first capability of speech by shouting "NO"! at Dodge, leaving him, Rodney and Buck shocked, after which Caesar incapacitated Dodge and released his fellow apes from their cells. Later, an awoken Dodge confronted Caesar. While Dodge was trying to get the water hose, Caesar pulled it back, making Dodge grab his electric cattle prod and run at Caesar, who killed Dodge by spraying him with the hose while his electric cattle prod was in his hand, electrocuting him. The apes began to beat the other surviving night watchman, Rodney, but Caesar stopped them because he had been kind to the apes, and instead locked him in a cage. The apes at the facility then escaped into the city by opening the windows above the play area and climbing through them. Caesar led them to the Gen-Sys lab, as he knew some of the shelter apes - such as Cornelia and Lucky - had been taken there for experimentation. He released all of the apes there and at the San Francisco Zoo. Caesar successfully led an escape of hundreds of apes through the streets of San Francisco.
The apes battled multiple police blockades of the Golden Gate Bridge, rushing to freedom. Caesar launched a three pronged attack with the orangutans and some of the chimps led by Maurice attacking from the bottom supports, most of the chimps guided by Koba attacking from the high-wire supports, and the gorillas and several other chimps headed by Caesar, Buck, and Rocket leading the charge straight down the bridge. When the police shot one of the chimpanzees, it slipped and fell to it's death, causing an angered Maurice to lead the orangutans back to the center of the bridge. After a long battle, they finally defeated the police. However, Jacobs and a few officers arrived in a helicopter and began gunning down a large group of the apes. Buck leapt off the bridge towards the helicopter (while being shot multiple times) and landed inside. He caused the helicopter to crash onto the bridge, killing all people inside except Jacobs. Caesar rushed to a fatally wounded Buck and tried his best to help him survive, but failed in doing so. Buck then died, severely angering Caesar and the rest of the apes. Caesar walked over to the helicopter and saw a bloodied Jacobs inside. Jacobs begged Caesar to help him out, but Caesar walked away and gave Koba permission to kill Jacobs. Koba put his foot on the helicopter, causing it to tip over the edge of the bridge, killing Jacobs.
Caesar then led all of the apes to freedom in the Redwood Forest. Will followed them and arrived at the forest where he was attacked by Koba, who prepared to kill him. However, Caesar stopped the angry Bonobo before he could do any harm, and threw Koba to the ground. Angry, he ran off into the woods. Caesar helped Will up, then Will begged Caesar to come home with him and warned Caesar that he knew what humans are capable of. He guaranteed Caesar that he would be protected if he just came back home. Caesar hugged Will, and now being capable of basic human speech, informed him "Caesar is home". He assured Will that he would be safe from the masses of apes, and would be protected. Caesar then walked up to a tree, looking at his fellow apes and Will. He asked Will if he had permission to climb the tree, and Will accepted. Caesar then rushed up the tree with Maurice and Rocket. The trio then looked out upon the destruction they had caused in San Francisco, wondering what would become of them and the humans as the ALZ-113 Pandemic struck mankind.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: FirestormEdit
Caesar is first seen scouting the trees as helicopters fly over the canopy of trees and is joined by his friend, Rocket. Caesar suddenly finds himself remembering his childhood when Will bought him out into the forest. Shaking the memories off, Rocket alerts him to the helicopter coming straight at them.
Signaling to Rocket that he wants six apes to come to him, Caesar tells him to be quick and quiet. Caesar then takes off attempting to calm the apes down. He finds his Orangutan friend, Maurice and tells him to get the apes to be quiet and to lead them away from the helicopters.
Moving down the trees, Caesar finds his new wife Cornelia, tending to the injured apes. She spots him and approaches him almost reluctantly before extending her hand out to him. He sees that she is agitated but remembers she's like this a lot. He tells her that they need to get moving before the humans find them. She defiantly tells him no, explaining that if the apes that are injured move it hurts too much and that they require rest. Caesar then threatens her before she finally steps aside and goes to help the injured to their feet.
Satisfied, Caesar returns to the trees and is rejoined by Rocket who has recruited three Orangutans, two Chimpanzees and the Bonobo, Koba whom they rescued from Gen-Sys. The eight apes climb up into the canopy and towards the sound of the Helicopters but the machines have seemed to disappear. Caesar is fearful that they might be too late. Reaching the top of the canopy his worst fears are realised as he sees that a helicopter is already lined up and is heading straight for the troop. He finds a dead tree branch and launches it at the helicopter and screams at the top of his lungs with Rocket and the assembled apes joining in.
Caesar stops one of the younger apes from throwing themselves at the machine which doesn't seem to be affected by the branch's blow. Caesar hears the familiar hiss of a tranqualizer dart and sees a shooter in the aircraft getting ready to take another shot. Caesar calls the other apes down from the trees and tells them to wait for the helicopters to leave. When they don't, Rocket asks what they're going to do it and Caesar tells he doesn't know and they should keep waiting.
The new Alpha begins to realize that he hasn't thought his escape plan out far enough and that now he is relying on the troop's willingness to survive. He knows he doesn't want the humans to die out and just wants them to leave them alone. Suddenly, his thoughts are penatrated when he hears the sound of gunfire. He tells the apes to keep moving. He has them moving until dawn the next morning, fully aware that everyone is tired and sore. He hopes that they have evaded the humans for at least a day or so.
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Dawn of the Planet of the ApesEdit
After 10 years of living in peace and safety, Caesar still reigns strongly over the apes. Now middle-aged and raising a teenaged son, Caesar leads his apes on a hunting expedition. He attempts to teach his son, Blue Eyes how to hunt without getting hurt but this doesn't go to plan. Blue Eyes, who continously ignores his father's orders, wanders off and is attacked by a bear. Caesar, seeing his son in trouble rushes to help him but he too struggles with the bear. He calls for his friend Koba who spears the bear in the back of the head, killing it. Caesar emerges from under the bear's corpse and attempts to check Blue Eyes' injuries only to be brushed off.
Arriving back in the village, Caesar is summoned home by his wife Cornelia's midwives. Hurrying home, the Alpha joins his wife just as she gives birth to their second son. Overjoyed by the reality of having a second son, Caesar summons Blue Eyes over, telling him, "Come meet your new brother." Together, the family celebrates the birth.
Later, Caesar sits looking out over the village with longtime friend Maurice. Maurice congratulates Caesar over the birth of his new son. Caesar, taking his best friend's comments in stride, smiles. The conversation steers away from the boys and turns to the humans. Maurice asks if Caesar misses the humans in which Caesar replies that he does sometimes. Maurice then recounts everything that has happened in the last ten years as the human appearances have become less and less.
Caesar awakens in the middle of the night by the sound of gunfire. Hurrying outside, he sees that the entire colony has heard it. Rushing out into the forest with Rocket and Maurice and various others, Caesar sees that his honorary nephew, Ash, the son of Rocket has been shot. Rocket begins to panic. Caesar tells Rocket to calm down and shouts for the humans to leave before ordering Koba to follow them.
Back in the village, Caesar sits listening as his council argues over what is to be done about the humans. Koba and Blue Eyes argue with Ash and Rocket about Ash's shooting while Maurice sits silently, looking through the bag one of the humans dropped in the rush. Caesar shouts to make the council go silent. Caesar tells them that he will have a decision by morning. Afterwards, Koba approaches Caesar and tells him the apes need to make a show of strength to the humans. So the next morning the apes march into the remnaants of San Fransico, on horseback an armed with spears. Its is there, to the shock of most humans, that Caesar speaks and states that the apes have no interest in a war, but they will fight to protect themselves. He then tells the humans to not come back into the ape's territory.
However, Malcolm reenters the Ape Village, begging Caesar to allow humans access to a dam, which would restore their power. Just as Koba is about to kill Malcolm, Caesar prevents him and allows Malcolm to show the dam. After having seen the dam, Caesar agrees to let the humans stay, only if they give the apes their guns. After recieving the human guns Caesar's response is to immediately destroy them, knowing the danger they pose.
Koba then kills Caesar using a gun to try to frame the humans. By that, he has started a war between the apes and humans.
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Caesar is marvellously unique by intellectual means. Due to his inheriting the drugs used on his mother, he is incredibly, highly intelligent, dangerously cunning and viciously callous. He developed quick relationships with humans, unlike the other apes, and seemed to be almost mutually connected with them. He is unusually cynical and attacked one of his neighbours with malicious intent when the latter threatened his adoptive human grandfather. Incredibly, he is capable of leading vast armies of delusional, deranged apes into battle, showing charisma, loyalty, cerebrality, social mastery and dedication to his kin. Also, he is shown to be quite vengeful; He would strike out the moment he or a close friend/relative of his is threatened and would sometimes try and kill them. He is a brilliant tactician, shown in the Battle at the Golden Gate Bridge, and used strategic excellence in the skirmish and used all of the advantages he had at his disposal. Caesar has several human emotions that his other apes didn't share; fear, happiness, triumph, concern, sympathy, compassion and independence. He is bound by his loyalty to his human companions and his ape fellows. His true colours are shown in the climax of the battle, the one thing that all of his warriors shared that day; Revenge. He was distraught and angry at Buck's death and was about to take his revenge on Steven Jacobs for his friend's death. Then he showed a malicious and sadistic side to him when he walked away and left Koba, twice as angry and vengeful and vindictive as Caesar, to deal with the man. At the end of the film, he shows his true connection to mothernature when he says to his former owner, and adoptive human father Will, indicating his dedication to his fellow comrades; Caesar is home!.
From the very beginning, it was extremely difficult to deny that Caesar had great potential. From the moment Charles Rodman recited from Julius Caesar to him as an infant, Caesar was bound for greatness even if it cost him greatly in the sacrifices that Will made to protect him from harm. At one to two days old, Caesar showed great signs of intelligence for a chimpanzee of his age. The morning after Will takes him home, Caesar surprises Will and Charles when he bottle-feeds himself. This is when it is seen that he has green-irises like that of his late mother, Bright Eyes, backing up Will’s later theory that Caesar’s intelligence and strange eye color was developed while in utero. By the time he was eighteen months old, Caesar had learned to use sign language and could sign up to twenty-four words and could, by the time he was three years old, complete puzzles and models designed for children aged eight and up. Because his intelligence was so high, he could even outwit Will at chess along with completing the Lucas Tower with a perfect score of fifteen.
By the age of three, Caesar became a carefree, adventurous, playful, mischievous and energetic young chimpanzee who adored his adoptive human father, Will who was raising him single-handedly with the help of his own father, Charles. Because of his energetic and playful nature, Caesar certainly kept Will and Charles on their toes. The young chimpanzee’s mischievous exploits often got him into trouble which was often a concern to both Will and Charles as they saw Caesar injured, especially if he was attacked by the family’s vile, animal-hating neighbor Douglas Hunsiker. After one such attack, Caesar was injured and required stitches and was taken by Will to the San Francisco Zoo, where the pair meets Caroline Aranha. While Caesar’s main interaction was solely with Will and Charles, he took an immediate liking to her. Using his skills of sign language, he sets Will and Caroline up on a date, which greatly embarrasses Will. His show of affection towards Will in front of his new human friend showed that Caesar had very human like emotions. Upon Caroline’s first visit to the Rodman house, Caesar enjoyed the attention that the humans were showing him. After some encouragement from Caroline, Caesar was granted the one thing he had never really had; freedom. The Rodmans and Caroline took him to the Muir Redwoods where Caesar, having not been outside a lot, hesitates before running off into the forest. He asks Will’s permission showing a sign of respect towards his adoptive human father.
For the next five years, the redwoods become Caesar’s single favorite place other then the house. It is also over this time that Caesar’s personality changes. As a teenager, Caesar is no longer the mischievous, energetic and carefree young chimpanzee he once was. He begins to display a tint of jealousy towards his human parents who are now dating and very much in love. He is able to hide it, Caesar still adored them and loved them. Upon seeing a dog on a leash, Caesar begins to ask Will who and what he really is. Upon discovering from Will how he came to be in his care, and why he is so intelligent, Caesar begins defying Will but makes an exception for Charles who is beginning to show signs once more of his Alzheimer’s returning. After witnessing the family neighbor verbally assaulting Charles, Caesar begins to show a defensive and protective side to himself in regards to his sick adoptive human grandfather and those he cared about, he is violent and aggressive towards anyone, who is a threat to the people he cares about, like Will and Charles, however he soon becomes horrified, when he accidentally bites Hunsiker's finger off.
Arriving at the primate shelter that would later prove to be his worse nightmare, Caesar showed vulnerability and was consistently picked on by then-alpha ape, Rocket and by Dodge Landon, the son of the shelter’s boss. During this time, Caesar began to build a resistance and formed a bond with the orangutan, Maurice. It was through Maurice that Caesar came up with the belief that "Apes together, strong. Apes alone, weak". This was a belief that he would instill in the other apes years later. Able to outwit Rocket using his intelligence, Caesar adapted quickly to being a leader with a little help from Maurice and was given the idea to break into his adoptive human parents’ house and steal the ALZ-113 to make the other apes, including Maurice more intelligent. With the apes more intelligent, Caesar influenced them to break out of the shelter but not before they started beating Rodney to a bloody pulp. Caesar, (correctly) seeing that Rodney had done nothing wrong, stops the apes from hurting him and locks him in a cage for his safety. After accidentally killing Dodge Landon, Caesar immediately shows guilt and remorse for his accidental slaughter. Though he did not mourn the death of his human tormentor for long, Caesar made a silent vow to only hurt humans that did him and his fellow primates harm while still showing his sympathy and compassion towards humans, but not harming those who weren’t doing anything wrong, he does not like the idea of killing innocent humans, he tries to prevent other evolved apes from killing them.
During the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, Caesar proved that he was capable of being a warrior as well as a leader. Using sign language, he instructed Maurice to lead the orangutans down to under the bridge while he instructed Rocket and Koba to take the bridge from above while Buck and the gorillas rampaged across the main part of the bridge. During the battle, Caesar used the fog to his advantage. He was able to tame one of the police horses and rides it out of the fog, screaming an order to pounce before the apes fled the scene. His love for Will was what helped him decide on how he wanted to live his life. Upon seeing that Koba was about to hurt his adoptive human father, Caesar leapt in to help, pushing Koba away, warning him to stay away from Will. Hearing Will’s pleas to come home, Caesar kindly reclined, whispering "Caesar is home" in his ear.
During his early reign Caesar's character exhibited the adverse traits of his own insecurities as a new leader, manifesting in arrogance, impulsiveness and an intractable need to control. These are evidenced in his rigid demand of obedience from his troops and his initial dismissiveness of the valuable insights put forward by his would-be wife, Cornelia, such as when the apes were struggling to find food and Cornelia offers her knowledge of the difference between forest food and jungle food in an attempt to help the situation only to be dismissed by Caeser or his prompting her to know her place and do as she is told when she argues the case of their injured subjects after the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge. As an adult, Caesar’s colony of apes rises from those that survived the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge to a grand mass of 2,000. Among those apes are Caesar’s own growing family containing his wife, Cornelia and his two sons. As a husband, Caesar loves his wife Cornelia dearly and is extremely loving towards her as he remains at her side as she gives birth to presumely both their sons. As a father, Caesar loves both his sons and has a strong bond with his eldest son, Blue Eyes, becoming the counter-balance to Blue Eyes' recklessness.
As a king, Caesar takes is role as the ruler of his ape colony very seriously, but it is also very stressful, it is because of his wife, Cornelia's constant support and presence, that he is grounded, Caesar tries to juggle his responsibilities as a husband, a father and the king of the ape colony,
- Animal Strength: Like all chimpanzees Caesar is very powerful and strong. Not only this but in top shape he is able to tackle and nearly kill Koba within a few seconds.
- Animal Speed: Caesar is amazingly fast. After he escape from the San Bruno Primate Shelter, he was able to get from the facility he was being held at to the Rodman House without being seen or notice, after Caesar stole the ALZ-113 from his adopted human parents home, he was able to get back to the facility without being seen or notice by any humans, and before sunrise.
- Skilled Combatant: Caesar learns to defend himself while in captivity due to being continuously picked on by both Rocket and Dodge Landon. He uses these newfound skills to his advantage during the Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge. Caesar was also skilled enough to overpower Koba, a skilled combatant in his own right, on two separate occasions.
- Sign Language: Growing up amongst humans, Caesar was taught American Sign Language as a ways of communication. During his time in captivity, Caesar used sign language to communicate with Maurice. During the ape rebellion he used sign to command his troops. As his empire grows, Caesar with the help of Maurice teaches the other apes how sign as another way of communicating.
- Advanced Intelligence: As the son of test subject chimpanzee Bright Eyes, Caesar inherited the ALZ-112 through his mother. As he grew older, Caesar's IQ skyrocketed so high that it outdid that of a human. Because of his intelligence, he was able to teach himself how to defend himself, to pick locks, etc as a way of survival. He was even able to teach himself how to ride a horse during the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge. Because he inherited his intelligence from his mother, Caesar passed the gene down to his own sons.
- Skilled Tactician: Due to his advanced intelligence and IQ, Caesar is a brilliant tactician. This is proven during the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge; as he knows that there are police officers on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, when he commands the chimpanzees part of his army to climb the bridge, the orangutans to traverse to the bottom of the bridge, the gorillas to push an overturned bus along the bridge, to shield them against police bullets, and when Caesar literally rides a horse to signal his troops to attack, overwhelming the police from all sides, and forcing them to retreat. This strategy not only resulted in Caesar's victory, but also resulted in the death of two members of his army, Wolfie and Buck.
- Speech: Because of his increasing IQ and advanced intelligence, Caesar gained the ability of speech, being the first ape to gain this ability. This ability is later passed on to Caesar's two sons.
Will RodmanEditWill was Caesar's adoptive human father. Will and Caesar had a close bond very similar to Will's relationship with his own father, Charles. Caesar adored Will and thought of him as his father. When Caesar started to question who he was after seeing a dog on a leash, Will was quick to reassure him that he wasn't a pet but his and Caroline's son. Caesar's trust in Will started to diminish when Caesar was forced to move to a Primate Shelter in San Bruno after attacking the Rodman family's neighbor while defending Charles. Every time he asked Will if they were going home, Will would tell him that he wasn't going home with him, which greatly upset the chimp. Finally, Caesar's dependence on Will faded completed after Will attempts to bribe Landon with money to get Caesar out. Will tries to get Caesar to go with him but after seeing the leash in his hand, Caesar shuts his cage door in Will's face and goes on ignoring him. This was mainly due to the fact, that Caesar had made friends and was secretly plotting his escape with the other apes in tow and that he no longer needed to lean on Will to live. The next time Caesar sees Will is on the Golden Bridge after Will calls for him. Caesar turns to look at him in surprise. Caesar's last known interaction with Will is in the Muir Forest where Caesar saves him from being attacked by the vengeful Koba and Will begs him to come home. Caesar, now understanding who he is declines Will's offer and speaks to him for the first and last time saying, "Caesar is Home" which greatly surprises Will. Will gives him his blessing and watches as Caesar stands on his two back legs and descends into the trees followed by his newfound ape family. It is unknown whether Will and Caesar ever saw each other again after this. Will died during the virus outburst as he and Caroline were "ground zero" of the virus. It is currently unknown if Caesar witnessed his death.
As Caesar struggles to keep his colony alive in the early days after the battle on the bridge, Caesar has constant flashbacks of his time with Will and the time they together in the forest while Caesar was growing up. During this time, Caesar also wonders where Will is and what he might be doing with his life now that he isn't with him.After Caesar is shot by Koba and taken by Malcolm and his family to the Rodman house, Caesar relishes in his childhood memories of Will and spies his son, Blue Eyes looking at a photo of a then young Caesar and Will and realizing that in a lot of ways, Will was his grandfather because he raised Caesar. Returning to his room in the attic, Caesar finds a video camera of Will's still charging at the wall. Disconnecting the camera from the charger, he views a video of himself and Will practicing Sign. Smiling at the memory, Caesar is hit with the reality that his father died from something he created and that there could have been more to Caesar's future if Will hadn't of died. The reality of Will not getting the chance to meet his grandsons also hit Caesar hard from seeing his son looking at the photo and him seeing the video.
Charles was Caesar's first human friend as well as his adoptive human grandfather. When Will first bought Caesar home as a baby, Charles took an immediate liking to him and began to quote from the Shakespearean text, Julius Caesar; the quote a direct link to Caesar's role as leader of the ape colony later in life. Charles was the one who named him. The two had an unusual bond. Irena, the nurse who had been caring for Charles while Will was at work, said that Caesar (unknown to her was an ape) would be good for him. Charles loved Caesar and was quick to defend him when the neighbor attacked the then three year old. He (Charles) was greatly concerned when he and Will checked Caesar over for injuries, revealing a cut. Charles was also very encouraging of Caesar and was able to get him to climb the trees in Muir Woods for the first time. Caesar repaid Charles for his kindness five years later when the neighbor had a go at Charles, whose Alzheimer's had returned. In Charles' defense, Caesar bit the neighbor's finger by accident. Because of this, Caesar, by court order, was sent to the San Bruno Primate House. It is likely that Caesar never saw Charles again as Will didn't take Charles with him when he and Caroline went to visit Caesar. It is unknown whether Will ever told Caesar of Charles' death.
Caroline AranhaEditCaroline Aranha was Caesar's adoptive human mother. Caesar meets Caroline at the age of three when Will takes him to the Zoo for treatment after the neighbor's attack on him. Caesar takes an immediate liking to her and sets her and Will up on a date by embarassing Will. Over time, Caesar's relationship with Caroline strengthens and he begins to consider her as his mother. Caroline is present when Will takes Caesar to Gen-Sys and explains how he came to be in Will's care. Back at the house, Caroline demands that Will tell her the full truth and he does. Appalled, Caroline tells him that things aren't meant to be controlled, ultimately defending Caesar, who is listening from his room in the attic. Caroline, along with Will travel to the Ape Shelter in San Bruno. After Caesar arrives in the animal control van and doesn't want to go inside, Caroline gently tells him that they'll go in and see what it's like inside. Caroline offers him her hand and he takes it, happy to know that he has her support. Caroline and Will visit Caesar several times during the course of his stay at the shelter. After Caesar is injured, Caroline checks him over and comments on how awfully he has been treated. After Caesar and the other apes have escaped from the shelter, Caroline finds Rodney, the only surviving human from the attack locked in a cage. Terrified, the softly spoken man tells Caroline and Will that he heard Caesar speak. Will, having pieced together where Caesar and the apes are heading, the couple head towards the forest but become stuck on the Golden Gate Bridge where Caesar has ordered a full scale attack. This is the last known time Caroline sees Caesar.
Dodge Landon was Caesar's human tormentor. Right from the start, Caesar and Dodge had an antagonistic relationship. When Caesar wanted to escape the primate shelter on his first day, Dodge promised a way out only to trap him in his cage. Caesar then throws "Grade A Primate Chow" in Dodge's face by accident and hoots in amusement. Dodge hoses him and continues to bully him throughout his time at the shelter. When Caesar and the other apes rebel, Dodge is their first casualty when he is electrocuted by accident. Caesar is horrified by what he has done but doesn't mourn for long.
Maurice is Caesar's first ape best friend. From the moment he stepped foot into the ape shelter, Caesar always had former circus orangtuan, Maurice watching over him. Maurice watched from the sidelines when Caesar found himself in an unneccessary fight with then alpha ape Rocket. After seeing Caesar's potential, Maurice took it upon himself to befriend the chimp, showing him that he too could use sign language. Caesar took the orangutan's companionship and never questioned him except his ability to use sign on their first encounter. From that moment on the two apes, stuck together. It was Maurice who gave Caesar the idea to break into Will's house and steal the ALZ-113 drug and using it to make the other apes intelligent. Maurice was one of the apes first seen with the green irises. During the ape rebellion, Caesar commanded Maurice to lead a group of Orangutans under the Golden Gate Bridge supports. They reunited in the forest after the fight.
In the early days, Maurice served as Caesar's third-in-command as the apes struggled to survive when hunters began to hunt them. Caesar commands Maurice to lead the apes away from the helicopters that were circling above the trees and to keep the apes quiet. Maurice also acts as an anchor in the early days of Caesar's marriage to Cornelia despite almost always siding with Cornelia which greatly displeases Caesar.
As the year go on, Maurice and Caesar still remain best friends with Maurice becoming a teacher to Caesar's eldest son, Blue Eyes. Maurice also serves as a member of Caesar's council and is still his main confidente. After Cornelia has given birth to a second son, Maurice is one of the first to congulate Caesar on the birth. Caesar, taking his friend's comment in stride, smiles. The subject steers away from Caesar's sons to the humans. Maurice asks whether Caesar misses them, in which the Alpha admits sometimes, thinking about his adoptive parents, Will and Caroline. Maurice then mentions that over the last ten years the human sightings have become less and less until the last two years in which there hasn't been any sighting of any. When Alexander drops his bag in the forest, Maurice retrieves it on Caesar's orders and looks through it while the council argues on want to do about Ash's shooting. After Caesar agrees to allow to the humans to work on the dam, Maurice accompanies him and comments when Caesar asks about Koba's whereabouts, that Koba is too angry to want to help them.
Maurice is one of the few apes who embraced Caesar's new human friends, showing that his belief with the humans is very similar to Caesar's. After Caesar is shot by Koba, Maurice is locked up for his loyalty to Caesar. After being freed by Blue Eyes on Caesar's orders, Maurice reunites with Caesar at the Rodman house and watches with concern as the Alpha takes on Koba.
Buck was Caesar's good ape friend. After befriending Maurice, Caesar took it upon himself to befriend the seemingly rogue Gorilla known as Buck. After this encounter, Caesar, with Buck's help manages to overthrow Rocket as Alpha. Buck ultimately becomes Caesar's good friend and serves as one of Caesar's most loyal allies during the ape rebellion. Due to his loyalty towards Caesar, Buck sacrificed himself to save him when Caesar was being shot at during the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, which leaves Caesar devastated by the loss of his good friend. Buck dies with Caesar at his side.
Rocket is Caesar's second ape best friend. Caesar's relationship with Rocket didn't have the humblest of beginnings. In the beginning Caesar tries to befriend Rocket but the hairless chimp who was also the Alpha male started to bully him for no apparent reason. After befriending Buck the Gorilla, Caesar is able to lure Rocket out of his cage to the play area, and is able to overthrow him as Rocket is no match for Buck. Caesar and Rocket are able to settle their differences and they become the most unlikeliest of friends with Rocket serving as one of Caesar's key lieutenants during the ape rebellion and battle on the Golden Gate Bridge. Rocket ends up becoming Caesar's second best friend and loyal follower.
After ten years, Caesar and Rocket are still close and have become even closer as both are now fathers to teenage sons. Rocket serves as an uncle to Caesar's two boys while Caesar serves the same purpose to Ash. Rocket is a member of Caesar's council and is greatly valued for his input and strength. After his son is accidentally shot by Koba, Caesar attempts to calm Rocket down as a panicked Rocket lingers over an injured Ash. Later, Rocket and Ash agree to follow Caesar in whatever he decides is to be done. After Caesar is shot and almost killed by Koba, Rocket is caged for his loyalty to Caesar. The friends are reunited later at the Rodman house.
CorneliaEditCornelia is Caesar's wife and queen. Very little of the early days of Caesar's relationship with Cornelia is seen but according to the prequel novel, Firestorm, they didn't exactly fall in love straight away. Just days after the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, Caesar and Cornelia get into an argument regarding the injured apes. When she attempts to stand her ground on the issue, Caesar threatens her prompting her to do as she is told.
Later, when the apes are struggling to find food, Cornelia offers her knowledge of the difference between forest food and jungle food but Caesar dismisses her. After talking to Maurice, Caesar reveals he finds her annoying but can see her point at times.
When humans begin capturing apes, Cornelia tells Caesar that she knows where they are and she can lead him to them. Not long after, the forest is in engulfed in fire to flush the apes out of hiding, Caesar pushes Cornelia into the river in order to protect her from the flames. Later, Caesar once again sits alone in a tree overlooking the city, Cornelia joins him and silently grooms him.
As time passes, Caesar and Cornelia developed feelings for each other and eventually marry. This union produces two sons, Blue Eyes and a newborn son. When Cornelia goes into labor with their second son, Caesar stays with her as the baby is bought into the world. With the pressure of raising a rebellious son as well as a baby who is curious about the world around him and ruling over an ape colony, Caesar has Cornelia's constant support and is grounded by her presence. At time point, Caesar shares a quiet moment with Cornelia and their newborn son and is devastated when he learns from her that she is sick and possibly dying.
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Blue EyesEditBlue Eyes is Caesar's teenage son and heir. Despite his love for his son, Caesar doesn't always agree with Blue Eyes' reckless and rebellious behavior. It is clear that they love each other dearly but wish that the other would see from their perspective. While Caesar attempts to juggle his responsibilities as a doting husband and father as well as king of the colony, he tries to make Blue Eyes see that one day he will be king of the colony and that recklessness will get him nowhere. Caesar even goes as far as to attempt to teach him that not all humans are bad but Blue Eyes has been too far influenced by Koba to make much of an impact which puts a masive strain on their relationship. Later, when Koba goes on a rampage and begins to rally apes against Caesar and the humans, Blue Eyes helps lead a group of rebels to his father's hiding place at his old childhood home and openly forgives Caesar for his actions.
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Koba was Caesar's former ape friend and enemy. Koba is Caesar's opposite; while Caesar loves humans, Koba hates them for all the times he was sent to labs as a lab rat. Koba can be seen as Caesar's potential rival. In the beginning, it can be seen through the little interaction that the two apes have that Caesar trusted Koba enough to help Rocket lead the assault on the upper part of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was evident that when Caesar pushes Koba away from Will that if Caesar hadn't stepped in when he did, Koba would have killed him hinting at the rivalry that the two primates might have 10 years in the future.
Over 10 years, Koba was appointed as Caesar's advisor and was one of his main companions other than Maurice, Cornelia and Rocket. Caesar trusts Koba and takes his advice to heart. The pair were now friends and were like brothers while Koba thinks of Caesar's eldest son, Blue Eyes as his nephew due to the bond the two elder apes share. The rediscovery of humans puts a massive strain on their friendship. Caesar was forced to defend himself when Koba accuses him of loving the humans more the apes. Caesar was shot in the chest by Koba and was gravely injured. Later, Caesar comfronts Koba and beats him, before throwing him to his death before telling the surviving apes that Koba was not an ape.
StonedEditStoned is Caesar's good ape friend and fourth-in-command. He guards the entrance of Ape Vilage with the other gorillas. When Caesar send Koba to follow the humans to make sure they left, Stoned tried to follow him but was immediately held back by Caesar.
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InfantEditWith Cornelia, Caesar has a second child, a son, who is born sometime before the rediscovery of the human colony. Caesar will be very protective of this little one. At some point, he will share a moment with the baby and Cornelia.
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MalcolmEditMalcolm is Caesar's new human friend, and human counterpart. After the rediscovery of humans, Caesar meets Malcolm and his family. As time passes, Caesar becomes friendly with him as they both have wives that they love and rebellious teenage sons. They also have the same goal; to bring peace so that the apes and humans can live in peace.
When Alexander drops his backpack in the rush to get out of the forest, Caesar has Koba retrieve it. Later when Caesar meets up with Malcolm, he returns the backpack to him, showing that no ill intent is necessary between the groups.
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EllieEditEllie is Caesar's new human friend. Caesar will come to know Ellie well as she is a member of the human group that seek his help. Caesar will share emotional moments with her. He will come to trust her like he does Malcolm as he will watch her interact with his sons. When Cornelia reveals she is sick and dying, Caesar allows Ellie to treat her, saving her life.
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DreyfusEditDreyfus is Caesar's human opposite. Despite having no direct contact with the leader of Human colony, it is clear that Caesar doesn't trust Dreyfus and in return, doesn't trust Caesar. It is also known that Dreyfus was surprised when Caesar addresses the humans in English when he takes his army into the city and threatens to wage war if the humans don't obey his orders to stay away from the apes.
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AshEditAsh is Caesar's honorary nephew. Like Koba is to Blue Eyes, Caesar is like an uncle to Ash as he is the best friend of Rocket. Caesar is likely to know Ash well as he grew up with his own son, Blue Eyes. Because Ash is Rocket's eldest (and possibly only) child, Caesar has granted him a place on the council with Blue Eyes.
- "Ape alone, weak. Apes together strong." - Caesar to Maurice (Sign).
- "NO!" - Caesar's first word, to Dodge Landon (Spoken).
- "Caesar is home." - Caesar before parting ways with Will (Spoken).
- "Think before you act, son." - Caesar to Blue Eyes (Sign).
- "Come meet your new brother." - Caesar to Blue Eyes after the birth of his youngest son (Sign).
- (Maurice) "Another son." (Caesar) "Makes me think how far we've come." (Maurice) "Seems long ago. Still think about them?" (Caesar) "Humans? Sometimes." (Maurice) "Didn't know them like you did, only saw their bad side." (Caesar) "Good, bad...Doesn't matter now. Humans destroyed each other." (Maurice) "Apes fight too." (Caesar) "But we are family." - Caesar and Maurice (Sign).
- "GO!" - Caesar after the rediscovery of humans (Spoken).
- "If we go to war, we could lose everything we've built. - Caesar during the Ape Council Meeting (Sign).
- "Home...Family...Future." - Caesar to the Ape Council (Spoken).
- "APES DO NOT WANT WAR, BUT WILL FIGHT IF WE MUST!" - Caesar to humans (Spoken).
- "(Points toward the Ape Village) Ape home! (Points toward the city) Human home! Do not come back." - Caesar to Malcolm (Spoken).
- "Show me." - Caesar after Malcolm asks to show him the generator (Spoken).
- "I said no guns...Human leave NOW!" - Caesar reacting angrily to Carver's hidden shotgun (Spoken).
- (Caesar to Ellie) "You stay...one day." (Malcolm) "Might need a little more time." (Caesar, angrily) "ONE DAY!" - Caesar after agreeing to let Ellie help Cornelia (Spoken).
- "Ape not kill ape." - Caesar after nearly killing Koba in anger (Spoken).
- "You are my son, I need you to listen." - Caesar to Blue Eyes (Spoken).
- "Trust." (Extends hand) - Caesar offering peace to Malcolm (Spoken).
- "Ape. Ape...did...this." - Caesar to Malcolm (Spoken).
- "Your mother, brother...safe?" - Caesar asking Blue Eyes about his family's safety (Spoken).
- "No...Human. Koba." - Caesar revealing to Blue Eyes that Koba tried assassinate him (Spoken).
- (Blue Eyes) "I'm so sorry...for everything." (Caesar) "No...I am to blame." (Blue Eyes) "But Koba betrayed you." (Caesar) "I chose to trust him because he is ape. I always think, ape better than human. I see now...how much like them we are." - Caesar to Blue Eyes (Sign/Spoken).
- (Blue Eyes) "Fear makes others follow. But when they see you alive, they will turn from Koba." (Caesar) "Not if I am weak...Ape always seek strongest branch." - Caesar to Blue Eyes (Spoken).
- (Malcolm) "Who was that? On the video." (Caesar) "A good man...Like you." - Caesar telling Malcolm about Will (Spoken).
- (Koba) "Caesar has no place here, apes follow Koba now."(Caesar) "Follow Koba to war."(Koba) "Apes win war, apes together strong! Caesar...Weak."(Caesar) "Koba...Weaker." - Exchange between Koba and Caesar prior to battle (Spoken).
- (Caesar) "Trusted Koba, my brother." (Koba) "Caesar brother to humans! Koba fight for ape! Free ape!" (Caesar) "You killed ape, Koba fight for Koba. Koba belong in cage. - Caesar and Koba during battle (Spoken).
- (Koba) "Ape not kill ape." (Caesar) "You are not ape." - Caesar declaring that Koba is no longer a true ape (Spoken).
- "LEAVE HIM!" - Caesar ordering the apes to not harm Malcolm (Spoken).
- "War has already begun. Ape started war, human...human will not forgive. You must go...before fighting begins. I'm sorry...My friend." - Caesar telling Malcolm to escape before the war begins (Spoken).
- (Malcolm) "If only we had a chance." (Caesar) "I did too." - Caesar and Malcolm lamenting the lost opportunity for peace (Spoken).
- Caesar was named by Charles Rodman, who was mumbling quotes from Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar on the day Will brought the chimp home.
- An earlier version of the script notes Bright Eyes' treatment at Gen-Sys beginning on "Tuesday, March 10, 2011", with Caesar's birth following six week later (approx. 21 April, 2011). Seven years (according to that script) spent at Rodman's house would place the ape rebellion around 2018. Whether this is the correct year or not is unknown. It has been said that an August 2016 calendar was put on the set of the kitchen at Rodman's house. The film itself spans eight years, as evidenced by the captions "Three Years Later" and "Five Years Later".
- The early script differs in that Rocket's eyes begin to go green (a sign of intelligence) after having bitten Caesar during their initial confrontation. After Caesar and Rocket together escape the primate facility and visit both Will's house and the lab, they use stolen scissors to share their blood with the other apes at the facility and pass on their viral intelligence. Caesar also has a relationship with Cornelia, a female chimp at the facility. The apes go to Gen-Sys lab and then to the San Francisco Zoo to free the apes Caesar has encountered over the years. At the end, Will takes a bullet intended for Caesar, and dies in his arms.
- A deleted scene included in the DVD release had Caesar using his hands to push the helicopter off into the water with Jacobs inside. This would be changed to Koba using his feet to do so.
- Most of Caesar's dialogue is either vocalizations, sign language, and the word "NO". To create Caesar's voice, sound designers Chuck Michael and John Larsen recorded hundreds of chimp sounds at the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Louisiana and mixed them with some of the audio Andy Serkis provided on set. The duo also aged Caesar’s voice from that of an infant to a full-grown chimp.
- It could be possible that Caesar would be more intelligent due to the fact he has been exposed to the ALZ-113, also that a close-up on Caesar's plotting scene and showed that his eyes were more green than before.
- According to the Rise timeline, Caesar is three years old in 2013, then in 2018, the year in which the ape rebellion takes place, Caesar is 8 and can be classified as a teenager where as in the upcoming events of Dawn which takes places in 2028, ten years after the rebellion and virus outbreak, Caesar is 18 meaning he is fully grown and possibly an elder ape.
- The quote that Charles says when he picks up Caesar for the first time as a baby could have been prophetic in terms of Caesar growing up and becoming a leader.
- Caesar's first word, "NO"! serves as a parallel to the story that Cornelius tells in Escape from the Planet of the Apes about the ape known as Aldo uttering the word and being the first ape to speak. It is also parallel to Lisa telling Caesar (Milo) "No" in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.
- Caesar is a similar character to Taylor in the original films, because of his situation and because the birthmark on his shoulder may be inspired by the burns Taylor got on his shoulder after fighting another human.
- It can also be seen that this version of Caesar is similar to Roddy McDowall's Caesar in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes as both become leaders of ape colonies, marry and have sons.
- Similar to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar was named after the Roman dictator Julius Caesar. Unlike Julius Caesar, he stands for leadership through kindness.
- The screenwriters believed that apes sexually mature at 8 years old and that Caesar could thus potentially attack Hunsiker at that age. Although chimps can become unpredictable at age 8, they don't become adults until at or past the age of 13.
- Caesar was actually to be played by three people, Andy Serkis mostly played him from infancy to adulthood, Devyn Dalton played him in some scenes when he was a toddler, and Terry Notary played Caesar in the Golden Gate Bridge battle scene.
- At Comic Con 2013, Andy Serkis mentioned in an interview that in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that Caesar will have a teenage son and wife. It was confirmed by the film's producer Dylan Clark that Caesar's wife will in fact be Cornelia while the son was only mentioned a couple of times by Jason Clarke and by Andy Serkis himself. Actor Nick Thurston announced on his Facebook page that he was playing the role of Caesar's son and that the character's name was River before the name was changed to Blue Eyes during post-production. In a press conference at Comic Con, Serkis mentioned that Caesar will also have an infant child meaning he would have more then one child in the film.
- It has been suspected that Caesar actually witnessed the deaths of his surrogate parents Will and Caroline.
- The words Caesar speaks in Rise are: 'NO!' and 'Caesar is Home' which he says clearly while according to the film's DVD subtitles he says "Wait!", "Go Up" and "Get Under" which are incoherent during the battle on the bridge. He also seems to say "NOW!" when he emerges out of the fog on the back of a police horse.
- In the first official still from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, his shooting star birthmark isn't visible.
- When Caesar bites Hunsiker while attempting to protect Charles, it's a reference to Andy Serkis' earlier role in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy when Gollum (Serkis) bites Frodo's finger off in their final confrontation.
- Judy Greer revealed in an interview that Caesar is still grounded in terms of personality because of the presence of his wife.
- Matt Reeves has said in the recent USA Today sneak peek article that the other apes who value Caesar's leadership see him as their king and as their father.
- According to a recent article, Caesar is not a big fan of guns.
- Caesar will share some emotional scenes with both Ellie and Malcolm.
- Caesar will be in a dilemma in this movie as he has very difficult choices to make regarding his apes and the surviving humans led by Malcolm.
- There is a difference in the two trailers recently released in the shot of the baby's birth. In the domestic trailer, Caesar isn't wearing war paint but in the international trailer its the same shot only Caesar is wearing warpaint.
- In the first official featurette for Dawn, there is a never before seen shot where Caesar hugs Koba but the reason is currently unknown.
- According to an interview Caesar has only one scene with Dreyfus.
- Andy has mentioned in an interview that he has based Caesar's relationship with Blue Eyes on the relationship he has with his own teenage son.
- Andy Serkis stated that he took great inspiration from revolutionary and former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela when he said "Really what Caesar is all about, he is empathy." and "It was really important to base the character on a leader who is capable of empathy and there aren't that many out there, however Nelson Mandela came to mind."