The next Hobbit movie is slated to hit theaters on December 17, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will go to a darker place. Bilbo Baggins and the company of Thorin Oakenshield arrived at the Lonely Mountain in The Desolation of Smaug, and now they have to deal with the dragon that they woke up and annoyed. A massive new banner poster was just released for the film, and it shows a hot-headed Smaug and features just about everyone else taking up arms. If you had any doubt that Peter Jackson was going big with what is likely his last film in the Middle-earth universe, this poster will reassure you – or validate your concerns.
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Let’s review some of the sights in The Hobbit poster. From left to right we’ve got Smaug facing off against Bard the Bowman, Gandalf and Galadriel reenacting some weird Shakespearan tragedy scene at what looks to be Dol Guldur with Elrond and Saruman in the background, Thorin looking dramatic on the throne inside Erebor (he’s surrounded by piles of gold, why so sad, Thorin?) with Bilbo in the foreground, Legolas and Tauriel with very serious expressions, Thranduil at the head of an Elven army, Thorin, Fili, and Kili in the middle of battle with Azog standing over them, and then Gandalf and Bilbo again. Whew.
No one is smiling. We’re past the lighthearted adventure from An Unexpected Journey and what began as a heist-style story to take back Erebor is now a tale with serious consequences. While I still don’t think The Hobbit needed to be turned into three films, I am looking forward to seeing what The Battle of the Five Armies has in store.
How does this poster make you feel about the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy? Let us know in the comments.