‘Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies’ Comic-Con 2014 Poster

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It’s been over 15 years since Peter Jackson embarked on adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. When the series concluded with Return of the King in 2003, it proved to be one of the most successful franchises in terms of visual effects (especially Andy Serkis’ motion capture performance as Gollum/Smeagol), critical and fan response, as well as box office returns; together, the three films grossed upwards of $2.9 billion. Though Jackson’s followup trilogy, based on Tolkien’s prequel novel The Hobbit, has seen similar financial success, it has also received some criticism for varying aspects, such as a reliance on CGI.

Nevertheless, Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy will come to an end in December when The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies premieres in theaters. Leading up to the final chapter’s release, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema are bringing the film — and its director — to their movie panel at San Diego Comic Con.

Prior to the convention, Jackson released an exclusive SDCC poster for The Battle of Five Armies on his Facebook. The poster for “The Defining Chapter” of the trilogy features Smaug the dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch) descending on a burning Esgaroth — a.k.a. Lake-Town — and facing off with Bard (Luke Evans), who was introduced in Desolation of Smaug.

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The panel at SDCC will be the last of its kind dedicated to Jackson’s formative six-part franchise. As mentioned in our Comic-Con preview, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema will likely show footage and display props from the upcoming film to please fans of the long-lasting geek property.

The exclusive SDCC poster doesn’t shy away from recognizing the finality of The Battle of Five Armies -  dubbing the movie “The Defining Chapter” seems to acknowledge that this film is not just the conclusion of a trilogy released over the course of three years, but the culmination of a longstanding pillar that has often bridged the gap between geeks and cinema. It will be tasked with living up to the other Hobbit films in addition to all three films from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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At SDCC, The Battle of Fire Armies must share Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con panel with Mad Max: Fury Road and Jupiter Ascending, but hopefully Jackson can pay homage to his beloved franchise while also generating some buzz around the upcoming film.

The Warner Bros. San Diego Comic-Con panel will be held in Hall H @10 AM on Saturday, July 26th.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in U.S. theaters on December 17th, 2014.

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  1. This will be the last Middle Earth film for a very, very, very long time. The Tolkien Estate is not too pleased with Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, and Peter Jackson and they are holding onto the remaining work of author with an iron fist, denying any new adapations to happen. The trilogy so far has not been as good as the superior LotR trilogy a decade ago, but it’s still be enjoyable and I’m excited for the final chapter. We should all try to enjoy it, since we may not see a return to this world on the big screen for quite a while.

    • The Tolkien Estate is making good money i would imagine. i can’t see them not wanting to keep maling more.

      • “The main problem with a movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s collection of appendices and short stories about Middle-Earth is that no movie studio actually owns the rights. As recounted extensively here and at other sources, Tokien’s heirs own the rights to any material beyond “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” and they’re not happy with what Jackson has done with the movies.

        Part of that unhappiness stems from their claim that Warner Brothers has cheated them out of any money for the films, as WB states they didn’t actually make any profit on the first trilogy. Recently, Warners counter-sued the Tolkien estate; and though that lawsuit was thrown out of court, chances are it would take a lot for Warners and the Tolkiens to patch things up.”

        Source: http://www.mtv.com/news/1719482/richard-armitage-hobbit-silmarillion/

        I agree that the lure of more money will convince the estate to sell the rights to future Middle Earth films. However, I don’t know if they will sell them to Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema. A question that comes to my mind is: Can WB and NLC make their own original movies, with their own characters, without the consent of the estate? I await your answer!!

        • This is a shame. WB/NLC are not the ONLY studios to use shaky book keeping to show that they made “no profits” or “minimal profits”. I hate that BS.

          You know the best way to determine without a doubt that they made KILLER profits on original LOTR?…. The made Hobbit, and pushed it to 3 titles. Pretty bad business model for a follow up on a film they “made no money on”.

    • That’s depressing but ultimately true. I’m going to miss Middle Earth.

  2. that poster contains not a single Hobbit :/

  3. Although I admit the oddity that there is no Bilbo or any other Hobbits in the photo..that’s a brilliant shot right there.

  4. Let me guess…

    Sweeping establishing helicopter shots of massive CG armies,Endless exposition and drawn out discussions of days of old, A dragon, a Prophecy fulfilled, swords and Goblins and Orcs, the most hideous collection of badly made up characters this side of the rubber faced man in a mind numbingly, stomach-chruningly, unnatural looking high frame-rate which makes everything look like my Grandmother’s favorite episodes of General Hospital, rather than a feature film, and lots and lots of Englishy accents.

    Is this thing ever going to end Molly? Really, because that’s the story I’d dig reading.

    The Hobbit- My favorite book of al time. These movies…not so much.

    • You don’t have to see it in HFR. I saw part 1 in regular Imax, and had to go out of my way to find a theater showing part 2 in HFR. I agree it looks like a bad soap opera and I didn’t like the way it looked as much. I will be viewing this installment in a normal format.

      • You are so luky in the US. I live in germany and I am compelled to watch every movie in 3D and/or HFR that was shot in 3D and/or HFR. And I’am living in the capital of germany, in Berlin, not in a tiny little town. I haven’t found one cinema where I can choose :(. I think I have to emigrate.

  5. ‘Scuse the typos;)

  6. Isn’t Bilbo knocked unconsciousness for most of the battle of 5 armies? Maybe that’s why there is no Hobbit on the poster of The Hobbit.

    • In the book, Bilbo was knocked unconscious during a battle. Don’t know about the film version though.

      So pumped for this Trilogy.

    • The attack on Lake-Town is long before the battle of five armies. Bilbo will be up in the Lonely Mountain during the attack.

  7. Awesome poster! Need to have it.

  8. I like the movies better than the book. Everything about this trilogy that people hate is intentional. It’s not LotR, it’s the Hobbit Trilogy, which is about mmore than just Bilbo Baggins. If you can’t handle that then don’t watch the films.

    • A lot of people do not understand that. Nor do they understand the way Peter Jackson likes to work. But I do not care! I CAN NOT WAIT!!

  9. I can’t wait for Legolas to surf bombur straight into Smaugs heart and kill him.

  10. come on screen rant there been more news on the bofa need to be update

  11. I honestly don’t mind if this is the last we’ll see of Middle Earth. Having said that, it’ll be a shame to walk away after 6 films.

  12. i still think theres alot more story to tell…i think they should start a new franchise during the 4th age that revolves around Eldarion who is Aragons son who he had with Arwen (lord Elronds daughter)…the studios could get a different director and just let Peter Jackson stay on as writer and producer so he can work on diff projects

    • That’s exactly my question I had before. Can the studio still make movies in Middle Earth but are able to make up their characters but still use established locations and species?

  13. I do not care about what anybody says, I am so beyond excited for this and emotional at the same time. I am so sad to see it end, but I feel this move could be one of the best! The poster is absolutely amazing, and I can not wait until December!

    This just got me so excited!