New Posters for ‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ & ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

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The Hobbit Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins 570x294 New Posters for Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug & Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The Dwarves, the Hobbit and the wizard have been out of the frying pan into the fire and now they’re heading back into the woods and beyond in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second part of Peter Jackson’s second Tolkien trilogy. As the title suggests, and the trailers have teased, this sequel will see our heroes facing off against the dreaded dragon Smaug, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch using similar motion capture techniques to those used to create and animate Gollum.

With fifteen members of the main adventuring party and many others crossing their paths throughout the tale, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is ripe with characters of all different races, and seven of those characters now have their own individual posters. Smaug is not one of them, which is a bit cheeky considering it’s his name in the title of the movie.

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is shown with his sword either half-drawn or half-sheathed, depending on how optimistic you might be feeling; Gandalf (Ian McKellen) is also favoring metal over magic; meanwhile, Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and original elf character Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) are both shown wielding Elven weaponry and Legolas’ father, Thranduil (Lee Pace) wears the twiggy crown of the Elvenking. The final two characters to be privileged with their own posters are Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans), who lock horns over the matter of what should be done with Smaug.


There have also been a couple of posters for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes circulating today, one of which was found to be a well-made fake by a fan with Photoshop skills. The other, which cropped up on Latino Review and features an ape carrying an assault rifle on horseback (that’s a lot of phobias in one place) against a fiery red backdrop is actually a promo for the online prequel comic Before the Dawn, which bridges the ten year gap between the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the beginning of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The comic is short and worth a read, and this image works nicely as a promo for the film itself.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Comic Con promo poster 570x667 New Posters for Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug & Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continues the tale of Caesar (Andy Serkis) as he leads a small but growing nation of intelligent apes, and must balance his responsibility and loyalty to his people and his family with his desire to establish a connection with a faction of surviving humans led by Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) and Malcolm (Jason Clarke). This is an interesting change in dynamic, as the apes are no longer slaves or underdogs trying to escape human civilization, but instead are an increasing dominant species that is more or less on equal footing with the humans.

Hobbits, Elves, Men, Dwarves and apes all readying themselves for battle as these two highly-anticipated sequels draw closer and close to release. If only more of Thorin’s party had been featured on their very own posters; I never get tired of looking at those facial prosthetics and crazy beards.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in theaters on December 13th, 2013.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in U.S. theaters on July 18th, 2014.

Source: Warner Bros, Latino Review

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  1. I really enjoyed Rise and am looking forward to Dawn. Definitely going to check out the online prequel comic as well, the promo poster looks menacing!

    I wish I could get in to The Hobbit more as I grew up reading Tolkien and the animated movie was watched and re-watched but after 12 hours+ of this world with The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit I think I’m done.

  2. Wow, Bilbo is so Photoshopped he looks like a different person (with too much make-up on).

  3. Think Peter Jackson favours elves over dwarves. Out of the new film posters to a film where all the main characters bar 2 are dwarves only 1 picture features a dwarf! Please don’t neglect them. They’re not under-rated comic relief characters. They are the heroes of this story!

  4. Hm. I suspect Martin Freeman has been photoshopped purposefully to make him look more like Frodo. Would make sense as the promise has been to increase the darkness to align it more to ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Still looks awful though…

    Still cannot work out the idea of the trailers though. Spent all that time obscuring Smaug in ‘The Hobbit’, only to reveal him in the first trailer. His voice in trailer two would’ve been enough, saving the reveal for the movie.

    • Loved Rise of the Planet of the apes and the promo is looking sweet. Could the sequel be Dark Knight potential or a sci-fi landmark? I don’t know but I know the planet of the apes has potential for greatness, the first one is a sci-fi landmark. Terminator did it twice so why can’t this. Also looking forward to Desolation of Smaug, loved the first one( even thought the original trilogy is better) because it introduced me to a world that I quickly fell in love with. Legolas ,Gandalf and Thranduil’s posters look badass (as usual).

      • Agreed about ‘Rise…’. Was a genuine surprise to me as I expected very little from it. It did have a few flaws (the mirroring of the two separate stories did not mesh together for me in a convincing manner), but Andy Serkis is an utterly remarkable, innovative presence in the movie industry and his influence was all over that movie (not just in the role of Caeser).

        I eagerly await, assuming the Academy has the appropriates to do so, the moment he gets an Oscar nomination. Not only would it be merited, but it would legitimise a part of the industry Hollywood seems very reluctant to legitimise. Serkis in this sense is a one man army.

        • Who’s ass do I have to kick so Andy Serkis get’s an Oscar.

    • Yes, I was quite disappointed that they showed Smaug in the trailer. I agree that the voice would have been enough.

      I’ve read though that the director doesn’t usually make the trailer so that could be why. I wonder if Jackson had any input, or if he cared that they showed Smaug or not.

        • Oh, Smaug looked outstanding in the first trailer. The malevolent grin was perfect. Just curious as to why they showed him at all. I (perhaps wrongly?) do remember a lot of fan dissent at ‘The Hobbit’ about never once getting to see him, so maybe that was a response to the fans.

          Or, as Pyronaut suggests, perhaps Jackson didn’t cut the first trailer himself. Which if is true, I guarantee he did then cut the second one.

          • You know at this point they have done enough teasing

  5. I think the posters looks great, don’t really see a problem with them :/

  6. Monkey in the picture is looking grumpy. Is he sitting on the pommel of the horse’s saddle?

  7. I’m not talking about the posters ..I’m talking about the dragon

    • I’m not talking about you… I’m talking about some of the other commenters.

      • Btw, the dragon looks fine. And I’m sure he will look even better in the actual film. Trailers never accurately show how good CG will be compared to the finished product (Ender’s Game being a great recent example).

        • Forget that last comment, didn’t finish reading yours, lol.