SDCC 2014: Fiery 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Teaser Poster

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:18 Written by  iamrogue
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SDCC 2014: Fiery 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Teaser Poster

The first teaser poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies contains no hobbits and zero armies.

Warner Bros. is showcasing the climactic installment in this jumbo-sized trilogy with a big Hall H panel at Comic-Con in San Diego this Saturday.

In order to ensure that all eyes are on Hall H, the studio has followed up last week's new image by unveiling a Comic-Con poster for the film formerly titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

This first poster for the sequel is certainly dramatic.  Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) lays fiery waste to Lake-Town, with Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) the only thing standing in his way.  Dramatic as it is, though, it actually seems like it would've been a more appropriate poster for the movie entitled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which ended in a cliffhanger before Smaug could actually cause much desolation.

The Battle of the Five Armies picks up with a pissed-off Smaug bearing down on Lake-Town.  Once the whole Smaug business is cleared up, there's the troublesome fact of that mountain full of gold and whatnot the dragon has been hoarding.  That's where the five armies come in, as factions from all over Middle Earth arrive for their crack at the booty within Erebor.

The poster dropped this morning via the official Hobbit Twitter.  Feast your eyes on Smaug's wrath:

Not that the title left much room for doubt anyway, but this poster makes it abundantly clear that Peter Jackson is going big in his final film based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth novels.

Though he's increasingly overshadowed by huge spectacle, Martin Freeman is still the star of the trilogy as the young Bilbo Baggins.  He's joined once again in The Battle of the Five Armies by Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Ian Holm as the older Bilbo, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Lee Pace as Thranduil, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, and Christopher Lee as Saruman.

And, of course, the dwarf party returns with Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Aidan Turner as Kili, Dean O'Gorman as Fili, Ken Stott as Balin, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, William Kircher as Bifur, James Nesbitt as Bofur, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, John Callen as Oin, Peter Hambleton as Gloin, Adam Brown as Ori, Mark Hadlow  as Dori, and Jed Brophy as Nori.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies arrives in theaters on December 17th.  Check back to IAR this Saturday for word on the Hall H panel.

Here's the official synopsis:

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

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