The new 'Hobbit 3' banner is basically a "Top 10"-y list of things to look forward to in the film. Taking the same storyboard format as previous key art for the earlier installments, this latest poster chronicles some of the epic moments to come, including a fiery showdown with the dragon Smaug and one blood-spattered battle.
Evangeline Lilly has only been confirmed so far as playing Hope van Dyne in 'Ant-Man', daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet van Dyne. In the comics, Janet is The Wasp, and many have speculated that, like how Hank Pym passes the mantle of Ant-Man to a younger version (Scott Lang, as played by Paul Rudd), Hope would take up the mantle of The Wasp. There's no confirmation yet, but Lilly showed off her 'Ant-Man' look and it certainly looks Wasp-y.
There comes a time when we must stop kidding ourselves. These 'Hobbit' films – with 'The Desolation of Smaug' representing the shank of the trilogy – are not real movies. These are exploitation films for Tolkien nuts, for enthusiasts of the original 'Lord of the Rings' movies and for audiences so hungry for high fantasy they'll gobble up whatever is served to them and ask for seconds.
As someone who has sympathy, but not empathy, for those who have such proclivities, I can get why someone might come away liking this picture. But that is more of an involuntary reaction to exposure to certain elements, not the summation of a film. Listen, there's a grey-bearded wizard who warns in low tones about a place that sounds like “Doggledoor.” And there's someone referred to as “Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror.” I love that geekorama stuff more than most. It's hilarious, and I'll probably refer to my cat as “Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror” for the next week. But this movie doesn't cohere – there's no forward momentum, no character development, no story happening. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a fibber.
'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is now just over a month away, bringing back Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen and that bumbling band of dwarfs to continue their journey to face down the evil dragon Smaug. But who are the new warriors we'll meet along the way? If you still don't know your Tolkien mythology, Warner Bros. has released seven new 'The Hobbit 2' character posters.
Yesterday, the trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' debuted online and there was much rejoicing within the geek world. However, there was seemingly no one as excited as the ladies seen in the video above, who recorded their reaction to the trailer and put it on YouTube. These two fangirls probably expected fellow Middle Earth fans to watch the video and share in their excitement, but they definitely didn't expect director Peter Jackson to see it and arrange a response.
When the second chapter of Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' rolls into theaters later this year, audiences will meet a character created specifically for the film. 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' will introduce an elven warrior named Tauriel, who will be played by Evangeline Lilly of 'Lost' fame, and our first look at the character has arrived!