If it’s a Hobbit movie, and there’s “Battle” in the title, you better believe that it’s going to be an eeeeeeeeeeepic battle. In both scale and duration. In an new look inside the final Hobbit movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, director Peter Jackson laid out just how big a battle with five armies can look like and some of the logistic challenges he faced creating, what looks to be, the most epic battle yet ever to take place on screen in Middle Earth. Of course, interest in The Hobbit isn’t as strong as it was before the trilogy began in 2012, but maybe with this we’re all interesting in going back to Middle Earth one last time…
In a preview in Entertainment Weekly, Jackson talked about the effort and energy being invested in making the final Hobbit the biggest Middle Earth film yet. What does it mean? It’s quantitative actually, because according to the filmmaker, the final battle is going to be a whopping 45 minutes long. That’s Bay-hem levels of carnage, but Jackson was up to the challenge. “There’s a lot of logistics that have to be thought through,” he said of the battle in Battle. “We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics.”
You can see Jackson’s sketch for the battle, which may be a bit spoilery, just after this image, which is being called the final poster for the film:
To give you some idea of the scale of the battle, EW published this sketch provided by Jackson. Amongst the detail is the use of eagles, which Jackson says he had to think carefully about using. “[Original Hobbit author J.R.R.] Tolkien uses eagles in a way that can be kind of awkward because they tend to show up out of the blue and change things pretty quickly,” he explained. “So here they’re just part of the plan, not the saviors. I mean, I do realize that if the eagles had just been able to bring Frodo to Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings and let him drop the ring in, those movies would have been much shorter.”
Here’s the sketch:
And here are some other images, which look like concept art, from Battle of the Five Armies:
Finally in Hobbit-related news, Forbes is saying that a preview trailer for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in front of The Hobbit when it comes out later this year. That’s not confirmed, because there’s also some speculation that the trailer will be in front of Interstellar when it comes out next week. Of course, the whole thing could leak a week early, am I right, Marvel?
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is in theaters everywhere December 17.