Last year, with the release of the first official teaser poster for The Desolation of Smaug, I wrote a post regarding the powerful simplicity of the imagery, and how it fitted so well with the first poster from An Unexpected Journey.
The solitary figure of Bilbo stepping out of Bag End in one, and then looking at the entrance to Erebor in another, are of significant importance to the whole concept of the story and a sense of consistency is retained between the two.
In that post, I wished the poster for the last Hobbit installment would receive a similar treatment.
Now, with the release of the third film’s poster (see here), we have yet a similar style of imagery … sort of.
Suffice to say, this new poster is extraordinary.
The fiery-red colour palette, Smaug’s ridiculously-creepy expression and Bard’s defiant stand, are all features of an incredible piece of artwork.
Now, some people have already pointed out the similarities with other works (most notably, a Japanese manga series poster).
But to be honest, who cares?
Let’s also just look at the three posters side by side, shall we?
There is definitely a striking resemblance between the three, and it reflects the hard work and thought that went into the process of creating a sense of continuity across the Trilogy.
Now, I strongly believe we’ll be getting another poster after Comic-Con; since I believe that what has been released yesterday, is specifically intended for that event.
Perhaps we may get another piece of artwork – for the teaser trailer – featuring the titular Hobbit this time.
In the meantime, which of the three posters from the Trilogy do you like best?
Personally, it’s hard to decide between them, since they all are of particular significance.
However, considering we’re in the euphoric phase of The Battle of the Five Armies, I simply can’t take my eyes off that! 😉