Warner Bros. Pictures’ Comic Con panel this morning devoted half of its runtime to Peter Jackson’s final film in his prequel saga – “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”.
Jackson and almost all the major cast (McKellen, Freeman, Armitage couldn’t be there) were in attendance to talk up the movie at a panel hosted by Stephen Colbert dressed in the outfit he wore whilst doing a cameo in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”.
Jackson says lots of the film’s effects are still being worked on and he’s still doing some motion capture filming at this time. The tone of the new film is much darker, Jackson saying: “There’s a lot of sadness and tragedy. It’s not as comical as the first Hobbit movie and they’re progressively getting to tone of Fellowship Of The Ring.” He added that: “it’s always great when you can kill off some main characters.”
The footage itself was a teaser trailer starting with Bilbo uttering the line “One day I’ll remember, remember everything that happened. The good, the bad. Those who survived… and those who did not.” That was followed by shots of Smaug strafing Laketown, huge armies getting into formation, Gandalf riding his horse, Tauriel weeping, an ice chase, a flash of Sauron, Bard and Thorin sharing a hostile exchange, and finally Thorin asking “Will you follow me one last time?”
The panel also featured a several minute gag reel from the all the films in Jackson’s Middle Earth saga including Hugo Weaving dressed as Agent Smith and Gandalf in his underwear. It preceded news that Jackson still has some scenes from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that haven’t been seen anywhere, like Aragorn and Arwen meeting for the first time.
Those scenes are currently stored in a vault in Arizona and could be included in a six-film box-set sometime down the line.