Weta Digital senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri and visual effects supervisor Dan Lemmon spoke recently to Collider about the upcoming [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312). They also give a brief update on what they'll be doing on the huge [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870).
Weta digital has been around for a while getting their big break with The Fellowship of the Ring and since then going from strength to strength with effects work on movies such as District 9, [The Avengers](movie:9040) [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) and [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes](movie:322904).
Speaking briefly about their progress on the next Hobbit movie, they commented:
The Hobbit’s going great. We’ve got a lot of stuff already turned over to Peter, we’re in the middle of it, we’re cranking through it.
Originally titled There and Back Again, the third movie was retitled the The Battle of the Five Armies because:
...it is the climax, and you really just need to know that there is another battle for Middle-earth. The whole extension of The Hobbit’s story has really been to get us to the point where we understand when we leave it what’s going to happen when you pick up the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and this really does kind of set that tone.
The guys from Weta were finally asked about having 'battle' in the title and did this mean that the people involved are openly saying that this is going to be the biggest thing you've seen in all films.
We hope so, that’s the whole idea. You’ve got all these worlds of Middle-earth—when I say worlds I mean the elves and the orcs and everyone sort of coming together in this final battle. It’s got to give you that sense that if this isn’t won, there is no Lord of the Rings; everything’s over at this point. So this has to happen, and that allows the sort of peaceful interlude you have before the next trilogy starts.
So we're probably going to see a bit of the atmosphere present at the very start of The Fellowship right at the end of this movie. That'll be cool, it'll give a nice symmetry to the whole thing. The guys, finally, were asked about their involvement in the Superman sequel. Having been the crew that created that stunning opening sequence in [Man of Steel](movie:15593) and all the subsequent Krypton footage I'll be very interested to see what they put together for the next one.
Here's what they said:
We are working on the Man of Steel sequel, yes… We can’t say much more than that, but we’re excited.
We always seemed to get snubbed when asking the Superman questions. Hopefully it means that it's gonna be awsome.
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