THE NEWS BUNDLE: Bilbo Is On Guard From Spiders In All-New Banner Art for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

With a month to go until its release, Warner Brothers has kept promotion steady in the past week for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. While last week found a wave of character posters, this week has focused on banner are as the latest image unveiled included a fair share of familiar faces. Now, a new banner sheds light on only our main character as he finds himself covered and alone in quite the dark environment.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all—a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself—the Dragon Smaug.

Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Aidan Turner, Stephen Fry, Luke Evans, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Sylvester McCoy, Lee Pace, Bret McKenzie, Orlando Bloom, Manu Bennett and more, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters on December 13th.

Click on the banner for a larger look (via Twitter):