From the people who brought us The Fast and the Furious and Deadpool, comes a new live-action version of iconic Sega character Sonic the Hedgehog – and the first art for the film is leaving fans worried.
Paramount released the first teaser poster for Sonic the Hedgehog, which shows the character silhouetted:
The guys that brought you Deadpool & The Fast and the Furious are bringing SONIC THE HEDGEHOG to the big screen! #SonicMovie speeds into theatres Nov 2019.
— Paramount Pictures (@ParamountPics) December 10, 2018
It seems that the stylistic similarities begin and end with Sonic’s blue blur and spiked hair, as fans immediately noted that the unsettling muscular appearance of Sonic looks as though an Olympic athlete has been shrunken down to the size of a toddler – not unlike 8-year-old bodybuilder Little Hercules.
But this isn’t the most unsettling change that Sonic is set for, as the most horrifying change is yet to be revealed – the film will give Sonic is separate eyeballs instead of his ‘one big eye, two pupils’ look.
Speaking to IGN, executive producer Tim Miller explained some of the changes, “I don’t think Sega was entirely happy with the eye decision, but these sorts of things you go, ‘It’s going to look weird if we don’t do this.’ But everything is a discussion, and that’s kind of the goal, which is to only change what’s necessary and stay true to the rest of it. [Sonic’s] not going to feel like a Pixar character would because I don’t think that’s the right aesthetic to make it feel like part of our world.”
Naturally, fans took to twitter to horrify us all with art of what this Sonic could potentially look like:
I can’t wait for the live action sonic movie pic.twitter.com/e6SU51bf7X
— BlazetheFireDragon (@Blaze_TFD) December 10, 2018
— Marcos Lopez (@iammarcpi) December 10, 2018
— Brachy [Commissions Closed] (@BrachyZoid) December 10, 2018
Now, Paramount has released another poster for the film, which has Sonic bending physics to snap a pick from the top of the Golden Gate bridge:
Apparently this is another poster for the 'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie?
Oh boy. pic.twitter.com/aX8qh9jnBr
— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) December 12, 2018
Which has some fans attempting the unnatural pose with little result:
I just couldn’t get my thigh out of the shot, I couldn’t pic.twitter.com/QSKGrBpXoS
— Arin Hanson, you say? (@egoraptor) December 13, 2018
Not to be outdone, however, the new official account for the film has responded to the internet backlash by highlighting the overly muscular legs with an apology note:
— Sonic The Hedgehog (@SonicMovie) December 18, 2018
If this is how crazy the Sonic the Hedgehog film is already, there’s confusing times ahead for us all.
Sonic the Hedgehog is set for release on November 8th, 2019 in the US, and December 26th, 2019 in the UK.