The first full trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog hit the internet a few days ago, and the response was pretty much universal: people really, really, really, really, really, really, REALLY did not like the way Sonic looked.
Oh, many of us argued over everything else going on in that trailer - Jim Carrey's performance, the use of a Coolio song on the soundtrack, the bizarre decison to bring Sonic into our world rather than to take the action into Sonic's (far more colorful, far more interesting) world, the trailer's weird pacing and the way it made one joke after another fall flat, the bizarre and unexpected similarities between Sonic The Hedgehog and the largely-forgotten James Marsden vehicle, Hop - but on one thing we could all agree: Sonic's look was absolute trash.
Well, guess what? It would appear that the internet's bitching has been heard from up on high. Stand by for an important message from the Twitter feed of Jeff Fowler, director of Paramount's forthcoming Sonic The Hedgehog movie:
Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear... you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be... #sonicmovie #gottafixfast ��✌️— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 2, 2019
That's right, folks: the internet's reaction to Sonic's look was so off-the-chart negative, Fowler says they're redesigning said look before the film's arrival in November. This is a fairly staggering move, all things considered (things like: "Will overhauling Sonic's look result in the film being delayed?" or "Is there perhaps a slippery slope to be found anywhere in here?"), one we're not quite sure we've ever seen before in the world of film.
It'll be interesting to see where things go from here. Lots of unanswered questions. Will we see no further marketing from Sonic The Hedgehog until the overhaul's taken place? Will the film get bumped? What happens if fans also hate the second design? Will the original trailers be yanked offline by the studio? Can you remember a case where this happened before?
Sound off below, stay tuned for further updates as they roll in.