Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Motion Poster Revealed

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Motion Poster Revealed

When it was announced that Deadpool director Tim Miller would be directing a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog film, many fans of the game scratched their heads. And with the poster reveal today, which you can see in full after the jump, adding "From the Producer of The Fast and the Furious" doesn't help.

When we first heard there was a live-action Sonic The Hedgehog movie in the works, we didn't know what to expect from the CG, but we thought it'd be something like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but in the 21st Century.

The production team behind the movie opted to go for a more realistic take on Sonic - down to his updated new kicks - than the more cartoony version we've seen in the past. But if Sonic ends up looking like any of these creations for the entire movie, it'll instantly go from 'Regrettable live-action film akin to 1993's Super Mario Bros.' to 'Regrettable film that I must see for the sheer spectacle of it all'.

I'd say that the most off-putting element is the presence of bulging muscles in place of his usually-gangly limbs, but another thing that has fans concerned is the idea of Sonic's distinctive visor-like eyes being replaced with two separate eyeballs, for the sake of seeming a little more grounded in our reality.

The poster shows a silhouette of the speedy blue gaming icon, in a stance resembling short-distance runners on their marks at the Olympics, with much detail given to the shape of the beloved hedgehog's arms and legs. "It would be weird and it would feel like he was running around nude if he was some sort of otter-like thing". For us it has always seemed obvious that it would be covered in fur, and we never considered anything else. "For me, it's always about keeping it grounded and keeping it realistic", said Miller.

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The movie itself isn't out for a year yet, so there's plenty of time for things to change.

Reaction to Sonic's misguided attempt at a glo-up have ranged from horror to revulsion, with the speedster's fans coming out in force to ask what humanity has done to deserve this.

Sonic's friends Knuckles and Tails were also brought up in the interview.

Terri Schwartz is Editorial Manager of Entertainment at IGN.

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