A big-budget Hollywood blockbuster based on Sega’s furry speedster shouldn’t have worked. When the first piece of footage for the Sonic the Hedgehog film was released, onlookers hung their heads in disgust at what was shown to them. Sonic was morphed into a 3D representation of every young child’s make-believe closet monster, the use of the song “Gangsta’s Paradise” made no sense thematically and everything just appeared to be heading down the usual terrain of terrible video game movie fodder.
In a rare moment of self-reflection and actually listening to fan feedback, the powers that be went back to the drawing board to drastically alter their onscreen model of everyone’s favorite hedgehog. Once the character’s cuter and less horrifying appearance was revealed, fan goodwill was showered upon the project once the second trailer became public. Fast forward to the film’s ongoing performance in theaters and we now live in a world where a Sonic the Hedgehog film delivered big box office numbers and garnered favorable reviews. What a time to be alive for Sonic fans…
One of the best parts of the movie didn’t even happen during the film itself – it was actually the pre-movie sequence that was reminiscent of the ones moviegoers are used to seeing before MCU and DCEU films. Sega’s impressive catalog of IPs could be seen across a multitude of smaller screens, which had to be a pleasant surprise for hardcore gamers sitting in those movie theatre seats. All signs are now pointing towards Sega adapting their other franchises into future films and connecting them all within some sort of Sega Cinematic Universe. That prospect seems more like a safe bet now that the Sonic film has done huge numbers financially, pleased viewers young and old, and led to a 2022 sequel.
Sega, hear us out for a few minutes. We know which games would make for awesome movie experiences and are confident in them being just as successful as Sonic the Hedgehog. You can thank us for these recommendations later and request our bank routing number info once we’re done.