The 9th of December saw the 2021 annual Game Awards being held in L.A. The awards show celebrates the gaming industry as well as revealing world premieres of upcoming games. However, this year’s show also had a film trailer to showcase, and one that’s been highly anticipated since 2020: Sonic the Hedgehog.
After the film’s backlash concerning the design of Sonic himself, and the resulting corrections, ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ made over $319.7 million worldwide. It became one of the biggest video game films of all time, so, a sequel would soon be in the works, especially considering the end credit scene with Tails.
‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ follows Sonic as he settles into his new world with his human friend Tom (James Marsden – Hairspray, Enchanted). But villains will always return and, this time, Dr Robotnik (Jim Carrey – The Mask, Liar Liar) has brought in a new enemy to help him out: Knuckles!
After the first appearance of Tails, fans were hoping Knuckles would make an appearance on the big screen. And he looks amazing! Not only is the red Echidna completely accurate to his gaming design, but his powers look visually fantastic. Plus, he’s voiced by Idris Elba (The Suicide Squad), an actor who I love. His brief voice acting in the trailer fits perfectly with the character, so I look forward to his voice performance in the film.
The trailer also reveals a Chaos Emerald, a staple in the Sonic franchise. And, thankfully, the film’s version is a floating Emerald, reflecting their look in the games. I’m glad the sequel has chosen to portray the characters and items exactly as they appear in the source material instead of opting for a more realistic approach.
Unsurprisingly, I can’t wait for ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’. Not only is the sequel accepting the ridiculousness of the source material, but it looks like a lot of fun. Knuckles looks fantastic too, and Idris Elba has the perfect voice for the character. Sonic was a film franchise that was expected to fail, but I’m glad it’s become a success. Hopefully the sequel carries that same success when it comes to cinemas next year.
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