Sonic The Hedgehog movie producer Tim Miller reckons fans will be pretty pleased with the character's redesign following the rife backlash stemming from the trailer.
Fans were understandably disappointed with Sonic's look and made their feeling known all over the internet, prompting Paramount Pictures to announce a delay for the movie in order to give the famous blue hedgehog a fresh appearance.
Paramount has yet to put the new design on display, but Miller says he believes fans will be happy with it.
"I think fans will be pleased," he told Variety. Miller went on to describe the moment the trailer launched and the criticism started rolling in. He says he went to director Jeff Fowler to tell him that owning up would be the best thing to do but the latter didn't need the advice as he had already put out a tweet.
"Look, I was with fans and so was Jeff. When the s**t hit the fan, I went over there and said, 'The most important thing to do, man, is say, 'I f**ked up,''" he recalled. "He'd already sent a tweet out an hour before I got there. He's a good man. It was exactly the right way to handle that. The fans have a voice in this too. There's a right way to listen."
In fairness, Fowler wasted little time reaching out to fans to let them know that they would have their way.
"Thank you for the support. And the criticism," he wrote. "The message is loud and clear... you aren't happy with the design and you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount and Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be."
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
The movie has been given a new release date and will launch on February 14, 2020. Initially, it was feared that the redesign would demand lots of man hours, but the #gottaixfast hashtag suggested that it might not take that long.
Sure enough, the delay is only three months and you could take your partner to see the movie on Valentine's Day if you're so inclined. In fact, we can't think of a better way to spend such a special day - unless, of course, Sonic still ends up looking bad.