I'm a little unclear why, in fact, they went forward with the movie in the first place if they didn't feel like the initial design was really that strong. "I think fans will be pleased", Miller told Variety.
Though the footage itself revealed a serviceable CG-animated adventure with a amusing enough scene from none other than Jim Carrey himself as Dr. Ivo Robotnik, fans could only focus on one thing: Sonic's new look. We shall see. I'm willing to wait for the next trailer and give Sonic a chance to become the most fantastic Valentine's Day movie since Deadpool when it comes out next year. 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, '" Miller said.
Of course, nothing has been revealed thus far about how Sonic will look in the revised version of the film, but it's highly likely the team took numerous suggestions from fans to make the hedgehog look more like his classic Sega Genesis counterpart on board. It was exactly the right way to handle that. Fans immediately flooded social media to complain - not about the flick itself, but about the title character's design, which featured such bizarrely human traits as ripped calves and, well, teeth that simply can't be unseen.
I genuinely hope Sonic the Hedgehog is good, partially for the animators who are putting in extra hours to "fix" the movie, but mostly because I want a sequel with Charmy Bee. "There's a right way to listen". But giving in to immediate fan-backlash is a slippery slope. After the trailer hit the web, the backlash was almost instantaneous. People weren't sold on the new look of the character at all. But a door has been opened now, and there's no way to close it.
Sonic the Hedgehog opens in theaters on February 14, 2020.