With fan reception of Paramount's upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog film vocally mixed, the latest round of leaked images have similarly fueled online criticism.
Yesterday, marketing images for the redesigned iconic video game character as he appears in the film were posted online before being deleted. The images reveal a much more photorealistic design for the character instead of Sonic's usual cartoonish appearance. Since then, response of members of the fanbase on the franchise's fan Twitter account has been decidedly negative.
The comments in the thread of the original leaked images range from memes poking fun at the redesign to direct comparisons to Sonic's visual evolution across the franchise's history to outright disapproval of the new look.
Fans similarly had negatively reacted to the studio releasing a motion poster this past December teasing the redesign with Paramount later releasing a tweet joking about the negative reaction to the redesigned character's muscular legs. Judging by reaction to the new images, fan response is not poised to improve.
Directed by Jeff Fowler, Sonic the Hedgehog stars Ben Schwartz as Sonic and Jim Carrey as Doctor Ivo Robotnik, with James Marsden, Neal McDonald, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally and Natasha Rothwell. It is scheduled to be released in theaters everywhere on November 8.