One of the biggest elements to take away from the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, besides its titular character’s controversial design, is who they cast as the main villain. Iconic comedian Jim Carrey’s casting as Dr. Robotnik (i.e. Dr. Eggman) certainly made Sonic fans intrigued at best for the upcoming project. Luckily Carrey’s performance was deemed as one of the highlights of an otherwise poorly received trailer. The trailer’s backlash prompted director Jeff Fowler to delay his live action video game adaptation to February 2020 in order to fix Sonic’s design.
During a recent interview with IGN for his Showtime series Kidding, Jim Carrey was asked about his thoughts on the film getting delayed. Carrey described it as being a bit out of control, given the idea of audiences having a say on the film product as it’s in development. The actor certainly understands that people have a strong childhood connection with Sonic, so they deem themselves entitled to a sense of ownership over the property. However he also described it as more of a bandwagon thing by saying, “Sometimes you find that the collective consciousness decides it wants something, and then when it get it, it goes, ‘Okay. I just wanted it. I didn’t care about it. I just jumped on the bandwagon’ or whatever.”
Carrey’s statement could imply that the redesign might not fully change people’s thoughts on Sonic the Hedgehog, suggesting they were ragging on the trailer for fun rather than out of genuine concern for the character. There’s still a good amount of time before the film’s official release so, when the next trailer comes out with the updated design, it’ll likely play a deciding factor on whether people will still care about the Sonic movie.
Sonic the Hedgehog is set for release on February 14 2020.