The first Sonic film was quite the hot topic back when the first poster was released, and fans had a glimpse at the character’s silhouette before they got to see the real deal. What fans got was apparently not up to their standards as the reveal was met with immediate backlash on its more realistic approach to the popular hedgehog. It was announced soon after that the studio would be delaying the film and that they would be heading back to the drawing board to redesign the character. The new design was a hit, capturing an aesthetic that pleased fans of the popular franchise and would go on gross $300+ million at the box office, scoring an immediate greenlight on the sequel.
Towards the end of the credits of the first film, fans were met with the arrival of another fan-favorite character: Tails. Many began to wonder if we’d be seeing any other characters joining Sonic in the upcoming sequel and new set photos have indeed confirmed that Knuckles the Echidna is jumping into the fray. The character, like Sonic and Tails, is sporting another accurate look to his video game counterpart and is sure to bring some brute force with him in this one.
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Sonic 2 is currently set to release on April 8th, 2022 with director Jeff Fowler back to helm the project. The cast for the upcoming film includes more returning talent such as James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, and Ben Schwartz. It‘s currently unknown if Jim Carrey will reprise his role as Dr. Robotnik in the sequel, and casting for Tails and Knuckles still remains under wraps. In Tail’s brief appearance at the end of the first film, the character was voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessy, who’s been voicing the character for quite some time now; it’s unknown if she will be reprising that role.