Sonic the Hedgehog has had an Ugly Duckling-esque rise to glory. While the movie didn’t blow too many people away, it’s solidly respected as an all-around good time, and that’s a huge improvement over its initially horrific prospects. Now, though, most of us have had time to see the movie and think about how faithful it was to various aspects of Sonic the Hedgehog.
One thing that jumped out for many viewers, for example, was the lack of Super Sonic. It really seemed to be coming, especially at the movie’s climax, but Sonic ultimately never amped up to his highest power levels. In an interview with Comicbook.com, director Jeff Fowler clarified that Super Sonic very nearly did make it into Sonic the Hedgehog, but that they ultimately just could not fit it cohesively into the Blue Blur’s first movie.
“It didn’t make sense to obviously bring in the Super Sonic thing just yet. I mean, there were very early versions of the script and the outlines where… because we knew that’s something that’s very important in the fan mythology, or the mythology that fans love. And Chaos Emeralds are definitely a huge part, even going back to the first game in ’91, and it was definitely something that we were kind of trying to see. Like, Does it make sense to include one of these?”
It makes sense to hold off. Sonic the Hedgehog has a lot of source material to work with, from beloved characters like Knuckles to the aforementioned Chaos Emeralds and Super Sonic. Based on the first movie’s success, the minds behind it will have their shot at incorporating these missing elements into a few sequels. I’d much rather they keep things slow and fun than just cram the whole Sonic Encylopedia into a one hundred minute movie.