A new Sonic the Hedgehog 2 title announcement for confirms Tails will have a major role, reaffirms the release date, and features a classic tune.
A new Sonic the Hedgehog 2 title announcement video has been released, confirming that Tails will have a major role, reaffirming the sequel’s release date, and featuring a remix of a classic tune from the video games. After the huge success of Sonic the Hedgehog in 2020, a follow-up was inevitable, and new and old fans alike have waited excitedly for news of what’s to come. Hopefully, the second film can expand on the success of the first and deliver another positive entry in the video game adaptation space.
Leading up to its theatrical release, Sonic the Hedgehog faced heavy skepticism. The franchise had already lost a good deal of its once-immense cultural presence, video game movie adaptations have been notorious bad for decades, and the version of Sonic shown in the first trailer was disappointing to say the least. Nevertheless, after some major CGI redesigns of the titular protagonist, Sonic the Hedgehog released to positive reviews and a great performance at the box office. Now it just remains to be seen if the Sonic sequel can make lightning strike twice for the Blue Blur.
A new title announcement teaser from Paramount Pictures has given fans their first glimpse at what’s to come and confirms the title is simply Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The logo features a yellow “2” with two furry tails sprouting out of it, confirming that Miles “Tails” Prower, the mechanically-minded twin-tailed flying fox, will play a major role in the sequel. Tails was already teased at the end of the first movie, but seeing him be played up so prominently in the teaser is exciting. The music playing in the background of the video is also a remix of the Emerald Hill Zone theme - the first level of the video game Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - suggesting that the new movie will take inspiration from its namesake in multiple ways. The teaser has also reaffirmed a theatrical release date of April 8, 2022.
Tails himself was introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the first of many more colorful animal characters to come. By emphasizing both Tails’s role and the Emerald Hill theme, Sega and Paramount are strongly invoking the second game in the series, which is also one of the most beloved. With luck, that could mean Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will prioritize more settings and circumstances from the games over the real-world story of the first film. If Emerald Hill is being teased, maybe Chemical Plant will make an appearance as well.
One big question looming over Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is if any other characters from the games will appear. Knuckles the Echidna has been heavily rumored, and a recent unconfirmed report even claimed that Jason Momoa had been offered the role. Knuckles didn’t enter the games until Sonic the Hedgehog 3, however, and if the new movie is staying as true to the original Sonic 2 as it looks, fans might have to be content with just Sonic and Tails for the time being. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will release in theaters on April 8, 2022.