Sonic the Hedgehog 2 director Jeff Fowler is sold on the idea of a Super Smash Bros. movie.
Fowler noted that he'd love to see Sonic enter the duke it out with some of Nintendo's most iconic characters even though it could be a legal nightmare. "Nothing would make me happier than to just throw all the characters into a battle royale and do a big Smash Bros. thing," said Fowler. "That would probably require some work from the lawyers before that could happen. Getting Mario and Sonic in the ring, I mean everyone would be kinda dying for that, right? That's just classic."
Super Smash Bros. is a Nintendo-owned video game series that pits its characters against one another in all-out arena battles. While the most recent entry in the franchise, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, boasts a roster of 89 fighters, some of the included characters are guests from non-Nintendo franchises. SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog is one such example but the game also boasts appearances by Metal Gear Solid's Solid Snake, Final Fantasy VII's Cloud and Kingdom Hearts' Sora.
Nintendo has not announced any kind of Smash Bros. adaption but the company's most iconic mascot Mario will soon be returning to the big screen for an animated feature film. While little is currently known about the project, the movie boasts a star-studded voice cast. Chris Pratt will be lending his vocal talents to the titular plumber while Charlie Day is playing his anxious brother Luigi. A host of other major actors including Anya Taylor-Joy, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key and Jack Black have also been confirmed in major roles.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 may not include any Nintendo cameos but the film is reportedly stuffed with references to the beloved video game franchise. "It's a great problem to have that there's so many great Easter eggs that we can incorporate... I couldn't even begin to list them because there's so much stuff for fans to get excited about," said Fowler.
Sonic's second big-screen outing has largely received positive reviews from critics and audiences, many of whom have praised the sequel for substantially building on the first movie. While some were unimpressed with its formulaic story, others lauded the movie's fun set-pieces and engaging performances from Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz and Idris Elba.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is now playing in theaters.