Sonic The Hedgehog movie seeks thigh praise in response to criticism over buff legs

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Dec 18, 2018, 2:41 PM EST

Sonic the Hedgehog’s online presence has always been dominated by plenty of fan art that Sega would never, ever put the greenlight on, but the first poster for the live-action Sonic movie had some fans creating a viral ruckus over the blue speedster’s jacked gams. Those strong legs were the cause of much discussion and mockery by video game and movie fans alike, all wary of the dismal history of adaptation from one form to the other.

However, though Jeff Fowler is handling directorial duties for the Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, and James Marsden-starring film, Deadpool’s Tim Miller helped develop it and is executive-producing. That knack for a certain sense of humor may be wheedling its way into the film’s early marketing attempts, especially considering Paramount’s response to the leg controversy.

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With the hashtag #RespectTheLegs, the official Twitter account for the film beefed those hedgehog kickers up to the max while providing a scribbled plea for acceptance. "Can't a guy work out?" No, Sonic. Not you.

Workout stigma or no, holding up a sign on the internet is a surefire way to have its content erased and replaced a la Arrival’s Amy Adams. At least the sign-off shows no hard feelings — only hard quads — as fans await further joke trading in the new year.

Sonic the Hedgehog zips into theaters on Nov. 8, 2019.