The first scene relesed for Twisted Metal shows no vehicle combat, the hallmark of the video game series.
We’re seeing another video game adaptation make its way to Peacock, with Twisted Metal getting a series treatment on July 27, 2023. Based on the video game series of the same name, Twisted Metal will bring us to a post-apocalyptic wasteland and hopefully boast a high level of vehicular combat that the video games are known for. We finally got a sneak peek when Peacock shared a short trailer featuring Anthony Mackie’s John Doe character getting into a casino brawl with Samoa Joe’s Sweet Tooth on their YouTube page.
Sweet Tooth is considered the mascot of the Twisted Metal video game series, and his face has been on the cover of every video game. So it’s only natural that writer and creator Michael Jonathan Smith wants to lean into this killer clown characterization for the upcoming series by highlighting Sweet Tooth’s cackling countenance in the lead promotion. Throughout the run of Twisted Metal games, Sweet Tooth can be seen driving around in an ice cream truck that has been modified for combat in the Twisted Metal arena, and he is known to have gotten increasingly more menacing and sadistic as the game, and his character, evolved through its many sequels.
In the Twisted Metal trailer, we see a comedic confrontation between John Doe and Sweet Tooth inside a smoky casino as they exchange blows to the tune of Sisqó’s “Thong Song.” After realizing that Sweet Tooth can easily overpower him, John Doe suggests that they continue their fight using their cars, which is clearly a callback to the Twisted Metal franchise’s car-centric game-play. We’re, at the very least, hoping to see some carnage on the road or in the arena when the series premieres.
Reception to the Twisted Metal series trailer can be described as mixed-to-negative, with many fans hoping that the series doesn’t disappoint. But despite these mixed reviews, long-time Twisted Metal fans are holding out hope that the series is successful, and that a new video game will eventually be developed to piggyback off of its success. Without knowing much more based on what we’ve seen, we’re hoping that the latter camp, though guarded in their enthusiasm, is correct to think that the series has potential.
The half-hour live-action Twisted Metal series will center around John Doe, a milkman with amnesia who is tasked with delivering a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland in an attempt to secure a better future. We can only assume that John Doe’s run-in with Sweet Tooth is just the beginning of his journey before he hits the road full of marauding motorists. Though if the trailer is any indication, we have reason to suspect that the Michael Johnathan Smith series took some creative liberties to flesh out an engaging story line throughout the upcoming 10-episode run.
Principal photography for the Twisted Metal action-comedy series began in May 2022, and wrapped a few months later in August. Creator Michael Jonathan Smith said that they had some production issues on location in New Orleans due to lightning delays, hurricane threats, extreme heat, and some automotive issues, which hopefully means that we’ll see some vehicular combat after all.