Twisted Metal is a classic PlayStation video game franchise that most gamers who grew up in the '90s remember with fond memories. It's also the source for an upcoming television series from Peacock.
The streamer shared a new sneak peek from the series and it's certainly a bold departure from the video games that is based on. In fact, just about the only recognizable similarity between the two is the inclusion of Sweet Tooth, the deranged clown.
The new clip drops us in the middle of a brawl between Anthony Mackie's John Doe and Sweet Tooth (played by Samoa Joe and voiced by Will Arnett). But rather than having the combat take place between the two in their respective vehicles -- as one would expect from a Twisted Metal series -- the two are engaged in hand-to-hand combat instead. And clearly, John Doe is outmatched.
Perhaps more surprising than the lack of vehicles is the tone. We already knew that Peacock's adaptation is going to be an "action comedy" but the type of humor is on full display here when Sweet Tooth turns on his "kill music." I won't spoil anything, but just go ahead and check out the clip below.
Once again, this would have been the perfect opportunity to blast Rob Zombie's "Dragula" or "Superbeast," two iconic tracks from the games, but instead, we get a gag joke -- possibly even worse than Lens' "Steal My Sunshine" from the first teaser.
The latest clip doesn't offer any additional substance such as plot details, but we already know the general synopsis for the series:
Twisted Metal, a half-hour live-action TV series based on the classic PlayStation game series, is a high-octane action comedy, based on an original take by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and written by Michael Jonathan Smith, about a motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a badass axe-wielding car thief, he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck.
Peacock also shared a couple of still shots showing off some of the accompanying cast of characters in the series.
Will you be tuning in when Twisted Metal premieres on July 27th on Peacock?