New ‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Presents Unlikely But Lovable Heroes; Here’s Everything We Know

New ‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Presents Unlikely But Lovable Heroes; Here’s Everything We Know

You weren't expecting that the first truly great video game movie would also be a Pokémon movie, did you? All signs point to the former being a possibility, with Warner Bros.' live-action adaptation of the Nintendo game Detective Pikachu, starring everyone's favorite snarky voice actor, Ryan Reynolds. 

The second trailer for the movie has just arrived showcasing more Pokémon creatures, a few glimpses at additional characters and a lot more of the impressive world building, all set to Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero.” Who is holding out? We’ve got a couple great heroes right here with Pikachu and his reluctant human companion, Tim. These are the heroes we need and that we can’t wait for now.

Watch the new spot down below after learning everything we know about Pokémon: Detective Pikachu so far:

What is the movie about?

Assuming you're asking where it came from, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is based on the popular video game Detective Pikachu, which is based on the Pokémon media franchise, which began as a series of video games and spawned trading card games, comics, animated series and movies, and more. 

Who is Detective Pikachu?

One of a species of Pokémon creatures that are probably the most iconic and recognizable of the franchise. Pikachu are kind of like yellow rabbits, modeled after a similar small Asian mammal called a pika. Detective Pikachu is a very intelligent Pikachu who can talk and solve mysteries. 

He can talk? What famous actor might he sound like?

Detective Pikachu can talk, but only one young man (played by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's Justice Smith) can hear him when he's speaking English. Everyone else just hears the normal "pika pika" sounds of a normal Pikachu (provided by usual Pikachu voice Ikue Otani). Detective Pikachu's speaking voice is provided in the movie by Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds. 

What is the plot of this crazy movie?

Detective Pikachu teams up with 21-year-old human Tim Goodman (Smith) in the search for the latter's father, an ace private eye (Paul Kitson) who has gone missing. The case takes them on an adventure through the neon-noir locales of Ryme City, which is populated with humans and other Pokémon creatures living together side by side. 

Who else is in it (or heard in it)?

Joining Justice Smith and the voice of Ryan Reynolds are Ken Watanabe (Inception) as another detective who is friends with Tim's dad, Kathryn Newton (Blockers) as a young reporter with a Psyduck for a Pokémon companion, and Deadpool and Deadpool 2 scene-stealer Karan Soni as a character named Jack. The great Bill Nighy is also involved in some capacity, as are Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation) and Rita Ora (Fifty Shades Freed).

What other Pokémon will we see in the movie?

Based on the footage shown in the trailers and posters so far, we can expect the following varieties of Pokémon in addition to Pikachu and Psyduck: Snubbull, Bulbasaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charizard, Squirtle, Blastoise, Pidgey, Spearow, Jigglypuff, Primeape, Growlithe, Machamp, Dodrio, Gengar, Hypno, Kingler, Lickitung, Tangela, Mr. Mime, Ditto, Snorlax, Articuno, Dragonite, Aipom, Wooper, Unown, Steelix, Blaziken, Ludicolo, Rayquaza, Combee, Victini, Audino, Petilil, Emolga, Joltik, Bouffalant, Rufflet, Braviary, Reshiram, Zekrom, Greninja, Flabébé, Pancham, Swirlix, Goomy, Morelull and Comfey.

Who directed Pokemon: Detective Pikachu?

Rob Letterman, former director of animated features (Shark TaleMonsters vs. Aliens) turned director of fantastical family films (Gulliver's TravelsGoosebumps), is at the helm of this CG-filled hybrid video game adaptation. 

Who wrote the screenplay?

Letterman, who also co-wrote the two animated features he directed, co-wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman, who worked on the first Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Captain Marvel. Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) also worked on an early draft of the movie.

When does the movie come out?

Warner Bros. will release Pokémon: Detective Pikachu on May 10, 2019.

Watch the latest trailer:

Nope, no need to hold out any longer for any other heroes but these guys:

Watch the first trailer:

The first trailer hints that, thanks to Reynolds voicing the title character, this is sort of going to be Deadpool for kids. But it promises an even more adorable hero and a plot that's closer to the old Looney Tunes classic One Froggy Evening crossed with Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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