Ever since Pokémon Go was released, Pokémon has once again become part of the popular culture zeitgeist. News started to come out about a potential live-action movie. There have always been talks about a movie of the type, but it seemed to die down as Pokémon was no longer the big hit that it once was. Now that it is and has in fact found a new audience, the rumors of a movie started once again. Now, Chinese film company, Legendary Pictures, has picked up the rights to a Pokémon movie. So audiences will get Detective Pikachu.
Pikachu is the flagship Pokémon of the franchise. He has been the main Pokémon throughout the long-running anime and, in fact, proved to be so popular because of said anime that Nintendo released Pokémon Yellow just to capitalize on his popularity. So it was no surprise that he would be in the live-action movie. But no one was expecting a movie centered on Detective Pikachu.
Great Detective Pikachu is an adventure game where there is one Pikachu out of all Pokémon who can talk and thinks of himself as a detective, partnering with a young boy to solve crimes. This game has only been released in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS. Since this is the internet age, the world soon got word about the game and many were enamored with the Pikachu who carries a magnifying glass and wears a deerstalker hat — the kind worn by Sherlock Holmes. It soon got so popular that many clamored that if the game came to America, that Pikachu be voiced by Danny DeVito. Hard to imagine their first meeting with the sound of DeVito's voice over it:
Many were probably expecting this film to follow a young Pokémon trainer out catching Pokémon and getting into battles with other Pokémon trainers. This has been the premise of most of the games and the long-running anime. Why fix what isn't broken? (though some may argue that the show needs a new direction). But a movie based on Detective Pikachu isn't totally out there; it is still set in the world of Pokémon. Since it would be a detective story, you could learn about the world of the live-action Pokémon movie through his investigations.
Either way, it seems that audiences are finally getting a live-action Pokémon movie. If this movie is a hit, there will no doubt be many more types of Pokémon movies to come after. Detective Pikachu is here and he is introducing us to world of live-action Pokémon.