The first trailer for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu has been revealed – and fans have mixed reactions about the forthcoming live action movie.
As shown in the new trailer the film takes a realistic approach to the famous video game universe, with Pokémon rendered in high-quality CGI and interacting with humans.
The trailer sees Pikachu team up with lead character Tim Goodman (played by Justice Smith) who is seemingly the only human who can understand what the creature is saying.
Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu, which has led many to draw comparisons to Reynolds’ iconic superhero role.
“If you think I’m going to spend my hard earned money to watch a movie where Deadpool is playing Pikachu who is suddenly now a detective then you’re absolutely correct,” said one fan on Twitter.
If you think I’m going to spend my hard earned money to watch a movie where Deadpool is playing Pikachu who is suddenly now a detective then you’re absolutely correct. pic.twitter.com/iM1sS5fRJK
— Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) November 12, 2018
The level of detail used in the creation of the CGI Pokémon has also caused quite a stir, with many commenting on renditions of Mr. Mime, Jigglypuff and Psyduck in the trailer.
the detective pikachu movie is literally just all those edgy creepy "real life" pokemon art come to the big screen i'm crying pic.twitter.com/WitfMscQpt
— egg! (@EggSquishii) November 12, 2018
I can't be the only one who's reminded of this when I see the realistic CG Pokemon in the Detective Pikachu movie. pic.twitter.com/uOdpbzPyFV
— Masahiro Sakurai (@Nin_SmashBros) November 12, 2018
And, of course, the ‘Surprised Pikachu’ memes were out in force.
Warner bros in 2016: "we're making a detective pikachu live action movie"
yall: "sounds fake but ok"
Warner bros today: "okay here's the trailer"
— ? Ozzie ? (@go_maccha) November 12, 2018
Me: I can’t wait to make fun of the Detective Pikachu trailer when it drops
Detective Pikachu trailer drops
— Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) November 12, 2018
— OctoBoy (@OctoboyYT) November 12, 2018
It’s not actually the first time that Pikachu has spoken English. Last year, fans reacted with a mixture of shock and horror when the character spoke during animated movie Pokemon: I Choose You.
Footage posted to Twitter shows fans reacting with disbelief as the words tumble out of Pikachu’s mouth for the first time ever.
Hi, I am just learning that Pikachu speaks English in the new Pokemon movie and, yes, it is extremely fucking weird pic.twitter.com/k5hm5lyW7Y
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) November 13, 2017
“What the fuck!”, one cinema-goer is heard shouting amid audible gasps. “No!”, another shouts.