New information concerning the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie has just been announced at the Pokémon World Championships in Nashville. The title of the film is going to be Pokémon Detective Pikachu and it is expected to be released in the summer of 2019.
The logo of the movie has also been revealed, which has since been uploaded to the official Pokémon Twitter account.
The release date for Pokémon Detective Pikachu was originally slated for May 10th, 2019 and this announcement seems to have solidified this fact. It had previously been reported that principal photography has concluded on the film, which means that we likely won't see any delays, barring some huge Justice League level behind-the-scenes issues that have somehow managed to stay under wraps.
We don't know much about the plot of Pokémon Detective Pikachu, but those who attended the Pokémon World Championship event (as reported by IGN) have stated that the movie will feature a climactic battle between Detective Pikachu and a Charizard.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu is set to feature Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the titular Pokémon, with Justice Smith playing his human partner. The other members of the cast include Kathryn Newton (playing a reporter), Ken Watanabe (as Detective Yoshida), Bill Nighy, Suki Waterhouse, Chris Geere, Rita Ora, and Omar Chaparro.
The producers of Pokémon Detective Pikachu have been tight-lipped concerning the details of the story, which means that we only have a few leaked set pictures to go on, and they mostly show people wearing blue or green body stockings, which means that they are intended to be replaced by CGI characters.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a huge project for both Nintendo and the Pokémon Company, especially with Nintendo being so protective over adaptations of their franchises, which was sparked by the disastrous Super Mario Bros. movie.
The idea of using real-life actors combined with CGI Pokémon is one that has the potential to bomb, as the uncanny valley effect of seeing Pokémon in the real world may put off a lot of fans. If the producers can make it work, however, then they may have a huge financial success on their hands.
We can only wonder if Pokémon Detective Pikachu will end with a post-credits sequence, with Mario asking Detective Pikachu to join his "Smash Bros. Initiative" and kick off the Nintendo Cinematic Universe.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu is currently slated to be released on May 10th, 2019.