A new trailer for Detective Pikachu is now available online. Back in 2016, the Pokémon brand experienced a new wave of popularity due to the overwhelming success of mobile game Pokémon GO. Seeing that there was clearly an audience for new material in the franchise, Legendary Pictures quickly scooped up the live-action film rights and got to work on Detective Pikachu. Directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) and starring Ryan Reynolds in the titular role, the movie promises to be one of the more unique and (hopefully) entertaining offerings this summer.
Audiences got their first look at the film in the fall when the first trailer debuted. Showcasing the live-action Pokémon, the preview established the crux of the narrative, as the titular crime-solver partners up with human Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) to solve the mystery behind Tim's father, Harry's, disappearance. Viewers seemed to enjoy the footage, which packaged noir and buddy elements into a fun package and sold Detective Pikachu as a Who Framed Roger Rabbit for this generation. With only a few months to go until the film's premiere, it's time to kick off the next wave of marketing.
Today, the next Detective Pikachu trailer was released online, and a new poster was unveiled. Check out both in the space below:
The trailer follows a similar formula to the first preview, in that it sheds more light on the main story before transitioning to a montage of high-octane action involving live-action Pokémon. New details to be gleaned from in the footage include the amnesic Detective Pikachu being in possession of Harry's hat and the belief there's a conspiracy afoot regarding the senior Goodman's disappearance. Pikachu is convinced Harry's death was faked and the senior Goodman is still alive, out there somewhere. Obviously, the full extent of the mystery is being saved for the film's premiere, but it looks like Detective Pikachu is going to have a fun angle where audiences can follow the case along with the characters and try to crack it themselves with whatever clues are revealed. Audiences also get to see more of Tim and Pikachu interacting, getting a greater idea of how their chemistry will play out onscreen. They seem to be a well-matched pair, and hopefully they'll be back at it in the already announced sequel.
Warner Bros. also looked to get ahead of leaks by confirming live-action Mewtwo in the trailer. Earlier rumors indicated the powerful Pokémon would be a secret villain and an integral part of the narrative. The nature of Mewtwo's role in Detective Pikachu is (officially) largely unknown right now, but it's nevertheless exciting to see that he'll have a part to play in the proceedings. One would hope that if the studio is comfortable sharing Mewtwo now, there are a few other twists and surprises in Detective Pikachu that won't be revealed in future marketing materials. After all, Pokémon is a franchise that sells itself, so there isn't a need to go too far in the trailers.
Source: Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros.
- Detective Pikachu (2019) release date: May 10, 2019