The first wave of reviews from Warner Bros.’ Detective Pikachu have arrived. Hollywood is currently being dominated by known IPs and huge franchises (just see what Marvel Studios has accomplished with Avengers: Endgame). WB has a DC shared universe in the works and are growing the MonsterVerse with Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but there is also potential for Detective Pikachu, the first live-action Pokémon movie, to be the start of another.
Directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps), the film features Justice Smith in the lead human role of Tim who meets the electric and iconic Pokémon, Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds). As evident in the marketing campaign, Tim and Pikachu share a unique connection, as Tim is the only one who can understand what Pikachu is saying. The duo go on an adventure to solve the mystery of Tim’s father’s disappearance, and anticipation for the journey has been incredibly high ever since the first trailer showed a fully realized Pokémon world.