Admittedly the first couple of times I watched the trailer for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, I essentially melted at the sheer cuteness of the fuzzy little guy.
I mean, Pikachu was always the most adorable Pokémon in the pack (sorry Skitty) but to see him fully realised like this is something else. Those expressive amber eyes! Those pinchable rosy cheeks! I just longed to reach through my screen to squeeze him all up.
However, after I managed to stop stroking my laptop contentedly, I noticed something which cannot be unnoticed, and quickly learned I’m not the only one…
Taking to Twitter to share the talked-about trailer, Ryan Reynolds – who lends his voice to the famously repetitive little monster – said:
I think we all knew I’d wind up as a miniature detective repeatedly saying the same two words. Just didn’t think it’d be this soon. #PikaPika #DetectivePikachu
Most of the population in the world of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu cannot understand Pikachu – hearing only the unintelligible utterance of ‘Pika Pika’ – but one boy can hear what he is actually saying, and this is where our story begins.
Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) is the son of a renowned detective who once harboured dreams of becoming a Pokémon Trainer.
Everything changes for young Tim when he comes across a Pikachu scurrying around his home, channelling the voice and cheeky humour of Ryan Reynolds…
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018
Those who have seen the trailer cannot help but compare Pikachu to Reynolds’ most iconic role; the loudmouthed and raucous Deadpool.
Now, a katana wielding mercenary with a grudge is a far cry from a cuddly little critter in a deerstalker hat, but fans cannot unsee – or rather unhear – the similarities. Some have even described Reynolds’ Pikachu as being ‘just Deadpool in yellow’.
One person tweeted:
I love @VancityReynolds but all I can think about as I watched this is Deadpool in a Pikachu costume.
Every time it speaks I think ‘why is Pikachu talking like Deadpool?’
— sarai rojas (@saritarojitas) November 13, 2018
— Dakota Reed (@WakkoDakko) November 12, 2018
ALL I SEE IS DEADPOOL IN THAT PIKACHU
— mics (@loonauest) November 13, 2018
All I hear is Deadpool trapped in Pikachu's body😂 pic.twitter.com/eu7IBclC7p
— Alcatraz_XV (@Alcatraz__XV) November 12, 2018
Like Deadpool, Pikachu has a sassy, playful sort of confidence but – of course – we wouldn’t expect anything different from Reynolds.
Pikachu is also kind of a badass in this film, and not just in the getting hecked off and shooting electricity around kind of way. Here we see Pikachu performing interrogations and even insisting on being ‘bad cop’. Aww.
Of course, fans of the Pokémon franchise won’t be used to Pikachu having so much to say, and so this extra dimension to the character is unexplored territory, leaving room for comparison.
Although similarities can and will be drawn with Deadpool, I have faith in Reynolds to bring us a newly reinvented character altogether.
The IMDb synopsis for Pokémon Detective Pikachu reads:
In a world where people collect pocket monsters (Pokémon) to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent monster who seeks to be a detective.
Seeing as though Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is being marketed as a family-friendly film, it’s highly probable Pikachu’s vocabulary will be slightly less colourful than that of his distant red-suited cousin.
You can catch Pokémon: Detective Pikachu in UK cinemas from May 10, 2019.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.