Warner Bros. and The Pokemon Company have shared the first trailer for Detective Pikachu, the upcoming live-action film based on the game of the same name. In addition to that, we’ve also now gotten a look at the Detective Pikachu movie poster, and just like the trailer, it’s filled with a ton of references to Pokemon and items from the series.
As you can see below, Detective Pikachu takes a much more realistic approach to depicting Pokemon than any of the series’ previous big screen adaptations. The movie is set in Ryme City, an urban metropolis where people and Pokemon live together, and that’s evident from the poster; you can see neon signs for all manner of Pokemon-inspired facilities, like the Johto Sport Club, Poke Mart, and Pokemon Day Care. There are also signs advertising Pokemon items like Moomoo Milk and Berry Juice.
Naturally, the Pokemon featured most prominently on the poster is Pikachu, who is casting a lightning bolt-shaped shadow on the street. It’s not the only pocket monster on it, however; in the background, you can also spot the silhouette of Charizard flying in the sky. Charizard also appears several times in the trailer, suggesting it’ll play a big role in the movie.
Like the game on which it is based, Detective Pikachu follows the story of Tim (Justice Smith), the son of a famous private detective whose father has gone missing. Tim has the unique ability to understand Pokemon, and he teams up with Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) to investigate his father’s disappearance.
Detective Pikachu premieres in theaters on May 10, 2019. The movie is directed by Rob Letterman, who previously helmed Goosebumps, Captain Underpants, and Shark Tale. It also stars Kathryn Newton (Blockers), Ken Watanabe (Godzilla, Inception), and Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).
Meanwhile, the Detective Pikachu game is available now on 3DS. GameSpot’s Kallie Plagge awarded it a 7/10 in our Detective Pikachu review and wrote, “There’s not much variety to the way you solve cases; the story follows a standard detective formula, and as long as you’re thorough, you won’t have too much trouble connecting the dots. But it’s full of heart, and its silly characters and intentionally campy tone are what make it fun.”