Detective Pikachu would like to battle! Detective Pikachu used Thunderbolt! But nothing happened!
In the latest trailer for the first-ever live-action Pokémon film, released the day after Ryan Reynolds took us deep into his process for channeling his new titular character, Reynolds’ Detective Pikachu is dealing with a rough case of stage fright. He’s entered the ring to face a Charizard, but he just can’t summon his signature Thunderbolt move. “I can’t do it when people are watching,” Pikachu admits, embarrassed.
Even worse: The self-proclaimed world-class detective can’t remember why he’s on the case to figure out what happened to Harry Goodman, his former partner and the father of Justice Smith’s Tim. As the trailer reveals, he’s in Ryme City because he woke up with an address taped to the inside of his cap. Pikachu’s certain that Harry’s still alive — but how? “Harry faked his own death,” he muses, “or somebody else faked Harry’s death. Or, Harry faked somebody else’s death.”
Either way, the truth will probably turn out to be shocking. (Sorry.) After all, Mewtwo, one of the strongest (and strangest) Pokémon in the world, even gets involved. What’s an electric mouse to do? Perhaps he’ll just get more of that caffeine with which he’s addicted. (Audino-eared fans will notice that Pikachu orders a “blackest night” from Ludicolo — a reference to Green Lantern. You know, because Ryan Reynolds.)
Directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps), the film also stars Kathryn Newton (Blockers), Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai), and Rita Ora (Fifty Shades of Grey).
Watch the video above, and catch Detective Pikachu when it opens May 10.