Pokemon: Detective Pikachu might be the best video game movie out right now but when it was first announced, people were wondering why this was the first Pokemon movie. You can’t really blame them since there has only been one Detective Pikachu game and it isn’t even that good. Even the writers for the movie are acknowledging the fact that they didn’t start with a basic story like in Red and Blue in the Game Boy.
Appearing in Game Informer’s Blank Check podcast, writers Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit compared this movie to starting a Mario film. They acknowledged that starting with Detective Pikachu is like making a Doctor Mario first before a Super Mario Bros film. Apparently, The Pokemon Company didn’t want them to focus on trainer battles so they decided to center the film on other aspects, like evolution.
It’s definitely something that a lot of fans didn’t expect but the producers and set designers were still able to show their love for this franchise. We don’t know if any future Pokemon films will get to focus on the standard trainer/Pokemon relationship, especially since the writers said that this is set in the same universe as the Pokemon anime.
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is now showing in theaters.