Detective Pikachu has been playing in theaters and concept artist RJ Palmer revealed a Danny DeVito inspired Pikachu design for the first ever live-action Pokemon film.
The Detective Pikachu team conducted early tests with Danny DeVito voicing the character. Palmer’s work gives fans the closest glimpse at what Pikachu could’ve looked like with DeVito playing the character. This version of the character is burlier, with a double chin and a slightly wider build. His eyes also look a little less innocent than the Ryan Reynolds voiced character. This design looks suitable for Danny DeVito’s gruff, yet animated voice. After not playing Pikachu, fans are now petitioning for Danny DeVito to play Wolverine in the MCU.
The titular Detective Pikachu character is voiced by Ryan Reynolds but RJ Palmer revealed that he pushed for a Danny DeVito design for the character. According to Palmer, the Danny DeVito style concept took him about 7 months, with more to come soon. Here’s a look at a few pictures of the design:
This was a very early pass at showing different emotions Pikachu would have. I was very into the idea of Pikachu having bald cheeks to conduct the lightning but admittedly I don't think it would have worked nearly as well as the final design. pic.twitter.com/TnPpDBxUuX
— RJ Palmer (@arvalis) May 23, 2019
While Danny DeVito didn’t voice the star Pokemon, Detective Pikachu opened to an impressive $5.7 million in Thursday night previews with positive reviews to follow. The film has been reportedly greenlit for a sequel, with the hopes for a Pokemon Cinematic Universe somewhere down the line if the success continues.
Could you imagine Danny DeVito voicing Pikachu? Would you like his version better than Ryan Reynolds? Or would you like him to appear in future Pokemon live action movies? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments! We will keep you up to date as more information comes.
Here is a plot synopsis for Pokemon Detective Pikachu:
The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
Pokemon Detective Pikachu is in theaters everywhere.