The upcoming Detective Pikachu movie now has a retro-inspired logo, revealing the movie’s full title as Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.
A ton of details on the upcoming film were unveiled at the Pokémon World Championships in Nashville, Tennessee. The crowd at the event was told that the movie will include a battle between Pikachu and Charizard, and the crowd was asked to cheer, boo, and chant for their favorite characters—ambiance which was recorded and will, apparently, appear in the final film.
IGN also spoke with with director Rob Letterman behind the scenes, and learned the reasons why the first live-action Pokémon film is one that’s starring the relatively new Detective Pikachu character, rather than the more well-known Ash Ketchum and his famous Pikachu.
“The Pokémon Company, they’ve already made many, many movies of Ash, and they came to Legendary with this idea of using a new character. So when I came onboard, I was pitched this character of Detective Pikachu, and I fell in love with the story behind it,” Letterman explained. “It’s a really great story. It was something with a lot of heart, and it was just very unique. And because there’s already been so much work done with Ash, for the first live-action movie I thought it was a really good idea to try something new with a new character, but bake it into the universe of Pokémon. So it still follows all the rules, and we get to see a lot of our favorite things.”
Letterman added that the team had to put special thought into which of the Pokémon franchise’s 800-plus monsters to star in the movie. It’s the first time Pokémon will be shown on screen with realistic depictions, not just as animated cartoons.
“They’re incredibly real. You should think of it as the way Rocket Raccoon [of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy] sits in the movie as if he’s really there. It’s that technology… It’s completely photorealistic, like they are alive and in the movie.”
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is scheduled to launch in summer 2019.