‘Detective Pikachu’ Director Rob Letterman on Creating a Vast, Populated Pokémon World

     May 13, 2019

In celebration of Pokémon Detective PIkachu, I got to chat with director Rob Letterman during Warner Bros.’ Tokyo press event. After I quizzed him on his Pokémon knowledge, I asked him some Easter egg details regarding just how many varieties of Pokémon there are in this movie and how many in total appear on screen; the answer may surprise you. Letterman also talked about how they decided which Pokémon would get the lion’s share of the spotlight. Did your favorite -mon make the cut? You’ll have to see the movie to find out!

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy, Chris Geere, Karan Soni, and Rita Ora, Pokémon Detective PIkachu arrives in theaters today!


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Here’s the official synopsis for Pokémon Detective Pikachu:

The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu and is based on the beloved Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and one of the most successful media franchises of all time. Fans everywhere can now experience a Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon, each with its own unique traits and personality.

The story begins when ace detective 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 work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Detective Pikachu, they 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 and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.


Image via Warner Bros. and Legendary

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