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Strangely, the upcoming Pokémon movie won’t be about people collecting pokémon and battling each other. Instead, it’s an adaptation of the Nintendo 3DS game Detective Pikachu, which features—you guessed it—Pikachu as a private detective.
The game’s Sherlock-inspired trailer shows an animated Pikachu working alongside some human companions.
This is a strong creative team, but the choice of inspiration is puzzling. Detective Pikachu is nowhere near as well-known as the ubiquitous Pokémon Go, and audiences are more familiar with the original games and cartoon series starring Ash Ketchum and friends.
In 2016, Pokémon is basically Narnia for millennials. It’s hard to understand why its first Hollywood adaptation is a detective movie, rather than the kind of fantasy-influenced adventure that made the franchise popular in the first place.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor