For fans of the video game "Detective Pikachu," the announcement of a live-action film a few weeks ago was very exciting.
And on Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Hollywood A-lister Ryan Reynolds had been cast as the voice of the titular character.
Exclusive: @VancityReynolds to star in Pokemon movie 'Detective Pikachu' https://t.co/wobjYdOHyR https://t.co/PjCXGyivT0— Hollywood Reporter (@Hollywood Reporter) 1512603477.0
Amazing, right?? Well, not everybody was thrilled.
You see, ever since the film's announcement, Twitter had been speculating about who would best voice Detective Pikachu, and there were some pretty stellar choices.
But one fan-favorite stood out from the crowd: Danny Devito.
Can't you just imagine his gruff voice coming out of Pikachu's mouth? It's too perfect.
The casting of Reynolds blew that dream to smithereens, however, and Twitter was crushed:
R.I.P the dream of having Danny Devito as Detective Pikachu's voice— 𝓡𝓐𝓩𝓩𝓛𝓔 𝓩𝓐𝓩𝓔𝓛 (@𝓡𝓐𝓩𝓩𝓛𝓔 𝓩𝓐𝓩𝓔𝓛) 1512608937.0
@TwitterMoments @VancityReynolds @THR I like Ryan Reynolds and everything but COME ON DANNY DEVITO IS WAY BETTER FOR THIS ROLE— Xarthos (@Xarthos) 1512619205.0
I like Ryan Reynolds but Detective Pikachu still should have been https://t.co/9FTrOPQtDS— cockchain cryptocummency (@cockchain cryptocummency) 1512607283.0
Nothing but respect for MY Detective Pikachu https://t.co/o68GDHQHCb— Chris Airgood, The Human Icecube (@Chris Airgood, The Human Icecube) 1512607372.0
Perhaps Devito can still make some sort of cameo to appease the fans:
My heart was set on Danny Devito to star as Detective Pikachu but Ryan Reynolds is fine too. Maybe Danny can still… https://t.co/oCsPgjd5Eo— PlaytimeisOgre (@PlaytimeisOgre) 1512609563.0
Devito wasn't the only name thrown around. The Rock was another popular contender for the role:
They probably decided against @TheRock for playing Pikachu since electricity is weak to rock types— Steve is not on the payload (@Steve is not on the payload) 1512606155.0
The Rock should have been detective pikachu and all of you know it— Javy Gwaltney (@Javy Gwaltney) 1512609034.0
As were a slew of other talented actors, from Paul Giamatti to Idris Elba:
And starring Paul Giamatti as Pikachu...— Lon Harris (@Lon Harris) 1512612627.0
@alexhern I want @idriselba to voice Pikachu so bad… <3— Oscar Barda (@Oscar Barda) 1510646442.0
DMX should've voiced Pikachu— Leisure Suit Perry (@Leisure Suit Perry) 1512607260.0
Even a famed TV detective would've been a better fit:
don’t 👏 cast 👏 detective 👏 pikachu 👏 as 👏 a 👏 grown 👏 man 👏 unless 👏 you 👏 bring 👏 columbo 👏 back 👏 from 👏 the 👏 dead 👏 for 👏 this 👏 role 👏— a beautiful christmas ham (@a beautiful christmas ham) 1512613339.0
But really, will Ryan Reynolds even say anything more than "Pika!"?
Wait, Ryan Reynolds is going to PLAY Detective Pikachu? That makes no sense, Pikachu only says his own name.— Elizabeth Rogers 🌊 (@Elizabeth Rogers 🌊) 1512605038.0
i mean, vin diesel is groot so why not ry rey as pikachu.— Jesse Crap (@Jesse Crap) 1512607425.0
ok here's how Detective Pikachu should end: it turns out Mewtwo mind-swapped a random Pikachu and human Ryan Reynol… https://t.co/C80H68OxbA— Thom Coldman (@Thom Coldman) 1512605656.0
In the end, it probably came down to Reynolds' star power, considering that his turn in Deadpool earned rave reviews, and the movie broke box office records.
In fact, maybe the new Detective Pikachu film can be considered the third installment of the franchise:
The Deadpool Movie Trilogy: Deadpool Deadpool 2 Detective Pikachu— 八ばんの浅海一 [Erick] (@八ばんの浅海一 [Erick]) 1512606070.0
So, hate on Reynolds if you want, but if you care about the video game, you're probably going to see the movie anyway.
And if this is the first you've heard of the video game, then you're probably very confused in general:
Pokémon: *Has rich history of folklore, storylines, and almost 600 different creatures that’s been created* Also Po… https://t.co/vZhxyTYzwd— Lil Lil 🇯🇲 (@Lil Lil 🇯🇲) 1512606447.0
@allieethatgirl IT IS— peak 90s michael bolton 🥀🌙💎 (@peak 90s michael bolton 🥀🌙💎) 1512618585.0
But people are here to help:
@Sonictitanic23 People have told me I'm wrong, yes, but I didn't know this level of detail! Thank you!— Elizabeth Rogers 🌊 (@Elizabeth Rogers 🌊) 1512630095.0
If you need some extra help visualizing the concept of the whole thing, watch this trailer for the Japanese video game. It should clear some things up, even if you don't know Japanese:
We can see how it could make a compelling movie.
But still...DANNY DEVITO! It would've been epic.
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