If you're anything like us, you'll be rushing to the cinema to see Detective Pikachu when it hits the big screen in May. If you've watched any of the trailers, you'll no doubt recognise Ryan Reynolds' voicework as Detective Pikachu. The playful and sarcastic nature of his personality which worked so well in Deadpool is likely to serve Detective Pikachu as well, although we can safely assume there are less F-bombs this time around.
The movie would no doubt have felt quite a bit different (for better or worse) had Danny DeVito been given the role, as this petition with over 50,000 supporters demanded.
Speaking to Game Informer, it has been revealed that DeVito's voice was used in test screenings by taking dialogue from existing movies, and it went down rather well.
VFX producer Greg Baxter went on to say:
It was really very funny, so I couldn’t speak to all the reasons why it wasn’t Danny DeVito cast.
I love Danny and some point maybe after the movie comes [out], we can share those early tests. It’s absolutely hilarious.
Detective Pikachu producer Cale Boyter said they had given serious consideration to casting DeVito and “how it might inform the spirit of” the upcoming movie, but it just wasn't on the cards, it seems.
We had to look at everything, including what fans weren’t seeing yet, to make the decision. But the spirit of Danny DeVito, I promise you, is still inside of Pikachu.
Let us know if you think Danny DeVito would have been a better choice for the voice of Detective Pikachu than Ryan Reynolds with a comment below.
Oh, and if you're wondering about that image at the top of the page, allow us to clear your mind (don't watch this in a public space, by the way).