How many Pokémon are in “Pokémon Detective Pikachu”?

Pokémon Detective Pikachu dir. Rob Letterman 2019

Pokémon Detective Pikachu has finally arrived and Ryan Reynolds isn't alone.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu has finally arrived in cinemas and fans of the popular media franchise have been given the movie they never saw coming. When it was first announced, we were all pretty surprised; it's an odd concept, almost like a revised take on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. However, with Pokémon becoming more fashionable and nostalgic in recent years - with the rise of Pokémon Go etc. - we should have suspected something like this to arrive. 

Rob Letterman's (Goosebumps) latest effort has unveiled a world in which Pokémon and humans coincide, trainers are out on the prowl looking to battle opponents and, indeed, catch 'em all. It's a pretty cool concept, but one likely to attract existing fans and alienate audiences with no prior investment in the franchise; fan-service in its purest form. Yet, the decision to cast Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) as Pikachu helped bridge the gap between both widespread demographics. 

It's clearly marketed more towards fans —it is a Pokémon movie after all. So, one of the burning questions that they have is this; how many feature in the film? It's a great question, as the trailers have done a terrific job in teasing a range of familiar faces. It's wise to assume, though, that the trailer doesn't give away all of them.

One of the most alluring aspects of the project is to go in and say "ah, there's Mewtwo, and there's..." etc. Fortunately, the question has an answer. 

Screenrant spoke with director Rob Letterman himself, taking the time to ask him how many Pokémon appear in the movie. "I don’t want to get this wrong. I want to say 54, but I may not be right about that because I lost count at one point. Do you mind double checking? People are going to be out there counting them, and I don’t want to be wrong"

He's not wrong, as people are sure to be counting. Although it's not exactly a confirmed number, Letterman's instinct of 54 means that there's plenty more Pokémon to discover throughout the film. If you're a fan, that's just one more reason to head out and see it. 

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