Legendary Entertainment faced a tough prospect when they acquired the rights to Detective Pikachu. On one hand, it’s an incredibly popular IP that appeals to children. On the other, they have to make a “family friendly” adaptation of a world where animals fight until they’re unconscious. Oh, and the actor who played Deadpool is the main character.
Ryan Reynolds has often quipped that he’s excited about the role because his children have never been able to watch his movies in the past. At two and four years old, they’re not exactly rushing out to watch A Million Ways to Die in the West. On the other hand, the PG-rated Detective Pikachu is right up their alley!
That said, Reynolds still attempted to sneak some more mature content into Detective Pikachu. In an interview with ComicBook.com, he revealed that he recorded some more adult takes on some of his lines, including some that could get an R rating.
But it’s motion capture, so it’s all imagination. You go into a room, I’m alone basically…and then it’s just throwing like 800 versions of any joke or any moment up against a wall and leaving it to some poor editor to sort of figure out…Some things would come out a little PG-13, bordering on Rated R. That stuff didn’t make it.
Before the PG rating was confirmed, people speculated it might aim for PG-13. The internet was ablaze with memes after Pikachu said the word “hell” in a previous trailer. Some even wanted to see Pikachu drop an F-bomb! Of course, that was never realistic.
As funny as a sweary Pikachu would be, The Pokémon Company has to consider the long term impact Detective Pikachu would have on their brand. Besides, Reynolds needs his children to be able to watch this one. How else will they believe him when he tells them he’s actually kind of a big deal?