Warner Brothers has released to official stills from director Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes adaptation. The photo above features Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock, alongside his trusted colleague Dr. Watson, played by Jude Law. The photo below features a bloodied, shirtless Holmes in some king of fighting arena.
Anthony Peckham’s script is based on a mixture of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tales and the upcoming Lionel Wigram comic book adaptation which presents a more spry version of the famous detective.
Based on these photos, I’m glad they’ve gone with a more faithful rendition of Dr. Watson, who is described as being quite athletic – a former rugby player that doctor was. Law hasn’t really done any acting in the last few years, in that he’s appeared in movies for sure but he’s never left much of an impression in any of them. A far cry from his early career when he was a character actor and chewing scenery like cud.
The second thing I notice, is that Guy Ritchie intends to return Holmes to his roots as a bare knuckle boxer and hopefully, a drug addict. In the Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Holmes was addicted to heroin and opium. Physical RDJ isn’t a good match for Sherlock Holmes, who is described as “long, thin, aquiline, clean-cut” and “gentleman Holmes is too boring.” But obviously, Downey Jr. is an exceptional actor, so it’s tough to critique the choice without looking like a namby pamby.