Robert Downey Jr is easily the most beloved actor on the planet. While Iron Man’s demise devastated fans, it rather benefited RDJ’s other franchises. Soon after his stint finished with the MCU, Downey Jr went on to do a Dr Dolittle reboot that miserably tanked. His next should have been Sherlock Holmes 3 due in December 2020 but that now stands delayed to a December 2021 release. And fresh reports suggest that WB is eyeing Michael Fassbender to ensure Sherlock Holmes 3 is a success.
The Sherlock Holmes Trilogy
A decade ago, Robert Downey Jr last appeared as the vintage consulting detective along with Jude Law as sidekick Dr Watson in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Around the same time, Avengers first assembled on the big screen and since then Downey Jr has found himself busy shouldering the franchise with solo movies as well as numerous cameo appearances. His stint as Tony Stark aka Iron Man, the face of Marvel’s Infinity Saga, has made him a household name across the globe. So Sherlock Holmes has been long coming and is now further delayed due to the pandemic.
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For the threequel, the original director from the first two movies, Guy Ritchie isn’t returning. The yet-untitled Sherlock Holmes 3 will be helmed by Dexter Fletcher. Fletcher’s prominent recent work was the musical biopic of rock star Freddie Mercury. He famously stepped in, to helm Bohemian Rhapsody and took it to the Oscars after Bryan Singer suffered panic attacks due to the #MeToo allegations.
His last movie in 2019, Rocketman, was a musical based on the life of English musician Sir Elton John. Helming Sherlock with Downey Jr will mark a major transition for the director. Interestingly, Fletcher had an acting role in Ritchie’s Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels. Fletcher told Collider about the transition, “I suppose that’s the idea of bringing in someone new. We’ll see what happens.” Further adding,
We’re (Ritchie) different filmmakers and I’m not going to ignore what he did so brilliantly before. I mean there will be an element of that, but I will also bring my own voice to it as well and it will be something sort of different.
Sherlock’s Search For The Antagonist
The movie started filming earlier this year but was brought to a halt due to the pandemic. Unconfirmed leaks suggest the movie is a western or at least on lines of it. It’ll be interesting to see Holmes and Watson for once out of London.
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Along with Robert Downey Jr, actor Jude Law is reprising his role as Sherlock’s companion and narrator of the story, Dr Watson. They’ll be joined again by Peaky Blinder’s fame actor Paul Anderson, as Colonel Sebastian Moran. Fans also speculate Prof. Moriarty played by Jade Harris is going to make a comeback. However, he doesn’t seem to be the main villain of the story.
Moriarty is the yin to Sherlock’s yang, a joker for his Batman. The criminal mastermind is the only equivalent of Sherlock’s genius and following his trails has been the franchise’s wider arc. However, as per a report on WGTC, Sherlock’s nemesis in the latest movie would be Sebastian Moran. Moran, in Sherlock’s own words, is the ‘second most dangerous man in London after Moriarty. Hence the performance needs a high caliber actor. Apparently, WB is eyeing Michael Fassbender for the said role. The report says,
Warner Bros. are aiming high when it comes to finding the threequel’s villains and that they have their eye on Michael Fassbender to play fan favourite Holmes nemesis Sebastian Moran.
While reports like these should always be taken with a pinch of salt, it’s certainly an exciting avenue given that Michael Fassbender had a role in the first Sherlock Holmes movie. Fassbender will further strengthen the franchise that is rebooting after a decade. Given the first half of the year, it seems like you can expect any kind big announcement from WB.
While fans are too accustomed to seeing Robert Downey Jr as the Iron Man, Sherlock can be a refreshing break or breaking point for the actor. Dr Dolittle was much-hyped but failed at the box office. To a certain section of fans, RDJ’s performance lacked the magic (or MCU).
In any case, it’s all still coming together for Sherlock Holmes 3 and RDJ can certainly shoulder a franchise on his own. He has the quirk, charisma and complexity to recreate the Sherlock we’ve come to love.