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Can Robert Downey Jr. Do It Again As Sherlock Holmes?

Submitted by on July 16, 2011 – 11:12 am2 Comments

And by ‘it,’ we mean put forth a performance in a sequel that fills more seats in the theaters than the original, starting a steady trend throughout the industry. This is exactly what he did with the Iron Man series, with the original grossing a little under $600,000,000 worldwide and the sequel grossing a little over $620,000,000. Since then, we’ve seen more and more comic-book based sequels, prequels, and lesser-known superhero movies than we really need.

Before he comes back for Iron Man 3, however, Hollywood veteran Robert Downey, Jr. has a different type of sequel to bring to audiences everywhere. Reprising his role as the legendary fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, Downey is going from the highly technological and futuristic stylings of a human weapon to the turn of the 20th century.

The first Sherlock Holmes grossed $520,000,000, so it’s not lagging too far behind the Iron Man series. With the sequel (which also stars Jude Law reprising his role as John Watson) coming out just in time for the holiday season, there should be plenty of families making their way to theaters for it. If the trailer’s any indication, other old school detectives (like Dick Tracy) may follow suit find themselves embodied on the big screen again.

Hollywood’s all about trends, and this guy always seems to be at the forefront of them. Check out the trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows.

Judging by that trailer, he’s still got it. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows will be released December 16.

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