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I saw this item in Variety today:

In what will be his first job since the blockbuster “Iron Man,” Robert Downey Jr. is set to star in “Sherlock Holmes,” the drama that Guy Ritchie will direct for Warner Bros.

Eh, I’m not so sure about that. I thought Downey was perfect in the role of Tony Stark in Iron Man, but as Sherlock Holmes? I have trouble picturing him playing the cerebral, perhaps manic-depressive character, particularly in light of how Jeremy Brett defined the role for Granada TV twenty years ago. Still, I’d normally reserve judgment until I saw the movie, except I then read this:

Much the way that “Iron Man” launched Downey as an action star, “Sherlock Holmes” will also take advantage of his physical skills as the character displays brawn as well as brains.

The basis for the film is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s classic tales, but also the comic book “Sherlock Holmes.”

Action I have no trouble with; a lot of people forget Holmes could be quite physical when needed. But “comic book?”

Ermmm … no. Let’s just say this one doesn’t sound promising for Holmes fans.

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