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New Sherlock Holmes Movie Trailer

Since the vast majority of real life (and comic book) heroes have been pilfered, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is the latest fictional character to be (re)introduced and reinvented for the big screen.

And according to the trailer, the results are baffling.

Played by Robert Downey Jr., Holmes takes on a more…superhero approach than imagined. But what did you expect–it’s 2009, and the only bankable movies are ones with a built-in audience. Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved characters in all of literature, yes, but he can’t possibly stand toe-to-toe with beastly humanoids dolled up in CG makeup. It’s either that or director Guy Ritchie has zero confidence in a classic franchise, and felt like a metric-ton of spazzed out, over-caffeinated cuts would bridge the gap between the two.

He’s probably right, but that doesn’t make it any less unfortunate.

But enough with my whining–Robert Downey Jr. is the man, and if you accept its Pirates of the Caribbean-styled take, I’m sure the movie will be entertaining. Check out the HD trailer for Sherlock Holmes here.