| Sherlock Holmes |
|Family||Mycroft Holmes, older brother.|
|Behind the scenes|
|Appearances|| Sherlock Holmes (2009 film)|
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Sherlock was eccentric, brave and diabolically intelligent. He showed his own degree in personal cunning and a slightly suave demeanour. He was focused, vengeful and rather egotistical and strong-minded. He was quite the sociopath and seemed to be clever enough to surpass James Moriarty, who was himself mentally agile. He cared deeply about John Watson and Mary Morstan, enough to challenge Moriarty about it. He also thought he was more devious than Moriarty.
Holmes' abilities lay mainly in his skills of deduction and his genius-level intellect. He was also shown to be proficient in many known martial arts and boxing and had an aggressive, if not slippery, fighting style. His style also involved psychological warfare. He was an adept boxer and was able to hold his own, overwhelm and defeat McMurdo in the ring; although, McMurdo's loss can also be attributed to his own arrogance. He was a highly skilled marksman and was able to outshoot several of Lord Blackwood's men.
Behind the Scenes Edit
Downey was visiting Joel Silver's offices with his wife, producer Susan Downey, when he learned about the project. Ritchie initially felt Downey was too old for the role because he wanted the film to show a younger Holmes on a learning curve like Batman Begins. Ritchie decided to take a chance on casting him in the role, and Downey told the BBC that "I think me and Guy are well-suited to working together. The more I look into the books, the more fantastic it becomes. Holmes is such a weirdo". Downey also revealed what his wife had to say: "that when you read the description of the guy — quirky and kind of nuts — it could be a description of me". Downey intended to focus more on Holmes' patriotic side and his bohemianism, and felt that his work on Chaplin has prepared him for an English accent. Ritchie feels his accent is "flawless". Both Downey and Ritchie are martial arts enthusiasts, and have been inspired by the Baritsu mentioned in the 1901 story The Adventure of the Empty House. Downey lost weight for the part, because during a chat he had with Chris Martin, Martin recommended that Holmes look "gaunt" and "skinny".