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Original story art for: 2009 Sherlock Holmes film.
Lionel Wigram was producer for of the 2009 film and also created the original storyline. Wigram commissioned comic book and commercial artist John Watkiss to illustrate his version of Sherlock Holmes. Fourteen illustrations were created in total.
Despite numerous sources on the internet, Watkiss never created a comic book or graphic novel.
Dude. This is intense.
Yes, the original concept for the Sherlock Holmes movies (that were eventually directed by Guy Ritchie) was FAR more comic-book superhero-ish than what eventually ended up in the films. I’m trying to think of a recent character to compare Wigram’s original concept of Holmes to, and I keep coming up with, alas, Abraham Lincoln in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” or Hansel in “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.” Yep, it was that kind of a concept. The character was pretty cliched - sort of a handsome bruiser with brains, shy around women but of course attracted to the devilish Irene. And the script was full of huge, clunky action setpieces. It wasn’t really Sherlock Holmes. This guy was more interested in brawling than deducing, and the plotline had him falling for the villain’s occult beliefs. In fact, there was “real” magic involved, not make-believe magic that Sherlock Holmes would NEVER fall for.
A ton of rewrites were done, and there’s a list of names attached as screenwriters now. That’s usually a sign of trouble. But the movie was saved — and really came to life — when they landed director Guy Ritchie and cast Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. I have an early script and a fairly late one (as well as some of this concept art) and even the late one is hugely different from what actually ended up onscreen.
And what is onscreen is a hundred times BETTER. Everyone knows that on an RDJ movie there’s a lot of “rewriting” that goes on on the set, and my hat is off to him (and to Ritchie for knowing it was improving the script and letting it happen). Somebody on that set loved Sherlock Holmes enough to know that magic isn’t real, that Holmes would never believe that it is, and that his drive throughout the movie should be to prove that magic does not, in fact, exist. The actors added the flirty chemistry between Holmes and Watson that’s been the main attraction of these films for so many viewers. And in RDJ’s hands, the character of Holmes gained a gravitas and a vulnerability that is in no way evident in the script.
Maybe magic DOES exist, because something magical happened on that set that changed a very mediocre movie script into something memorable, engaging, funny and classic.
(And to his credit, Wigram cheerfully went along with it all and has reaped the rewards — it’s not the first time an original concept has gone through a ton of changes to get to the screen, and he’s a pro and remains successfully a producer of the movie series. Which is a lesson to all of us writers — oftentimes good editing and good rewrites will transform your story for the better, and often in ways you never could have conceived…it’s good to be open-minded and collaborative, especially with screenplays.)
Still waiting for news about Sherlock Holmes 3.
Some days I am waiting like this…
But other days…
BBC Sherlock fans deciding that they are “so oppressed by haters” so they need a fake holiday that’s “ironic” and “satire” to express how they won’t let the “haters” get them down. They legitimately think they are hated for having a gay ship, when in fact they are hated because they’re god awful and annoying.
Also there’s something about a Sherlock John Conspiracy theory but I don’t even have the mental willpower to even TRY and understand that. Something to do with the queerbaiting in the show and how they don’t think it’s bad??? When obviously it is? Like they think it’s “edgy” to glorify the fact that John and Sherlock can’t be in an open relationship, when in fact that kind of thinking gets real LGBTA people killed.
Basically: BBC Sherlock fans are really annoying but can’t see it, so they need a holiday to celebrate how annoying they are.
I think that sums it up.
And why I am a lone hermit. @mpreg-tony also remembers the bullshit from the meme days.
Being obnoxious isn’t cute.
I’m looking particularly for the Downey movie Sherlock and John ship name or whatever, is there a tag that mainly for them or are they all called just Johnlock?
Tags for the Downey movies: #RDJ Holmes #Ritchieverse #Ritchie!Holmes etc, where they always are Holmes and Watson, so Holmes/Watson would be the ship. On AO3 you can search fics under the Sherlock Holmes (Downey films) category and the relationship Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Not Johnlock for them.
I reblog this every time it comes across my dash. They look SO lovely. The way Robert looks at Jude? The way Jude seems the most relaxed when he’s next to him? I just love their relationship. In an alternate universe, they would surely fall in love and be together forever.
But for now, I can lean on the fact that they crossed paths. Meeting someone that is a soul mate is always great. And these two truly are soul mates. They clearly bring out the better of one another in the ways that a strong friendship should.
Jude, for instance, has always been vulnerable, and somehow cursed because of his beauty. People expect him to be a certain way because he’s beautiful. You can have good looks and no skill and Hollywood will take you in, even if you’re talentless and shallow. Jude, however, has so much to offer. He’s smart and incredibly talented. But I think that he is underestimated greatly, mostly because he has always taken on secondary roles. (Of course, I think he takes those secondary roles because he doesn’t want to be headlined for the aforementioned reasons.)
I think Robert knows that and sees that in Jude. And he… protects him. I mean, Robert gives everyone compliments (he’s great, yadda yadda), but his compliments of Jude aren’t for the media. They are for his friend. Even if Jude is a grown man and doesn’t need protection, everyone needs petting. And Robert understands that Jude likes recognition for what’s in his head, not just what people see at a distance (although he appreciates both).
There was one interview in particular where he says that Jude is a nerd about reading. That was him saying “I know this guy, and he is far more than you expect of him.” I don’t know… it seems like he is always making note of the way Jude cares for the craft, as well as his intelligence, and even eggs him to play around more than he does.
And Jude recognizes all of this. He tries to be so incredibly private with his life, as he very well should, but the way he opens up around Robert shows that he has this trust in him. Robert made his way in, and Jude seems happier for it.
I could talk about these guys for days. I won’t call it a bromance because Jude hates it. It truly is a romance, and they recognize it. I think we simply… belittle what romance is sometimes. We think it just has to be sexualized or whatever. Don’t get me wrong, I ship them like any other ship, and think that they would be absolutely lovely together if the stars aligned. But, since that doesn’t seem to be in the cards, I accept them as a couple of guys who have a romantic friendship that you rarely see, and can only hope to experience..
But don’t mind me…
Reblogging again because reasons. Also because your rdjude’s vision and your fantastic way to put it on words, Sym. <3