For all Warner’s forward-planning with the script, the whole thing would have fallen flat had Downey not been happy to come back on board. Happily, the star was not only keen to come back, he’d been doing his homework too.
“I’m doing Sherlock Holmes again” he told journalists, “so I’m going back and reading all the Conan Doyle books again. I just finished them, so I’m gonna start over again, at Volume 1.” Impressive stuff, particularly coupled with his determination that Sherlock Holmes 2 should not just be another lazy cash-in.
"There's always room for improvement,” he explains, “and as a matter of fact, that's the great thing about seeing a film in success. A film in failure, you only see exactly what the audience thought was wrong, and you need to regroup. With Sherlock, we had success and the audience responded to it, but we also saw room for improvement."
All of which sounds very promising, but would Downey be doing it alone, or would he have his partner in crime Jude Law along for the ride? What do you think?