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One of the biggest Robert Downey Jr. movies is dominating Netflix

Published Apr 6th, 2022 9:15PM EDT
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes.
Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Around the same time that Robert Downey Jr. was first bringing Iron Man to life on the big screen, he was also putting his own spin on a legendary fictional detective. Sherlock Holmes came out in 2009 — just a year and a half after the first Iron Man — and raked in over $500 million worldwide. It was successful enough to warrant a sequel. And now, a decade later, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is one of the biggest movies on Netflix.

Sherlock Holmes 2 is streaming on Netflix

There have been many successful renditions of Sherlock Holmes in recent years. There have also been multiple miserable failures. But none have been as action-packed as Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films. Both Sherlock Holmes and its sequel feature Robert Downey Jr. in the title role with Jude Law alongside him as Dr. John Watson.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows made over $186 million at the box office. That makes it RDJ’s second most successful movie of all time, other than his Marvel movies. Here’s the full synopsis from Warner Bros.:

The game is afoot once more! Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson in the supersleuth sequel to the mystery megahit that minted over a half billion dollars worldwide. While vying with Watson’s soon-to-be wife for the Doctor’s time and attention, the detective extraordinaire matches wits with his arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty (Mad Men’s Jared Harris), a criminal genius who’s conspiring to make a fortune by manufacturing the next generation of wartime weaponry that the world’s great powers will be forced to use against one another… once Moriarty succeeds in provoking World War I, of course. Joining the dynamic duo on their adventure is a feisty gypsy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Noomi Rapace) and Sherlock’s craftier but crazier older brother Mycroft (Stephen Fry).

As of April 6th, A Game of Shadows was the seventh most popular movie on Netflix. You can watch the trailer for the Robert Downey Jr. sequel below:

The future of the franchise

If you’re a fan of RDJ’s Sherlock Holmes, we have some good news for you. According to The Hollywood Reporter, two scripted Sherlock Holmes series are currently in the works for HBO Max. Robert Downey Jr. is reportedly set to executive produce these new streaming shows alongside Lionel Wigram, who produced both of the Guy Ritchie movies.

Team Downey, the production company founded by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, also produced Perry Mason for HBO and Sweet Tooth for Netflix. Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell of Team Downey will executive produce the series as well.

The projects are said to be in the early stages of development at Warner Bros. Television. It’s still unclear if Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role from the movies. It is also unknown how the shows will connect to the movies, or if they will at all.

At one point, there was also going to be a third Sherlock Holmes movie. THR says that it “was in development but never moved beyond that stage.”


More HBO Max coverage: For more HBO Max news, check out our coverage of the latest new HBO Max movies and series to watch.

Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.