It’s gone almost completely unnoticed, lying in Avatar’s shadow, but Sherlock Holmes was actually a massive hit. Perhaps it’s even more amazing that it was able to do as well as it did, competing directly against Avatar. Imagine how it might have done released with a little breathing room between it and the biggest movie of all time. Warner Bros. is imagining, and they’re eager for Sherlock Holmes 2.

One problem, back in September before Sherlock Holmes became a hit, word was Holmes director Guy Ritchie’s follow-up project would be a big screen adaptation of the DC Comic Lobo. Warner Bros. can’t wait. They want Sherlock Holmes 2 now, and so, the LA Times says Ritchie is dropping Lobo in favor of fiction’s greatest detective.

I’m disappointed. Not because I don’t want more Holmes, I do, but because I was hoping some other director might get a shot at the franchise. Guy Ritchie’s take wasn’t bad, per say, but most would agree there’s room for improvement. For example, they might have brought in a director who could convince Robert Downey to enounciate his words clearly enough to be understood. Even without that, Holmes really seems like a character that lends himself to multiple interpretations. There’s really no reason he has to be married specifically to one director’s vision. If a whole series of Sherlock Holmes films are in the works, I’d rather see Warners take a Harry Potter approach to it, bringing in different directors to give each installment it’s own unique tone. Instead, here’s more Guy Ritchie.

Meanwhile, Lobo is left in limbo. Ritchie is almost certainly out, and producer Joel Silver says they’re planning to move on with a different director. Who will that be? Hopefully someone with an R-rated sensibility and a gift for sarcasm. The Lobo comics are sort of a dark and violent superhero parody. The titular Lobo is a seven-foot tall alien with exceptional strength and a badass attitude. He smokes, he swears, and he engages in mindless, meaningless violence. Tired of superhero movies? Lobo will be different, if of course, they ever get it done.

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