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“I hope this is just an example of Mr Downey's black sense of humour," she says. "It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future."Now I must ask:
- Why is there a U.S. copyright for Sherlock Holmes, and how can I get in on that ownership?
- Will it really affect a sequel the movie that much if Sherlock Holmes is, indeed, a homosexual?
- How much "bromance" will count as too much for Plunkett to withdraw permission to make a sequel?
But movies do have their own degree of interpretation, and with a character as well known and often portrayed as Holmes that's not unreasonable for even the actor playing Holmes to explore the idea of homosexuality. If we're talking about loyalty to what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote, Holmes is known to not be attracted to most women--in fact, Irene Adler seems to be the only one he is truly interested in, but that may even be from an analytical level rather than a sexual or emotional one. Homosexuality could explain this. As long as it isn't some sort of blaring Victorian Brokeback Mountain thing then I don't see a problem with that and staying true to the original stories.
Here's the clip from Letterman that raised Plunkett's ire: