Robert Downey, Jr. Discusses "The First Superhero"

The actor who portrayed a superhero in Iron Man explains who the first "crusader" was!

Actor Robert Downey, Jr. (RDJ) climbed his way back from the brink of career oblivion to break records as Marvel Comics' billionaire industrialist, Tony Stark, in Jon Favreau's Iron Man. RDJ has already completed filming on Iron Man 2, but he's got another "superhero" on his mind right now. In a recent Warner Bros. press release, RDJ described how he is playing "the first superhero" in the upcoming Guy Ritchie-directed Sherlock Holmes:










"He was probably the first superhero, an intellectual superhero. He was, and probably still is, one of the most recognizable icons on Earth, so much so that a lot of people actually thought that Sherlock Holmes was a real person. The more you look into [creator] Arthur Conan Doyle's books, the more you see what a rich character Sherlock Holmes is. He's very adept at so many things: he plays violin, he's a martial artist, a boxer, an expert single stick fighter and a swordsman of sorts. He has a strong moral code in helping good guys catch bad guys, so he has dedicated his life to being a consulting detective. He doesn't do it to show everyone how smart he is, or that he has figured everything else out when they haven't; he's actually a crusader."

Sherlock Holmes also stars Jude Law as Dr. John Watson, Rachel McAdams as femme fatale Irene Adler, and Mark Strong as the Satan-worshipping Lord Blackwood.

Sherlock Holmes opens December 25

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