There was Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes, where he and Jude Law played, uh, co-workers. And now there’s the BBC’s three-party series Sherlock. What’s this about he and Watson playing fey?
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock and Martin Freeman plays Dr. Watson with what might be the most overt undertones for this crime fighting duo yet:
In stark contrast to the classic sleuth image of deerstalker, pipe and magnifying glass, Holmes is seen brandishing a ‘smartphone’, using the internet and texting criminals in a bid to solve crimes. In one scene, Watson asks Holmes whether he has a girlfriend. He replies: ‘Girlfriend, no. Not really my area.’ The conversation leads to Holmes saying: ‘John, I think you should know I consider myself married to my work and while I am flattered by your interest, I am really not looking for anyone.’
Co-creator of the drama, Steven Moffat, who is also boss of Doctor Who, played down any ‘homoerotic’ elements. He said: ‘They are just incredibly good friends. If Sherlock is gay, and who knows if he is, then I don’t think he fancies John.’
So Sherlock is asexual? What utter torture that must be for Watson to deal with.