All of his Marvel movies might be found on Disney Plus these days, but Netflix is adding two Robert Downey Jr. films to its library on January 1st, 2021. This New Year’s Day sees a ton of fresh pics going up on the streaming giant and that includes a couple of entries in the Iron Man star’s filmography. One is among his most popular movies and the other is an effort that you might’ve overlooked. Namely, they’re 2003’s Gothika and 2009’s Sherlock Holmes.
The former is a psychological horror flick starring Halle Berry, but RDJ plays the male lead. Berry portrays a psychiatrist at a mental hospital who wakes up one day to find herself admitted to the asylum after being accused of murdering her husband. Downey Jr., meanwhile, plays her colleague who’s sympathetic to her cause. Unfortunately, Gothika wasn’t exactly a critical smash, with just 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, but Berry’s performance has been widely praised.
Six years later, thanks to the arrival of the MCU, RDJ’s career was in a much more robust shape and he found himself as one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men. Enter Sherlock Holmes, the Guy Ritchie action/adventure flick in which Downey Jr. gets to give his take on the iconic detective. Jude Law co-stars as Dr. Watson with Rachel McAdams as Holmes’ love interest Irene Adler. The movie was a smash hit and quickly spawned a sequel in 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Now that he’s done with Marvel, the actor is back to focusing on the Sherlock franchise as not only is a threequel coming together behind the scenes, but the star and producer is working hard on developing what he’s calling “a mystery-verse” – a shared universe based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, inspired by what he’s picked up from his time with Marvel Studios.
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