Before donning Superman’s cape once more, Henry Cavill reprised a different, but also well-known role with quite the fandom — Sherlock Holmes.
In Netflix’s “Enola Holmes 2,”Cavill plays Sherlock but through the eyes of Enola (Millie Bobby Brown), who stars as Sherlock in the sequel. Which means that despite that post-credits scene, a Henry Cavill Sherlock movie isn’t likely in the cards.
Harry Bradbeer, director, discussed how Watson’s post-credits introduction presents a challenge for Sherlock. However Enola also foils Sherlock in her own way. While Enola finds love with Lord Tewkesbury (Louis Partridge) after solving her case, the theme of Sherlock’s loneliness remains, and she worries for her brother.
“I think ‘How is there hope for him?’ would be answered in any future movies were they to happen,”Cavill spoke of a possible sequel. “There’s always whisperings of these sort of things, but nothing is ever official until you enter the first day of shooting, and even then until you finish shooting and even then it has to come out. Right now that’s a that’s all always brings but I don’t know of anything official just yet.
And for those curious about a certain canon character’s debut to the franchise, Cavill asserts that Watson will not displace Enola in Sherlock’s life.
“This universe is very much Enola’s, so she’ll always be involved,”Cavill stated. “I think it’s important to make that connection between the two characters.”
As for getting into character for Sherlock, Cavill credits the setting of the detective’s flat on Baker Street with helping immerse him into the canon.
“I enjoyed enormously being in Baker Street. The work the production team did there was extraordinary. It was such a beautifully crafted set, magnificent,”Cavill stated. “I didn’t like to leave that set. I just like to sit in it and enjoy it and feel as much as Sherlock as I possibly could.”
Cavill echoed Bradbeer’s point of Enola coloring Sherlock’s life with her influence as his younger sister. In the post-credits scene, Watson is introduced to Sherlock by Enola.
“It wasn’t a deliberate attempt to make it my own. I think living within the Enola universe, in all the literature and all the other mediums, he doesn’t have an Enola. He has a Watson, but that’s very different from having an Enola,”Cavill stated. “There’s a strong emotional connection to Enola there, there’s a similarity in how they’re raised. It allows for a slightly different viewpoint. When it comes to Enola, there’s always this emotionality with the connection, which is otherwise unique to the Enola universe.”
Although the siblings were raised together by Eudoria Holmes, Helena Bonham Carter, Sherlock uses deductive reasoning to find loose threads while Enola uses it. Both their different thinking patterns and approaches to emotion help them balance one another.
“I think Enola has a lot to teach Sherlock, certainly about the world he’s living in, even though he may have an awareness of the lack of fairness of the world, especially when it comes to women living in the world, he is not even close to understanding what it’s like,”Cavill stated. “He has a lot to learn from Enola in that especially going from the first movie into the second, but in the second, he’s taught a lesson of companionship by Enola. Not being able to rely just on himself, that it’s okay to have someone else in his life who he can turn to. Certainly in the second movie, Enola is the one helping guide Sherlock.”
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