Why can’t any recent Sherlock Holmes adaptation get Irene Adler right?

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As a proud Sherlockian, I’m cosigning on all of this.

I think the biggest problem is the writers try to reinterpret Adler as a femme fatale. The Catwoman to Sherlock’s Batman. While that is an interesting dynamic that can lead to some great storytelling, it’s simply not true to the original character, as the author explains.

I will be curious to see how Elementary tackles Adler when they bring her in.

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10 thoughts on “Why can’t any recent Sherlock Holmes adaptation get Irene Adler right?

  1. I think Elementary actually fridged Adler. Unless she’s not actually dead and they’re doing the “dramatic reveal later in the season” thing.

    So… yeah.

    It bugs me that they constantly make her the romantic interest, too, mainly because it seems to me like they’re desperately trying to throw some heterosexuality at Holmes and hoping it sticks.

    • “I think Elementary actually fridged Adler. Unless she’s not actually dead and they’re doing the “dramatic reveal later in the season” thing.”

      You know THAT’S EXACTLY what’s going to happen. ;-)

  2. Me personaly they should of kept it in an Asexual angle. Like Adler shouldn’t try to suduce Holmes, but try to pick at his brain. It would be a better storyling and keeping true to the characters.

  3. The show is pretty clear about Adler being deceased, unless somebody did a *really* good job of faking her death via serial killer.
    I do like that apparently the creators have said that Holmes’ and Watson’s relationship is going to remain platonic. It’s not quite “Asexual Holmes” but it’s a nice change from “Look! Here’s a male and female lead! Let’s pair them together!”

    • I must have missed the bit where they mentioned how she died. The most I remember about her is that Joan confronted Sherlock about it and he said that she was dead, and Sherlock can be pretty unreliable sometimes.

      I second the appreciation of a platonic Watson-Holmes relationship.

  4. I always thought she behaved too in-your-face as opposed to all the subtleties displayed in the original story. The real Adler would have brought out admiration and a smile off Sherlock Holmes, instead of all the overt actions and emotions thrown to us by the BBC adaptation. She was a class on her own, the real Adler.

  5. Actually Conan Doyle was quite specific about ‘The Woman’ being the closest Sherlock Holmes ever came to falling in love with a woman. In the original story she was an actress, whip-smart and beautiful. In the current BBC adaption she was a dominatrix – with all of the original attributes, all pun intended. I fail to see that they got it wrong. The Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Holmes’ adaptation doesn’t bear analysing; mis-cast and ridiculous. Rachel McAdams was never going to have the gravitas to pull off Irene Adler.

    • “I fail to see that they got it wrong.”

      Steve and that’s you, However, the article pointed out in long detail what the adaptation got wrong.

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