Sherlock HolmesGuy Ritchie has his hands on a winner here. If you were in any doubt as to the authenticity of his re-imagining of Conan Doyle’s dour detective you need look no futher than this new trailer, released over at MTV. It shows Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson: The Superhero years with fist fights, quick wits and the whole of London on fire from one exploding side show or another. To paraphrase J.J. Abrams – this is not your father’s Sherlock Holmes.

And yet it works. I was smiling constantly through this trailer, loving the interplay between Holmes and Watson, genuinely excited to see Mark Strong’s sneering villain; this is London and Holmes seen through a laudanum induced haze. I got a sense I was watching something akin to Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – the scale, the dirt and the violence, crossed with Steven Sommers’ The Mummy when watching this.

It all points to a great Christmas Day here in the UK. Watch and enjoy below.