With the release of Guy Ritchie’s big-screen version of Sherlock Holmes still over six months away, there’s plenty of time to get people hyped to see it. We had the first official teaser poster a few months ago, a few set photos last month and then we were treated to the amazing first trailer shortly thereafter.

Everything released of the movie so far has been great, and today we have a couple of new slick posters featuring Sherlock Holmes himself (Robert Downey Jr.) as well as his assistant, Dr. Watson (Jude Law).

These two new Sherlock Holmes posters don’t really seem to fit in with the feel of the other material (particularly the trailer). However, these new posters are pretty cool in and of themselves – the foggy, blurry nature of them give off an intriguing air of mystery. And it goes without saying that Downey Jr. and Law look great in their respective roles. So without further ado:

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One thing I immediately noticed about these new Sherlock Holmes posters is that they don’t predominantly feature the actual name of the movie (does a web address really suffice? I don’t think so). With the character-centric style of them, I sense we’ll see a few more of these featuring other heavily featured characters – most likely Mark Strong as the villainous Lord Blackwood.

Free tip for making the final, official, Sherlock Holmes poster: just use the Sherlock-centric one shown above, make the actual name of the movie entirely clear, and you’re good to go. As for the other poster – I don’t know if there’s enough knowledge of Dr. Watson amongst people not familiar with the Sherlock Holmes to use the character as a selling point. Having said that, people (read: ladies) may just flock to the theater because it’s Jude Law.

I don’t think I’m alone in eagerly anticipating Sherlock Holmes; hopefully Ritchie’s more action-orientated take on the classic detective will work.

What do you think of these new Sherlock Holmes posters?

Sherlock Holmes opens on Christmas Day in the U.S., and on Boxing Day in the UK.

Source: Empire