Netflix’s original movie Enola Holmes took audiences by storm this September, but the drama surrounding the film started back in June due to controversy over the portrayal of legendary character Sherlock Holmes.
Though the character Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain, the Doyle estate maintains copyright on the portrayal of the deductive detective. And according to their claim, Henry Cavill’s portrayal of the character was too likable.
Books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle between 1923 and 1927 are where the famous sleuth started to be seen with sensitive traits, a like for dogs, or more respect for women, which don’t fall under the public domain portrayal of the character but are key characteristics seen in the movie. This nuanced detail led to the Doyal estate suing Netflix, Nancy Springer who wrote the Enola Holmes book series the movie is based on, and her publisher Penguin Random House.
There has been no final ruling on the case so far, but readers and watchers agree that the movie is clever, fun, and a wonderful revival of the Sherlock Holmes franchise for a modern audience.