Netflix's Enola Holmes sued by Sherlock estate because Henry Cavill played character 'too soft'

NETFLIX'S Enola Holmes is being sued by the Sherlock estate because Henry Cavill played the character 'too soft'.

The film was released last week and stars Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown as the titular Enola, the sister of famous detective Sherlock Holmes, who sets out to find her missing mother.

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Superman actor Henry, 37, plays Sherlock, but while it has proved popular on the streaming service, the estate of Sherlock author Arthur Conan Doyle is far from impressed.

Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has filed a lawsuit against Netflix, as well as production company Legendary Pictures, book publishers Penguin Random House and others, claiming an infringement of copyright.

The Estate owns the copyright for the final 10 Sherlock stories, in which he becomes warmer and more friendly.

It claims that by having Henry portray Sherlock in that way in the film, it is an infringement of that copyright.


The document submitted states: "After the stories that are now in the public domain, and before the Copyrighted Stories, the Great War happened.

"In World War I Conan Doyle lost his eldest son, Arthur Alleyne Kingsley. Four months later he lost his brother, Brigadier-general Innes Doyle.

"When Conan Doyle came back to Holmes in the Copyrighted Stories between 1923 and 1927, it was no longer enough that the Holmes character was the most brilliant rational and analytical mind.

"Holmes needed to be human. The character needed to develop human connection and empathy."

The lawsuit was filed in June, and none of the parties involved have commented.

However, when Henry was asked about the lawsuit, he told GQ Magazine: "Haha, honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.

"I mean, honestly, I don't have a take on it. It's a character from a page which we worked out from the screenplay, the legal stuff is above my pay grade."

Enola Holmes is available on Netflix now

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