DENNIS O’NEIL: Sherlock of the Movies

Dennis O'Neil

Dennis O'Neil was born in 1939, the same year that Batman first appeared in Detective Comics. It was thus perhaps fated that he would be so closely associated with the character, writing and editing the Dark Knight for more than 30 years. He's been an editor at Marvel and DC Comics. In addition to Batman, he's worked on Spider-Man, Daredevil, Iron Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, the Question, The Shadow and more. O'Neil has won every major award in the industry. His prose novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Denny lives in Rockland County with his wife, Marifran.

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4 Responses

  1. Kevin says:

    Why do olden characters nned to appeal to contemporary audiences. The Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes series works fine for me. s. If you need to have the characters appeal to a contemporay audience the BBC series Sherlock is far superior to Guy Ritchie’s films.

  2. Sean D. Martin says:

    much of the action is rendered in blurs and pans and ultra-swift cuts and so we popcorn eaters don’t know exactly what’s going on.

    Yes, quick cuts and close-ups of frantic action may capture more realistically what it’s like to be in the midst of a fight, but I don’t go to action movies for realism. (I’m looking at you, opening Quantum of Solace, but not just you.)

  3. Miles Vorkosigan says:

    Well stated, my dear O’Neill. I grew up with Rathbone and Bruce, then read the stories and realized just how watered down Holmes had been for cinema. Brett and Hardwicke are the definitive Holmes and Watson for me, although I’ll warrant that Cumberbatch and Freeman are exceptional in those roles. I can do very well without Messrs. Downey, Law and Ritchie and their pyrotechnic sensibilities, as well as Depp and his puerile effort to remake The Thin Man. Some things don’t need remaking.

  4. mike weber says:

    Haven’t seen the new one yet – Kate did, and liked it – and i may have to wait for DVD, but i think i like Sherlock better – if you’re going to “modernise” Holmes, then set it in the present day.

    I was particularly taken with putting Homes and Watson temporarily in Rathbone and Bruce’s deerstalker and tweed cap, and making those part of their public image…