You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to recognize a box office goldmine when you see one -- but it probably helps.

According to 'Sherlock Holmes' super-producer Joel Silver, after the gentleman detective took the box office by storm this winter, Warner Bros. is eagerly looking to fast-track the sequel with director Guy Ritchie back at the helm. This is bad news for fans of the DC Comics character 'Lobo,' whose origin story Ritchie planned to film next.

Speaking exclusively to Hero Complex, Silver (who is producing both 'Holmes' and 'Lobo') revealed that it is unlikely that Ritchie will now be involved in the comic book adaptation. "I don't think he's going to do it now," he said. "The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another 'Sherlock Holmes.' So I think we're going to be doing that... We're trying to see if we can do something quickly with another 'Sherlock Holmes' movie. We have some ideas and some good story points." You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to recognize a box office goldmine when you see one -- but it probably helps.

According to 'Sherlock Holmes' super-producer Joel Silver, after the gentleman detective took the box office by storm this winter, Warner Bros. is eagerly looking to fast-track the sequel with director Guy Ritchie back at the helm. This is bad news for fans of the DC Comics character 'Lobo,' whose origin story Ritchie planned to film next.

Speaking exclusively to Hero Complex, Silver (who is producing both 'Holmes' and 'Lobo') revealed it is unlikely that Ritchie will now be involved in the comic book adaptation. "I don't think he's going to do it now," he said. "The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another 'Sherlock Holmes.' So I think we're going to be doing that ... We're trying to see if we can do something quickly with another 'Sherlock Holmes' movie. We have some ideas and some good story points."

Instead, Silver predicts that another director will have to step in and take the reins on 'Lobo,' which he is producing alongside Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona. Despite the setback, the producer seems optimistic that the property will be a draw for comic fans even without Ritchie behind the lens.

"It was created as a rebuttal to the Marvel characters and his vest said 'Bite me fanboy,' " Silver told Hero Complex. "It was very much a response to Wolverine and Punisher and the other characters and I think now that makes it fresh [for moviegoers]. We're working on it now and it will be nice to put it together and make it happen."

Although James Cameron's 'Avatar' was king of the Christmas ticket sales, Ritchie's 'Holmes' has still raked in over $389 million at the worldwide box office and just scored a Golden Globe for its star, Robert Downey Jr.; and that's even before its release in other major overseas markets like France, Germany and Japan.

Earlier this month it was reported that Downey Jr. had dropped out of Jon Favreau's graphic novel adaptation 'Cowboys and Aliens,' sparking speculation that a 'Holmes' sequel was on the cards; now, with a second comic book movie left in a tailspin, it seems that the juggernaut detective sequel has no intention of being derailed. Everyone else had better move out of the way.

Are you excited for the 'Sherlock' sequel? Who do you think should step in to put 'Lobo' back on track? Give us your thoughts below!
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