...k and marvel at how many interpretations have come over the years. Greats like Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, and Christopher Lee have all come and gone, each giving his own unique take on the character. As for which current version is my favorite, it's a serious toss-up between Downey, Jr. and Cumberbatch. The former seems a bit more unpredictable while the latter does a better job of conveying the immense intelligence that the character is known for. I haven't gotten a chance to see McKellen's take yet, but I have no doubt that he will be more than up to the challenge.