Dredd, perhaps the most loved (and simultaneously reviled), longest running character in the epic British comic 2000 AD will celebrate 35 years of publication history next month. The one-man judge, jury and executioner of Mega City One, all that remains of a post-nuclear holocaust future America, is all that stands between anarchy, mutants (and freedom). Since his first appearance in 1977, this anti-hero gestalt of Dirty Harry and the abstract concept of absolute, blind and merciless justice has garnered a huge fan base, generated various spin-offs and cross-overs; on one occasion even taking on the Dark Knight himself!
In the 90s, Judge Dredd was made into a rather average movie- Judge Dredd (1995). To be fair, I don’t think it was Sylvester Stallone, the SFX or the acting in general that was at fault. It was the weak plot, the Achilles’s heel of many Hollywood projects. Stallone, at least, had the chin for Dredd.
The movie is set for a reboot with Judge Dredd (2012) to be released this year. Karl Urban will be assuming the titular role this time. I like Karl Urban, Macbethian in the Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and even better as Leonard “Bones” McCoy in Star Trek (2009). I just hope he can pull off the sheer John Wayne dwarfing über machismo of Dredd.
I always liked Dredd because he was utterly impartial in his dispensation of justice. Like all kids (ok, mainly male ones) I went through a phase of wanting to be a police-man. Dredd was always my role-model so luckily, perhaps, this ambition was unfulfilled.
What have we learned from all this? Karl Urban is from New Zealand and don’t mess with the law (at least not in Mega City One!)
Stick that up your iso-cube, perp!