Oh Judge Dredd, You Need To Pull It Together

Alright, so in case you didn’t know, Hollywood’s decided to reboot Sylvester Stallone’s Judge Dredd. The original film was itself based off the British comic book and we’re not sure whether this is truer to the 90’s flick or the actual comics, but one thing’s for sure, and that’s how terrible it looks.

I’m not one to disparage an artist’s work, but I’ll make a rare exception in this case. If the film stays on its current trajectory, I think it’s safe to say that Judge Dredd could possibly be one of the worst comic book movies ever. Just take a look at Karl Urban in these set pics:

It sad to see Eomer fall to the industry’s maniacal ways. So, what’d you guys think? Am I right? Or am I just being an ass? Sound off.

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  • Eustace

    You’re an ass who hasn’t a notion about Dredd. The new film is based on the source rather than a reboot of ‘Stallone’s’ Dredd. It’s close in look and feel to the comic.

    • Steve Lemlek

      Well, at least you spoke your mind. I still have a bad feeling about this flick. It’s ridiculous number of delays, as well as studios’ lack of support, screams flop! But not only that, this pictures really don’t look that great. The helmet looks ridiculous, although it is a pretty faithful adaptation of the original 70’s appearance. And I find everything a bit sparse…not as in ‘dystopian future’ sparse, but as in the fact that they didn’t splurge on set design or CGI, which is a necessity in a comic book movie.

  • Tony

    Whether or not it is closer to the comic will not save it from the multiple jokes on how phallic that helmet looks.

    I hope the movie is decent, cause I’d love to see a Judge Dredd movie that’s not a buddy cop movie with Rob Schneider, but I doubt this will be better received by the public at large.

  • Northern Star

    C’mon Steve dude, you haven’t even seen any footage thus far, how can you say it’s going to be “possibly one of the worst comic book movies ever”, that kind of negative thinking is why studios play it safe and not take chances on edgy genre material!?

    FYI, the reason ‘Dredd’ was put back to September was because March was already packed with genre films, no studio is backing it because DNA Films want to do a PROPER Judge Dredd adaptation this time that’s uncompromising, violent, and very much R-rated, and the reason it looks spartan is because those pics are taken in a Mega-City One slum residential block not downtown Mega-City One itself, and you haven’t seen every set in the movie yet, so I don’t think you can write it off completely yet, and as for CGI, there’s going to be some 800 visual effect shots in the final film- is THAT enough for you?

    You are correct that the look of the Judges in the film harkens back to the earliest ‘Judge Dredd’ comics, but if Dredd’s own creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra (not to mention artists Mark ‘Jock’ Simpson and Dave Gibbons) have voiced their unabashed approval of the new movie, and THEY’VE actually seen footage, if not whole cuts, of the film, and if they’re happy with the film, then who am I or you to say it’s not right…!?

    • Steve Lemlek

      I’ll be the first to admit that my thoughts about this move are pretty brash and assholish, but as much as I love “2000 AD”, this movie doesn’t seem like it has it together. Seriously, September is when poor-man’s movies are thrown into an uncompetitive month. That alone makes me worried.

      And I think the pictures warrant some major concern. It definitely reminds me of Punisher: War Zone.

      Now, I’m sure I could be proven wrong, but my initial opinions are still pretty dismal.

      It’s especially concerning that they couldn’t find a big name financial backer.

  • Eustace

    Really? The pictures remind me of Carlos Ezquerra’s original Dredd, the most appropriate for adaptation. The script is also good and we don’t usually get comic-book films with this sort of tone/edge.

    It’s an R rated film, doesn’t really matter when they release it, it’s all luck at this end of the spectrum.

    District 9 -same budget- didn’t have a big name financial backer and was released in September; simplistic camparisons are kind of a stupid game to play.


    why cant they come up with a good costume for dredd remember dick tracy or the first batman tb .dredd character actor should have prothetics chin comic book style dark vilont tone they should make his bike just like the comic book remember its a comic book i have a great vision that would kick ass to bad iam not in the movie bus lets see how it turns out

  • judgeoliver

    What? Carl Urban was awesome. Actually a good movie…