Article by James
Seems the Brits are keen to jump on the Superhero mega-bucks bandwagon where possible with their own home-grown talent. Now while the UK doesn’t really have Superheroes per-say in the American sense, they do have spies, detectives and “heroes” based more in an alternative reality so to speak. Sherlock Holmes, for which Director Guy Ritchie has created a stellar money-churning franchise – currently having finished number two, is probably the most comparable that has actually delivered the dosh recently without forgetting to mention… James Bond, of course. Seems this current high of Brit success, and with the overwhelming US juggernaut of fancy-dressed blockbusters coming our way, someone in the land of the spotted dick said, hey, let’s drag out another old nugget!
Now while the name Judge Dredd may not be a well known comic book character to most of us in Oz, or for many in the US, JD is one of the most successful British comic book characters of all time. For those fellow members of Gen X, you may recall the high-profile debacle that was the 1995 flick Judge Dredd starring none-other than Sylvester Stallone. The charismatic Armand Assante also starred in this shockingly over-priced turd. With a supporting cast including Rob Schneider, Max Von Sydow and Diane Lane, me thinks the flick was probably doomed when filming began, with rumours of on set re-writes and mood swings during filming that made Rocky look more Diva than Mariah Carey. Jokes aside, I grew up oddly enough with this character. From where I have zip idea, but I had many copies of legendary British science fiction anthology 2000AD, which Judge Dredd was the most popular strip. Still running after 30 years, English comic geeks will be excited that finally, someone is giving this must beloved character another shot.
Stripped of its intense star wattage, the new version – simple titled Dredd – is in cinemas late October and looks fairly promising to me. With a known, but not Movie Star cast, including Karl Urban as JD (best known for roles in 2004’s The Borne Supremacy, and The Chronicles of Riddick, and 2009’s reboot of Star Trek), with the gorgeous Lena Headey (best known as Sarah Connor in the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles that ran from 2008 to 2009). With Director Pete Travis (best known for various TV shows including a few eps of Brit police melodrama The Bill in 1997), seems JD may have a chance of setting the big screen alight without the demands of expensive US celebrities. Here’s the drill: “In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deal the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.”
Trust me people, JD is super cool and rides a big police chopper, toting large futuristic guns at baddies. He’s good, but badass. Go see.