Dredd Lives – Fan Post by Bryan Johnson
17/08/2015 | Fan Post
The Dredd movie itself was an amazing experience, but what went wrong was that in the United Kingdom at the cinema you could only see it in 3D and not everyone wants to watch a film 3D. I have to concede that the actual 3D itself in Dredd was utilized to stunning effect and I was more impressed by the use of 3D in Dredd then I was with Avatar. Dredd audience numbers also suffered because it received an 18 certificate in the United Kingdom. In fact, as I waited in line a kid of about 14 who was with his father was turned away because he was not old enough to see the film.
I think that although the film lacked the humour of the comics this could have been because the makers of the film wanted to distance themselves as far as possible from the Sylvester Stallone abomination of the 90s; which by the way is the only film ever to have reduced me to tears because of its sheer awfulness.
I feel the onscreen future of Dredd lies in animated series on Netflix or Amazon as I believe that this in turn could lead to a movie. The advantage of Judge Dredd lies in the fact that no origin story is necessary and the only introduction needed is:
America is an irradiated wasteland. Within it lies a city. Outside the boundary walls, a desert. A cursed earth. Inside the walls, a cursed city, stretching from Boston to Washington D.C. An unbroken concrete landscape. 800 million people living in the ruin of the old world and the mega structures of the new one. Mega blocks. Mega highways. Mega City One. Convulsing. Choking. Breaking under its own weight. Citizens in fear of the street. The gun. The gang. Only one thing fighting for order in the chaos: the men and women of the Hall of Justice. Juries. Executioners. Judges.
A high quality animated series could be produced on a lower budget and would give potential writers more scope to replicate the insane world of Mega City One and its dysfunctional denizens. Imagine an animated version of the Judge Death, Judge Cal or the Judge Dredd lite: America. If they can make an animated two parter of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight epic and are also about to produce an Alan Moore’s Killing Joke then with Dredd, anything should be possible. There are many Batman fans out there not overly familiar with the Dredd Universe but I am pretty sure that the exposure given by an animated Dredd TV series could convert them into Dreddites. Even though Batman has been around for nearly twice as long as Judge Dredd, I can’t help but think that the Dredd universe is far richer then the city of Gotham. Who knows? Maybe they could start with the fantastic Judgement on Gotham.