In an upcoming issue of 2000 AD–the long-running weekly British comic book that should be a part of every comic lover’s collection—we see Judge Dredd kissing a man with a green mohawk. The implication that the helmeted judge/jury/executioner of all things illegal in Mega-City One could be gay, or at least bi-curious, is enough to set comic book message boards ablaze with sadly typical homophobic ranting. But other fans are grumbling for a different reason altogether.
I knew that the makers of Dredd got the feel of the comic book, 2000 AD, right when its square-jawed authority, Judge Dredd, pulled out his lawgiver gun. It was set to Hot Shot, its heat-seeking mode that Dredd uses when he wants to eliminate fleeing perps. Sweet. They also captured the worn-to-the-bone look of Mega-City One, a future megalopolis that has more in common with New York City during its Fort Apache: The Bronx days than the cyberpunk future of Blade Runner. These, and many other good decisions, made Dredd an excellent interpretation of 2000 AD—and a movie worth seeing.
In the most recent commercial for Dredd 3D, the upcoming Lionsgate film to be released in the United States on September 21, 2012, we get some style and substance, a taste of what we hopefully have ahead of us. But there was something important left out of this 30-second trailer. The title card reads, “Based on the legendary comic book”…but it doesn’t actually mention the comic book’s name.
For everyone else, however, this Judge Dredd “red band” clip is definitely NSFW.