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New “Dredd” poster is…moody?

Dredd teaser poster via JoBlo.com

Let’s see, it’s June 9th and we’ve still only seen tiny glimpses at the Karl Urban fronted “Judge Dredd” reboot – the mono-titular “Dredd” – which opens in September.  So, not too far away at all, then?

I confess to being…slightly bemused.

See, most action flicks are in the business of setting out their proverbial stall early, so that you get a good idea of what you’re going to get well ahead of time (Gods forbid that we go and see a film nowadays and not have every aspect of the plot spoiled months in advance by trailers and TV spots which can’t help but tell you everything that happens…).  And, so far, we’ve seen precisely two-to-three seconds of actual “Dredd” footage via grainy GIF files on nerdy forums.

“You leaked set pics? The sentence is insta-death!, creep!”

If you’re presenting a reboot of a character somewhat ill-served by the first pass at realising him on-screen wouldn’t it make sense to try to get a groundswell of opinion and chatter about the film going by showing some moving images to interested fan folk?   Whilst we can’t trust the internet to be responsible for getting butts in seats as some recent genre pics have seemingly tried to, getting the audience most likely to show up on opening weekend excited about your product would seem like a good idea?

Nope, nothing even remotely high camp about that costume. Not a hint.

Especially if you want erode the still-extant ill-feeling felt by 2000 AD fans towards 1995’s not wholly successful, Sylvester Stallone vehicle.  Sure, you can promise R-ratings, headshots aplenty and the deal breaker that Dredd’s iconic helmet is staying put throughout until the Mega City One cows come home to their Farm Block.

If we haven’t seen a trailer for “Dredd” by the time that “The Dark Knight Rises” opens on July 20th, I’m going to be one rather concerned nerd…

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Not Dredd-ful…

Yes, I went there.  Here be terrible puns.

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“Which one of you perps said Stallone was better?”

John Wagner, co-creator of Mega-City One’s least socially progressive plod Judge Dredd has seen the new Pete Travis directed film and pronounced it good.  Or not ‘Drokk!’, at least.  Which is nice.

This may go some way towards offsetting some of the bad early buzz about directorial lock-outs from the edit room, behind-the-scenes wrangling, fan worries about early set pictures and that jazz – it would be nice to think that an independently financed production like this could realise this iconic Brit sci-fi anti-hero properly and launch a series of   delightfully dystopian adventures which might get this character some of the attention he deserves.

At least it’s got a year or so head start on the Robocop reboot, which can only be good news for fans of futuristic bad-asses dispensing ironic summary justice.

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