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  1. Walter Durajlija
    December 21
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    I notice 2000AD is putting out another Free Comic Book Day edition with a new Judge Dredd story. Perhaps they will try some new direction with this issue. Hopefully they have a cool project in the wings ready to capitalize on the interest generated on FCBD.

    • Danny Champion
      December 22
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      I guess there is enough time for them to make some ‘moves’ before the summer, I just hope there’s a decent plan of action to support the movie, as The Avengers may steal some thunder I think… it could be fantastic! but, it could also be next summers’ Conan 😉

  2. SREW
    December 21
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    Speaking as a Judge Dredd fan since the early 1980s, it’s a shame that the new movie does not appear to have exploited the incredible Dredd back catalogue of characters and stories (but then I haven’t seen it yet so who knows). However, if this movie is intended just to get people to know Dredd and his world that might be okay. Like Stallone, they have clearly ‘messed with the program’ by redesigning costumes, weapons, bikes, etc. which seems a bit ridiculous to me. Some very smart artists and several decades made Dredd’s look what it is today, and surely that should be celebrated, not jettisoned. However, after the crashing disappointment of the Stallone movie, I am not going to go into this one with any expectations – Dredd has remained a background figure in comics since the Stallone movie blew his chance for global recognition, so if they screw it up now, it won’t make much of a difference. But if the new movie is half decent, maybe it will open up a chance for more adventurous onscreen outings…

    • Danny Champion
      December 22
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      It’s a good shout on the characters and stories they could employ for sure… what movie would you make as a Dredd fan? and would you make the same movie if you were trying to generate new interest?

      Also, do you think a solid crossover (with the right character) would help or hurt him in the comics?

      • SREW
        December 23
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        The Angels are still a fantastic Dredd nemesis, and I always loved Fink Angel and Ratty. The Angels appearance in the first Dredd movie was the only bit I liked, though it could have been better and was all too brief. Judge Death worked brilliantly in the comics but might look a bit silly on screen. Satanus, Otto Sump, Caligula & the Kleggs, assorted robots and muties would all be very good – but really it’s the tone of Dredd that matters most – a good movie will capture the mix of cynicism, satire and humour that’s really unique. Other properties worthy of movies? Surely Rogue Trooper, since genetics is catching up with him, and Nemesis the Warlock – oh to see a Nemesis movie!! If anyone could recreate the world of O’Neil’s Nemesis stories, it would be magnificent!

        • Daniel Champion
          December 23
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          Ok, so It’s fair to say your Dredd movie would be a little… ‘indulgent’ :-) Fantastic call on some of these characters! Do you think a ‘super-fan’ should ever be involved in the production of a comic book movie? Or should the creative team on a movie, have more of a… general feel for the required vibe?

          • SREW
            December 24
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            Movies are businesses as much as art, and need to stay true to a character in order not to alienate the audience, or at least that part of it made up of fans or people familiar with the character. At the same time, movies are art, and ought to have full scope to do whatever they like with a character – we like experimentation in comics, so why not in movies too? However, a movie is different to a comic because it stands as a very powerful representation for any character – it can define a character for a generation to audiences that no comics can reach. So it matters a lot to fans that a movie is a fair representation of the character they love, and creators need to respect that. This would be the only reason, I think, to stick to the existing styles and mythology of Dredd (for example) – and fans are a real help here with a good intuition based on years of experience about what is ‘right’ in the look and beahviour of the character (of course long-term writers are best here).

Make It Good.