Once again the helmeted hero of Mega City One graces the big Screen. Judge Dredd is one of Britain’s most recognized comic book characters. His “birth” came in 1977 from a British Science Fiction Anthology series entitled “2000 AD.” He’s a one man law enforcement officer with the legal powers of Judge, jury and executioner. He and his fellow Judges dispense justice in the Futuristic City of Mega One.
The Judges are armed with a state of the art arsenal of weapons such as a Daystick, knife stun and gas grenades. They all ride motor cycles called “Lawmasters.” These vehicles are virtual two wheeled tanks armed with machineguns, laser cannons and A.I. that responds to the Judge and operating itself.
This living embodiment of the justice system was created in a laboratory as a clone of the 1st chief Justice. The growth of these beings was artificially accelerated so that when they emerged from their incubators they had already achieved a physiological age of 5 years old. The name of Dredd was chosen by the scientist who created them to instill fear into the nearly lawless populace.
Joseph Dredd also had a brother who was for all intents and purposes his only real family. Also a genetically grown lawman, Ricco was the only cadet at the Academy Of Law to exceed Joseph in skill and physical stamina.
Unfortunately later in his career Ricco succumbed to the “dark side” and Joseph had to arrest his older brother for murder and corruption. Needless to say this made the Holidays very difficult to handle. This symbol of Law and Order of the Future was voted Britain’s 7th greatest comic character and IGN ranked him 35th in the top 100 Comic Book Heroes. Dredd’s character design was based on the “Frankenstein” character first created in Roger Corman’s cult classic 1975 film “Death Race 2000.” Just for a bit of “six degrees of separation” trivia Sylvester Stallone played “Machine Gun Joe,” in the cult classic.
The film was redone starring British martial arts and action superstar Jason Statham. Later the ultimate hardcore Lawman was first brought to life on the silver screen by Sylvester Stallone in 1995. The newest film incarnation of the character stars New Zealand born action star Karl Urban. Karl has starred in such films as “Doom,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Priest just to name a few. Spoiler Alert: In the newest version Dredd’s Arch nemesis is a female crime lord played by wonderful British actress and star of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” actress Leona Helmsley. “Judge Dredd” is playing in theater near you.