Many comic book creators aren’t happy when their creations are not properly translated into films. Just look at Alan Moore: three years later and he’s still pissed off about Watchmen. So when fans of 2000 AD‘s Judge Dredd heard the comic book character was being remade in the upcoming Dredd, people were worried about what John Wagner would think.
The man helped create the UK’s best known home-grown comic character so he’ll be the one to determine if this would become another Sylvester Stallone travesty. Having already seeing a completed version of the Karl Urban reboot, fans can rest easy because Wagner has a verbal hard-on for this flick. He doesn’t just love it – if Wagner could marry the film he’d already be having the honeymoon right now.
Here’s what Wagner had to say by way of his Facebook page:
I went up to London yesterday to see the completed Dredd film. I’ve had reservations about certain aspects of it, and made them plain to the team at DNA. All but one of them—a little quibble at the beginning—have been addressed. And what a lot they’ve added. Music is on the button. SFX are excellent. Filming is impressive. I’ve not seen a modern 3-D movie before but I like it. I found myself reaching out trying to touch things that were dancing before my eyes. Karl is a great Dredd and Olivia gets Anderson completely. This is Dredd as it should be done—true to character, visceral, unrelentingly violent (but not off-puttingly so). It will open, I believe, sometime in September. No doubt you’ll let me know what you think when you’ve seen it, but this has my recommendation.
Dredd is due to be released on 21 September 2012.