Earlier this month, Dredd producer Adi Shankar announced his plan to thank Dredd fans for their support by creating a Dredd web series featuring those fan favorite Dredd villains, the Dark Judges. Of course this series wouldn’t be “official.” It would join the other tribute videos, Dirty Laundry, a Punisher short, and Truth in Journalism, a Venom short in Shankar’s Bootleg Universe.
Mean was originally nothing like his deeply anti-social family, so Pa forced a Texas City surgeon to come out to their hideout in the Cursed Earth and surgically modify him. He now has a mechanical arm, and his skull is covered with a metal dome with a dial. The dial’s settings range from 1, where he’s surly and mean and nasty, on up to 4, where he’s fully berserk.
Here’s another fun fact. That’s also Pa Angel in the picture above played by Scott Wilson, who later played Herschel in The Walking Dead.
While I find myself disappointed that the Web series won’t be live action like the other two Bootleg Universe shorts, I can understand how live action would cost too much when one considers the effects needed to pull off the Dark Judges costumes and their powers. Animation provides the experience without all the added cost.
Those hoping that this web series might spark a true Karl Urban Dredd Sequel like the Deadpool test footage video did might have to tone down their expectations. I’m not sure that this will do the trick, but I want to see the series before I write the whole thing off.