Judge Dredd was originally a comic, and it was good. It was rewritten with another story line, and it was still good. Then it was a movie, and it was bad. Really bad. Then it became a movie again (Dredd), and it lacked the comic book back-story and it was low on character development. There was no love story, no lesson-learned and the movie didn’t take itself seriously which is OH MY GOD WHY THE MOVIE WAS SO DAMN AWESOME! In a world over saturated with shallow PG13 flicks, it’s exactly what we needed.
And now there’s this. Whatever the bloody hell this is.
Dredd executive producer Adi Shankar‘s unofficial animated spin-off, Judge Dredd: Superfiend, has brought online a teaser trailer!
According to Shankar, this series has nothing to do with the original film in question. It’s a treat for fans, much like his previously-released Punisher short starring Thomas Jane. Shankar provided his two reasons for wanting to do this series:
1. The “Bootleg Universe” is about viewing things through a fresh lens. I wanted to do something that played up the satirical tone of the Judge Dredd comics, an anti-establishment British comic about post apocalyptic America. Furthermore, I’m not going to bootleg my own thing and do it in live action … I’ll save that for Dirty Laundry 2.
2. I personally love cartoons, so I wanted to mimic the look of 90’s MTV, “Ren & Stimpy,” Liquid Television, with a dash of “ReBoot” and juxtapose that with the trademark violence found in everything I have done. When I was younger all of your favorite comic book sci-fi anti-hero characters had an animated series, X-Men: The Animated Series, Ultraforce, WildC.A.T.s, Savage Dragon, and even Youngblood got close … so in that tradition this is Judge Dredd’s foray into ultraviolent kids animation!”
I’m not sure about the animation, that really turns me down about the whole thing. There are only so many grotesque versions of Dredd one can take. But then on the other hand…Dredd, heck yeah! We’ll do well to remember how sincerely weird this is, which is refreshing. I’ll be interested to see how fans of the original comics take to it.
The series is expected to debut online October 27. Shankar also provided this episode break down:
this episode breakdown:
- Episode 1: Judge Sydney
- Episode 2: The Angel Gang
- Episode 3: Judge Death
- Episode 4: Rico & Vienna
- Episode 5: In Death We Trust
- Episode 6: Dredd vs Death
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