First ‘Dredd’ Image Shows Karl Urban As The Judge

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

Dredd picked up by Lionsgate First Dredd Image Shows Karl Urban As The Judge

A first image from the upcoming Judge Dredd reboot, Dredd has surfaced online, and it shows the new Judge Dredd (Star Trek‘s Karl Urban) looking ready for some judgement / execution action.

The image comes our way courtesy of 2000AD and it apparently depicts Urban in the Judge Dredd uniform (helmet on, of course!) in the midst of rehersal for the film, which is being written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later) and directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point).

Now I know that like me, some of you reading this still find Sylvester Stallone’s 1995 version of Judge Dredd to be a guilty pleasure that didn’t completely ruin the iconic anti-hero. While I respect that reverence for the Stallone film, I know that I – and a lot of other hardcore Judge Dredd  fans – are expecting something a little different from this reboot, which will supposedly stick closer to the comic book rendition of the character.

Karl Urban himself recently promised that Dredd will be darker in tone, and that his version of the character will be rolling with his helmet on for the film’s duration – just what fanboys have been clamoring for.

Check out the first image of Urban as Dredd below and tell us what you think:

urban dredd enhanced First Dredd Image Shows Karl Urban As The Judge

I’ve been a casual fan of the Judge Dredd comic books, but I definitely agree that one of the character’s principal strengths is the almost mythical status he has within the world he inhabits. It’s why the guy never needs to take his helmet off: his legend precedes him and the mystery of his identity makes him even more of the icon of (vengeance? skewed Justice?) he is meant to be.

However, one still must wonder if the narrative arch of an entire movie can be sustained by a guy who never really shows his face. Before you rush to say “Of course it can!” Remember that we live in the age where even the baddest boys seem to require some touchy-feely backstory to make them sympathetic or explain how they came to be so hardcore (see: Hannibal Rising – or rather, don’t).

For now I’ll say the obvious: Urban looks pretty good as Dredd. We’ll find out just how well his version of the character translates to the big screen when Dredd 3D hits theaters (most likely) sometime in 2012.

Source: 2000AD via Cinematical

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  1. There is a special place in my heart for Stallone’s Dredd film, theres a lot in that film to love, it may not have been very true to thr comics but it was fun!
    As for this, huge fan of Urban, he’s a great actor and has a good range, this could be a lot of fun, the small budget may also help get the tone of the film spot on.
    I’ll wait for a trailer before making a ‘judgement’ though. I’ll most likely wait for DVD.

  2. It looks like an extra large halloween costume on him right now. Urban needs to look bigger (more muscular). Shoulder pads need to look closer to the comic. If you look real close at the visor it looks like the red lines in the middle are just covering the inside of his eyes. I’m picturing Urban cross-eyed under that helmet.

  3. I hope this is just him as a rookie so far.

  4. I don’t want to be pedantic but can I just clear one thing up? Will people stop saying that Dredd never took his helemt off? He did, quite a few times but you never saw his face. Clever artwork kept it hidden. That’s the mythology not “never took his helmet off”. There, I’ve said it.
    Now to the new look. Rubbish. Full stop. A mixture of early 80’s Dredd with the rounded shoulder pads and classic Dredd with the (admittedly) spot on helmet. Urban doesn’t look “big enough” to fill the uniform out.
    There’s a fan film being made at the moment called Judge Minty. On a miniscule budget they’ve managed to capture the Judge look 100%. Check it out.
    I’m still looking forward to the new film (even Stallone’s Dredd is a guilty pleaure, blu ray please someone) but this has disappointed me somewhat. Just doesn’t look quite right.

    • @rhinofan5000, Agreed,Judge Minty,ok thanks for the tip.I’ll look it up now.

        • Thanks guys!!! I saw it earlier. NOW THAT’S HOW YOU DO IT. Awesome fan teaser. I want to see more!!!

  5. Yeah that guy isn’t big enough to be Dread… his suit looks like it’s swallowing him up!!! besides that sound ok

  6. I think the fanflick about Judge Minty looks way better than this.

  7. The first Dredd was a mistake. Sure, sometimes they happen. If you’re really soft, you could see it as a ‘starter’ Dredd, because this new one is the real Deal. There’s no argument. And seeing as this article is over three years old. I’d say cased closed.