You can never tell how a comic book creator is going to feel about seeing his work adapted for the screen. After all, it can either go incredibly well or horribly wrong. But John Wagner is in the rare position of having his creation, Judge Dredd, adapted twice. The first one was a nightmare ... and he's just seen the Karl Urban reboot. And ...
And it seems Wagner likes it. A lot. A whole lot. At least judging by this post on 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."
We can only hope it'll erase the memories of the Sylvester Stallone version from our minds ... if not from history.