Ever since he was cast as the iconic futuristic lawman, we've had faith that Karl Urban would deliver a better performance than Sylvester Stallone did in 1995's much-maligned Judge Dredd. The Dredd trailers seem to prove us right, but it wasn't just dumb luck that made Urban better. He worked at it, right down to that menacing, gravelly voice.
Many are looking forward to seeing Dredd later this year because it represents a chance at big-screen redemption for the character after the much-maligned 1995 Sylvester Stallone film. Most comic book devotees aren't shy about showering Stallone's version with hate—but when Dredd star Karl Urban was asked what he thought of the flick, he was a bit more ... careful.
Dredd 3D's marketing machine is revving up with more posters and images from the mega-violent movie starring Karl Urban. Here's the latest ads from Lionsgate showing Dredd's sinister profile leveling his Lawgiver. Let the head-shot hoedown begin!
A hard-R adaptation of a comic book franchise is a risky proposition, especially when it's following a somewhat campy mid-'90s attempt that floundered. But, despite all odds, Dredd is just a few weeks away. And, if a sequel ever is made, the film's producer says he already has a full trilogy mapped out in his head.
Though it absolutely bombed at the box office, Dredd is a pretty darn good comic book adaptation. It's dark, gritty and (most importantly) true to the source material. But, believe it or not, we need to thank Sylvester Stallone and his generally mocked 1995 Judge Dredd film for it getting made. Really!