With Marvel Studios going strong entering phrase 3, and DC Comics looking to make a similar splash in the near future. It sure feels like comic book movies are a sure bet these days. The grass wasn’t always so green in the 90s. Alot of studios tried to recreate the past success of Christopher Reeve’s superman and Micheal Keaton’s Batman. One of these films was the 1995 adaptation of niche british comic Judge Dredd. Helmed by Silvester Stallone, the reception was lukewarm at best, but frankly bad. Almost 20 years later, its time for round two, with a much-needed reboot.
The story takes place in a dystopian future, where the world is an irradiated wasteland referred to as cursed earth. The majority of humanity lives in vastly over populated mega cities. This particular city is mega city one, home to more than 800 million residents. In order to deal with the population, the justice system has been compressed. Law is enforced by a police force known as Judges. Judges are the judge, jury, and executioners. Allowed to capture , sentence, and if needed execute criminals on the spot. Judges are the living embodiment of the law, and the most feared judge of them all is the titular character Judge Joseph Dredd.