We now have an idea of what the Judge Dredd: Mega-City One will look like if the planned series finds a home on television.
The first piece depicts superhighways that make up the majority of Mega-City One, the sprawling fictional metropolis that covers much of the East Coast of the United States in the Judge Dredd comics. Beyond the flying cars, towering builds and maze of roadways, we can see the Statue of Liberty standing on what was once Ellis Island. The image is titled “Democracy March,” a reference to the 1990 storyline “America,” one of the most beloved tales from the Judge Dredd series.
The second image shows the underground slums of Mega-City One, where most crime takes place and the Judges are needed most. In the background is what looks to be the city’s law enforcement coming in to declare the judgment. The title references “Low Life,” a spinoff of the main title that tells the story of other Judges as they keep order around the city.
Producer Jason Kingsley previously acknowledged that Judge Dredd: Mega-City One will focus on interconnected, long-form storytelling around other characters besides Dredd himself. The use of the titles in the images may hint at either an ensemble cast or an anthology approach to the series.
Karl Urban, who played the title character in the 2012 Dredd film, is in talks to reprise his role for the planned TV series. The film was a commercial failure, but Urban’s portrayal of Judge Dredd earned praise from fans of the comics.
Created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra, Judge Dredd was introduced in 1977 in the second issue of the long-running British comics magazine 2000 AD. The character gained popularity, and notoriety, for its over-the-top violence and commentary on authoritarianism and police states.
Kingsley previously estimated that we could be at least two years away from seeing Judge Dredd on television.
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