Pete Travis’ Dredd, the 3D adaptation of 2000AD’s Judge Dredd comic, storms theaters on September 21st. In a nod towards the medium where the story originated, a digital comic prequel will be released in August. Now Lionsgate released the first look at the cover.
The hand-drawn cover by Greg Staples (Hellboy, Thor) is in line with the look and feel of the impending movie, namely that it prominently features star Karl Urban’s clenched man-jaw and a big-ass gun. The prequel is written by 2000AD editor Matt Smith, and the character Ma-Ma, played in the film by Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), will make her first appearance in the comic version of Judge Dredd.
In the post-atomic universe of Dredd, the world is a wasteland occupied by a few mammoth urban centers. Mega City One, one of these sprawling metropolises, stretches down the eastern seaboard from Boston to Washington D.C.. On the crime-infested streets a group of law-enforcement officers called Judges serve as the entire legal system embodied in a single person. They’re judge (duh), jury, and executioner rolled into one. Judge Dredd (Urban) is a notoriously violent and brutal member of this fraternity. With his rookie partner, the psychic Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), in tow, he must invade the 200-story high-rise slum held by Ma-Ma, a former prostitute turned drug mogul.
One thing is certain: Dredd promises to be a more faithful adaptation of the acclaimed, famously gritty comic created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra than the 1995 Sylvester Stallone attempt.