Yesterday we showed off a first look at the upcoming unofficial Dredd sequel Dredd: Superfiend, and the general consensus is that it wasn’t exactly what we expected when we first heard about this project. Not that it won’t be cool, but we just didn’t necessarily anticipate seeing a cartoon. And hot on the heels of that reveal, we now have your first look at these images will look like when they actually start moving around your computer screen.
The brainchild of Dredd producer Adi Shankar, this is not necessarily meant as a follow up, per say, but as something for the fans to have fun with and enjoy while we wait, most likely in vain, for Dredd 2. Despite star Karl Urban’s unending optimism, it’s doubtful we’re ever going to get a proper sequel. Even though Pete Travis’ film has legions of fans that discovered the grim, gritty comic book adaptation on home video, it was a complete and utter failure when it briefly stopped in theaters in September 2012.
So Superfiend is what we’ve got for now, in addition to some comic books that pick up the story (not to mention decades worth of 2000 AD’s comics back log to go through), to keep up occupied, and this looks like it’s going to be some crazy shit. There’s a definite Heavy Metal vibe to this animation, even though it’s only a scant few seconds of action
Superfiend introduces us, or at least those readers not familiar with the comics, to the “Dark Judges,” a group made up of Judge Death, who you see in this clip, Judge Mortis, Judge Fear, and Judge Fire. The group also features the Sisters of Death, Phobia and Nausea, though they were added later and I’m not sure if they’ll appear here. They’re lawmen from a parallel dimension, and when Death decrees that all human is a crime, things are going to get dark and twisted and all kinds of crazy.
This isn’t the first time Shankar has made an unofficial follow up to a comic book movie. He’s also the one behind that pseudo-Punisher short, Dirty Laundry, from a few years ago.
But this is just a quick taste of Superfiend, a teaser for the teaser, if you will. A full teaser, whatever the hell that means (isn’t that just an actual trailer?), is scheduled to show up on Thursday, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for that.
We also now know that Dredd: Superfiend will drop on October 27, so we have that to look forward to just before Halloween.