Of all the crimes perpetrated by the 1995 Stallone-helmed Judge Dredd movie (“Iamthelurgh”), surely the largest portion of fanboy ire was aimed at the removal of his helmet about two scenes in. Dredd of course has never revealed his face across over three decades of comic-book appearances. 2012’s Dredd, however will be different.
“If anyone is familiar with Dredd, over the years there are many times when he removes his helmet but you never fully see his face”, explained Karl Urban, who’ll be taking on the role of the future lawman. “This was a construct by the creators because he represents a faceless system of justice and law. I say this hypothetically. If I went to a movie called Judge Dredd and the lead actor at one point took off his helmet so we could see his full face I would just puke in my popcorn because that’s not Dredd. He is mysterious and enigmatic. We’re doing it right, it’s gonna be harder, grittier and above all faithful to the comic.”