News of the latest live-action movie adaptation of the 2000AD “Judge Dredd” comix, Dredd, has been trickling out slowly for the better part of a year. Before now, the best look we’d had of star Karl Urban, as the new Judge Dredd himself, was barely lit, much less fit to be seen. The images of Olivia Thirlby as a rookie Judge and Lena Headey as big bad Ma-Ma were better if only to sate some curiosity about who the actresses were actually playing. But now we’ve actually got something to work with and, in spite of the obvious uptick on rated-R violence, Dredd might just be the most huggable depiction of a decaying urban dystopia we’ve yet seen.
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Here’s Karl Urban in his full Judge Dredd regalia, while practicing the Execution part of his Judge, Jury, and Executioner job description.
I’ll admit, this one doesn’t necessarily meet the definition of “adorable,” much less “adorkable.” Maybe if there were more dead bodies?
I don’t know who this guy is but he seems to be another Judge.
That it looks like he thinks he can take on Mr. Dredd all by his lonesome is precious.
Here’s our first full look at Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson, either blowing out some sap’s brains or being saved by somebody off-screen who’s exceptionally good at taking head shots. (Perchance Dredd, from the first pic?)
Doesn’t she look like just the cutest thing? I’m genuinely surprised the Mega City police force makes body armor in her size.
Judges Dredd and Anderson looking sharp as they take names — er, hopefully there’s still some manner of due process going on here.
The size discrepancy going on here is the height of whatever Zooey Deschanel’s catchphrase means. It’s probably a good idea they didn’t issue Anderson a helmet, because then we’d be looking at a snapshot from Take Your Daughter to Work Day.
You can see the whole adorkable movie starting September 21.
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). As long as Rob Schneider doesn’t have a un-billed cameo in this thing, he’s really looking forward to Dredd.