* AcclaimedFlop: Reviews were really positive, [[http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=dredd.htm yet it only made a little over half the budget]].
* ActorAllusion: Cassandra sports an almost identical haircut as Jeena from ''WesternAnimation/GoodVibes'', who was voiced by Thirlby.
* CultClassic: Since its DVD release, it got a bigger following, a sequel petition and won out in Amazon's March Movie Madness poll in 2014, [[DarkHorseVictory beating out such films as]] ''Film/PulpFiction'', ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' and ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* DevelopmentHell: Went through this after the unsuccessful Stallone film.
* DoingItForTheArt: Karl Urban is a fan of the comics and actually defied the director during the filming, refusing to film a scene where Dredd would have taken his helmet off and show his face (something that is widely considered CanonDefilement by fans).
* DuelingMovies: Avoided, or at least the "dueling" part. Though released within months of ''[[Film/TheRaid The Raid: Redemption]]'', which shares an similar plot, ''The Raid'''s small release prevented most of the world noticing, and as ''Dredd'' was in production for years before ''The Raid'' came out, it was largely shrugged off as a coincidence. It also probably didn't hurt that ''Dredd'' (in concept, at least) is already based on a long-running and well-known franchise that involves similar concepts and themes to begin with.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Pete Travis was fired in post-production over delivering a film with not enough action and Alex Garland took his place in reshoots. Travis was later rehired and he and Garland delivered the final cut together.
* FakeAmerican: Despite all of its problems, Mega City One is clearly an attractive destination for immigrants.
** New Zealander Creator/KarlUrban as Dredd
** Englishwoman Creator/LenaHeadey as Ma-Ma
** Welsh actress Rakie Ayole as the Chief Judge.
** Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson as the Clan Techie.
* FanNickname: [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Dark Helmet]] is Dredd (the large size of Dredd's helmet has caused this joke to be used quite often).
* FandomNod: There are nods to Official 2000AD message board members:
** Commando Forces whose name appears on a news ticker.
** Goaty whose name pops up as graffiti inside the Peach Tress building.
** Joe Soap and his forum avatar on a flyover at the beginning chase scene.
** [=MichaelVK=] on a surveillance drone credited as "Michael Vee-Kay"
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** For starters [[Film/StarTrek McCoy]] or [[Film/LordOfTheRings Éomer]] is Dredd.
** [[{{Juno}} Leah]] is Anderson.
** And [[Series/GameOfThrones Cersei]] is Ma-Ma.
** So this is what [[Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles Sarah Connor]] has been up to since John went to the future...
** [[Film/HarryPotter Bill Weasley]] is Peach Tree's techie expert.
** [[Series/TheWire Avon Barksdale]] is Kay, the perp Dredd and Anderson capture. Moreover, the criminal enterprise (a drug ring running out of high rise slums) is exactly how Barksdale rose to power on that show.
** [[Film/{{District 9}} Christopher Johnson]] is a perp being chased after at the beginning.
** [[GenerationKill Sergeant Lovell]] is on the take.
* HeyItsThatVoice: In the Japanese dub:
** [[KeijiFujiwara Dredd]] is [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ali Al-Saachez]], [[Anime/TigerAndBunny Jake Martinez]] and [[Manga/CrayonShinChan Hiroshi Nohara]]
** [[AyumiFujimura Anderson]] is [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Ibuki]], [[Anime/KillLaKill Mataro Mankanshoku, Rei Hou'oumaru]] and [[Anime/MusouKakyouASummerDaysDream Aya Shameimaru]].
** [[ReiIgarashi Ma-Ma]] is [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Precia Testarossa]].
* PromotedFanboy: Alex Garland and Karl Urban are big fans of comics including ''TwoThousandAD'' and ''ComicBook/{{Judge Dredd}}''.
* RecursiveAdaptation: Ma-Ma's origin story was published in the ''Judge Dredd Megazine'' when the film came out and a year later, a sequel series was published with another on the way.
* VindicatedByCable: The film failed to recoup its production budget in its theatrical run, however it sold very well on DVD.
* ViralMarketing:
** [[http://www.dreddreport.com/ The Dredd Report]], which links to real-world news articles adjusted to have Dredd-inspired headlines, where the audience can also find [[http://www.dreddreport.com/external/peachtree/block.html Peach Trees News]].
** And [[http://www.saynotoslomo.com Say No to Slo Mo]], an InUniverse version of the RealLife "Just say no to drugs" campaign in the US during TheEighties.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Duncan Jones (director of ''Film/{{Moon}}'' and ''Film/SourceCode'') was offered the film, but turned it down, not because he didn't like Garland's script (Jones said it was great), but because he had such a strong idea of what he wanted to do with a Dredd movie, that he felt he could not bring himself to take it on and not do it his way.
** There were three treatments that Alex Garland wrote before settling for the present story. The first treatment - the Dark Judges treatment features the encounter between Dredd and a rival judge by the name of Judge Death. However, Garland abandoned it after a year's work and 16 drafts on the story admitting that he couldn't crack much on that storyline. The second treatment is related to the Dredd and Cursed Earth storyline but was abandoned for the similar reason. The third treatment was an adaptation of the pro-democracy terrorists attacking the judges storyline but Garland felt that story and his ideas towards it were too grandiose in nature but stated that treatment would have been the third part of a trilogy, if there would be one. The final script that he wrote was based one of the punchier short stories in the vein of cop movies e.g TrainingDay. John Wagner described the script as correcting the mistake in the Stallone-starred version that was being too sweeping.
* WordOfGod: Alex Garland himself joined the 2000AD forums to get to know the fans [[http://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php/topic,36741.0.html and even answered questions from them.]]

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