Trivia / Judge Dredd

From the comics:

  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: The story Closet got a lot of attention from the British tabloids. Most of them did not do the research, believing it to be a story about Dredd being gay (in reality, he's a Celibate Hero), as opposed to what homosexuality in the 22nd century means for ordinary citizens of Mega City One.
  • Follow the Leader: Garth Ennis and Mark Millar's runs in the 90s upped the violence considerably, consistent with what was going on in American comics at the time.
  • God Does Not Own This World: Dredd was originally conceived by John Wagner (writer) and Carlos Ezquerra (artist), but copyright and publication rights lie with Rebellion (at present). Plenty of other writers regularly write new material, but an unofficial understanding exists that only John Wagner is allowed to alter the status quo.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Or the back issues, rather—four installments of "The Cursed Earth" epic are missing from The Complete Case Files due to a legal dispute over representations of pretty much every fast food chain that existed at the time. The front page of the volume in question hastily sums them up. Thankfully, as "Cursed Earth" is a very episodic story, losing the chapters doesn't hurt its pacing any. Subverted with the upcoming Director's Cut of "The Cursed Earth", which will include the lost chapters.
  • What Could Have Been: The strip was originally conceived as being set 20 Minutes into the Future. Ezquerra's design turned out to be too futuristic, so the strip was given a setting further into the future.

From the film:

  • Creator Backlash:
    • Stallone, as a fan of the comic, isn't happy with how the film turned out, feeling that much potential was wasted; he agreed in hindsight that the helmet should've stayed on as true to the character, and that it should've tried to focus in on one clear story arc as opposed to haphazardly pulling multiple elements from several Dredd stories. However, some of the dumber ideas (such as the infamous kiss with Hershey) were Stallone's.
    • John Wagner wasn't happy with how this film turned out.
  • In My Language, That Sounds Like...: Sylvester Stallone slurring Dredd's catchphrase makes it sound like he's saying "AYAM TELUR!" Which is Malay for 'Chicken Egg'.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Director Danny Cannon. Apparently, Stallone too.
  • Shoot the Money: Despite one of Dredd's most famous traits being that he has never taken off his helmet or shown his face (At least not when he wasn't disguised, injured or bandaged to the point where you can't actually see his face) in the more than 30-year history of the comic, the producers were paying for a big name star so Stallone went helmetless about 20 minutes into the movie and stayed that way.
  • Throw It In: Rob Schneider's impression of Stallone on the ship to the penal colony was improvised.
  • Wag the Director: Danny Cannon was apparently not allowed on the set for the post-production reshoots.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Coen Brothers were offered the director's chair but turned it down. They chose to make Fargo instead.
    • There were plans to make this film years earlier, except RoboCop (1987) got made first.
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger was interested in playing Dredd. Of course, he probably would have been a poorer choice than Stallone.
    • Joe Pesci was considered for the role of Fergie.

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