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.
- 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.
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.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: A bunch due to the Ensemble Cast:
- General Radek and the Capitanleutnant plays Judge Griffin.
- Leland Gaunt is Judge Fargo.
- Judge Macgruder also is Sarek's wife
- Ilsa Hayden was once the Empress of China.
- Ian Dury appears in this movie? Wow!
- Junior Angel used to be an unintelligible junkie.
- Ajax is fighting in the block war.
- Judge Silver is Gold Leader.
- 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.
- 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.
From the pinball table:
- Executive Meddling: According to John Trudeau, the Dredd pinball was supposed to store locked pinballs in a ring rotating around Deadworld, then use the robot arm to release them at the start of multiball. Unfortunately, Williams' German distributor refused to carry the game with that feature, due to a (perceived) potential for failure with it. The game was therefore redesigned so the first two locks are registered, and the third/last ball gets diverted to Deadworld for the start of multiball. However, mods for the game have shown up that work perfectly.
- Stillborn Franchise: The "Supergame" concept, which started and ended with this table.