‘Judge Dredd: Superfiend’ Trailer Is a Really Twisted Animated Throwback
While it's pretty unlikely that we'll be getting an official sequel to 'Dredd,' the world of Mega-City One lives on in animated form thanks in part to 'Dredd' producer Adi Shankar, who backed the new online animated series 'Judge Dredd: Superfiend' as a thank you to fans. This new web series might not be quite what you're expecting, but that's not a bad thing. Fans of the character and his origins should be plenty delighted about the twisted and weird look and tone of this series.
Collider debuted the full trailer for 'Judge Dredd: Superfiend,' along with a two-part statement from Shankar, producer of the 'Dredd' film as well as 'The Grey.' The animated series is more in keeping with the comic book origins of Judge Dredd from '2000AD,' and the format allows for the creators to do some absurd things -- both in action and tone -- that we'll probably never see in a film adaptation of the character. Again, these aren't bad things, and for casual 'Dredd' fans who might not be as familiar with the comics, maybe the new web series is a good launching point.
Read Shankar's statement below, in which he explains his "bootleg universe" (including previous shorts for characters The Punisher and Venom) and compares the series to the MTV animated shows of the '90s. Below that you'll find a full list of episodes.
1. The “Bootleg Universe” is about viewing things through a fresh lens. I wanted to do something that played up the satirical tone of the Judge Dredd comics, an anti-establishment British comic about post apocalyptic America. Furthermore, I’m not going to bootleg my own thing and do it in live action … I’ll save that for Dirty Laundry 2.
2. I personally love cartoons, so I wanted to mimic the look of 90’s MTV, “Ren & Stimpy,” Liquid Television, with a dash of “ReBoot” and juxtapose that with the trademark violence found in everything I have done. When I was younger all of your favorite comic book sci-fi anti-hero characters had an animated series, X-Men: The Animated Series, Ultraforce, WildC.A.T.s, Savage Dragon, and even Youngblood got close … so in that tradition this is Judge Dredd’s foray into ultraviolent kids animation!”
- Episode 1: Judge Sydney
- Episode 2: The Angel Gang
- Episode 3: Judge Death
- Episode 4: Rico & Vienna
- Episode 5: In Death We Trust
- Episode 6: Dredd vs Death