This has arrived quickly — from surprise announcement to trailer to full release, here’s the 6-episode “bootleg” web series Judge Dredd: Superfiend. The show is from producer Adi Shankar and writing/directing siblings Luis Pelayo Junquera and Enol Junquera. It begins with the youth of the miscreant who grows up to be Judge Snyder, and traces the transformation into Judge Death, a being who considers life to be the ultimate crime. From there, Judge Dredd gets involved, and things get even more messy than they were to begin with. Read More »
Based on this Judge Dredd: Superfiend trailer, I’m totally in for this “unofficial” Judge Dredd animated web series. Dredd and The Grey producer Adi Shankar backed this web series as a “thank you” to fans who’ve supported the film Dredd. I hope those fans can look beyond their desires for a hardcore movie sequel to see that this series might have many of the aspects of the Judge Dredd comics that didn’t make their way into the last film.
In short, Superfiend looks weird and darkly funny. The satire of old 2000AD comics didn’t really squeeze into Dredd, and that film was also missing some of the really bizarre ideas lodged in Mega-City One. This seems to restore some of that spirit. And thanks to animation it can do some things that would play very differently in live-action. Check out the first “sentence” passed by Judge Death to get the idea. Read More »