Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston has the latest development (if a development it is) on the long-in-the-works, long-awaited Judge Dredd reboot: Karl Urban, best known to moviegoers as Doctor McCoy from last year's Star Trek reboot and Eomer from the second and third entries in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings adaptation (Urban also appeared in Pathfinder and Doom, among others), has been offered the lead role as Judge Dredd (first name "Joe").

For those not in the know (or the now), Judge Dredd first appeared more than 30 years ago in the pages of 2000 AD, a British-based, science-fiction oriented weekly comic book anthology. Credit for Judge Dredd belongs to writer/editor Pat Mills, writer John Wagner, and artist Carlos Ezquerra. In a dystopian future, uniformed Street Judges patrol Mega-City-One, dispensing on-the-spot justice, acting as police, judge, jury, and executioner. Dredd rides a cannon-powered, computer-equipped motorcycle, the "Lawmaster" (as opposed to the Lawnmaster, a completely different vehicle used for landscaping), a DNA-coded handgun called, appropriately enough, the "Lawgiver," a pliability inducing baton, and, most iconic of all, a half-helmet that covers his face with the exception of his mouth and jaw.
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