Karl Urban is continuing to do what he can to make it clear that the Dredd movie will be honoring its roots in the comics with the fact that the character will not be seen with his mask off in the movie, though there may be some creative ways to handle things. The $45 million budget movie isn’t set to release until September 2012 but Urban has been making the rounds at times in the last few months talking about wanting to keep it as true to the source material as possible.
“If anyone if familiar with Dredd, over the years there are many times when he removes his helmet but you never fully see his face. This was a construct by the creators because he represents a faceless system of justice and law.
I say this hypothetically. If I went to a movie called Judge Dredd and the lead actor at one point took of his helmet so we could see his full face I would just puke in my popcorn because that’s not Dredd. He is mysterious and enigmatic. We’re doing it right, it’s gonna be harder, grittier and above all faithful to the comic. It’s gonna kick ass.”
[Source: Comic Book Movie]