Authenticity and Judge Dredd on Film
Percival, J. Mark
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Percival, J. M. (2019) Authenticity and Judge Dredd on Film. In: Grant, B. K. & Henderson, S. (eds.) Comics and pop culture: Adaptation from panel to frame. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, pp. 214-231.
What is an “authentic” film adaptation of a comic book? If this question is difficult to answer, consider the questions that must follow: How do we decide what is or is not “authentic” in comics adaptations? Why do the answers to these questions matter, and to whom? If one is to attempt to address these issues in any meaningful way, there must be a clear account of the ways in which the notion of authenticity is constructed and deployed around the production, mediation, and consumption of comic book film adaptations. Authenticity is not an essentialist value that can be associated unambiguously with any cultural artifact or activity. Rather, it is a social construction, a term whose meaning varies according to any given consensus among interest groups in a particular place, in a specific historical context. In this chapter I will explore the ways in which authenticity is constructed and manipulated in the production of two film adaptations of the British cult comic book character Judge Dredd, who first appeared in 1977 in the second issue of the UK weekly science fiction action- adventure anthology comic 2000 AD.