He banished bitter memories of the farrago starring Sylvester Stallone back in '95 and now Karl Urban has outlined what he'd like to see in a possible follow-up to last year's Judge Dredd movie.
Urban, who also played ornery country doctor in space, Dr Leonard "Bones" McCoy, in JJ Abrams' two Star Trek movies, told entertainment website IGN that he would love to see the origin story of the stony-faced 22nd Mega City One lawman.
"In the world of Dredd, humanity has given up. There's a dystopian vision of the future. I'd really like to see how it got that way, how the Judges came to be," Urban said.
"To me that's interesting. There's a story, a great comic, it's origins, and that would be the great basis for a movie. Fans are screaming out for a Dark Judges movie. That would be a great one, but you know that's a movie that's going to take a budget.
"If you want to do that, you want to do it right. It's much easier to go out into the desert and try and search for the origins of the Judges than to introduce Judge Death.".
Judge Dredd, a film version of the long-running 200AD comic strip, opened to strong reviews last summer but fared poorly at the box office. It has since taken on a new life on DVD and producer Adi Shankar has said he hopes that we may, at least, be seeing a Dredd short film soon.
"It's been a huge hit on DVD. You know people have discovered the movie after the fact, people have discovered this movie and gone, 'Wait a minute, this is really, really cool.' said Urban. "Unfortunately, a fundamental problem with Dredd was that at the time of its release people didn't know about it.
"There was no awareness of it, and ultimately that hurt the performance of the movie at the cinema. But then word of mouth got around and when it was released on DVD it sold 650 thousand copies in a week!"