The Boys star Karl Urban has responded to a call for him to be replaced as Judge Dredd in typically hilarious fashion via the medium of tweet.
The actor played Judge Dredd in 2012 sci-fi action movie Dredd, based on the Judge Dredd comic, but has not played the role again since.
Director Duncan Jones, who is behind films including Moon and Warcraft, has now ignited a tongue-in-cheek war of words about the part, by tweeting a photo of Avengers: Endgame actor Josh Brolin and writing "Judge Dredd. Fight me".
He then added: "By 'fight me,' I obviously meant let's discuss in a friendly and good humored manner" before tagging Urban.
Urban gave back as good as he got though, simply tweeting a screengrab of Jones' Warcraft poster alongside its 28% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Ouch.
Jones responded with "You win", alongside a knockout GIF.
Urban clearly has Dredd on his mind as he recently spoke about his potential involvement in Jason Kingsley's upcoming Judge Dredd TV series.
"I've gone on the record before saying that I would love to come back and be a part of that world and tell more Dredd stories," he said. "There is just a plethora of great, great stories within the Judge Dredd universe."
Jones' next directing project is Rogue Trooper, based on a comic which is part of the same series as Judge Dredd 2000 AD. It follows the adventures of Rogue, a genetically engineered, blue-skinned, super soldier who is searching for the Traitor General.
Whether the character of Judge Dredd will feature remains to be seen but if he does make an appearance, there could be a bit of a battle for the role if these tweets are anything to go by.
In the meantime, Urban can be seen in season two of Amazon Prime Video series The Boys as Billy Butcher, as his long-standing hatred for questionable 'superhero' Homelander (Antony Starr) takes another twist in the latest episodes.
The Boys season two dropped on Amazon Prime Video on September 4 with episodes 1-3, and will continue weekly from September 11. The show's first season is available to stream now.
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