Hello, and welcome to another astoundingly cheeky edition of Ask the Bastards, the weekly feature where we answer crazy questions that you people dared to ask us. This week we’re talking remakes, the best version of the Hulk, Yoshi, Dredd and which Nerd Bastard is the best Nerd Bastard.
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Which hulk was better? Avengers or incredible hulk? – Bryan
I like Mark Ruffalo’s performance in The Avengers, and I like how he got to play both Banner and the Hulk (thanks to the miracle of motion capture) in the film. Still, what I appreciated about The Incredible Hulk was that it went into how Banner copes with being the Hulk: the meditation, the breathing, the heart monitor, even the deleted scenes of therapy with Doc Samson. It’s nearly a draw, but I give the edge to The Incredible Hulk. – Adam A. Donaldson
Avengers, because Ruffalo nailed Banner so very well, and I feel like Whedon understood the Hulk perfectly. I’m watching The Avengers as I type this, and the things Ruffalo’s doing with his posture, with his eyes, they’re astounding me. – Matthew Jackson
What’s your favorite character you don’t like to admit you like? – B.J.
Batzarro, world’s worst detective. Batzarro, as far as I know, has only been in the comics. He should have had some kind of cameo or reference in either of Rocksteady’s Batman games. Not doing so was a lost opportunity, IMO. – Nick Bungay
I’m always happy to admit just about any character is a favorite. I do spend way too much time defending the merits of Aquaman, though. – Matthew Jackson
Super mario world- SNES….. how do i make a blue yoshi? – Tyler
Erotic asphyxiation. – Mark Poynter
Take a little LSD. You’ll be seeing blue, alright… and a whole spectrum of other trippy colors. You’ll hear them as well. Note: DO NOT PLAY Super Mario while on LSD. Unless, of course, you want to die. Then have at thee. –Luke Gallagher
Who on your team is the most awesome? – Cody
Luke, head of Nerd Bastards. Because he gave me, a guy with no professional writing experience, a chance to express my nerdy sensibilities on a daily basis. Three years later, and I’m still having some of the most fun I’ve had on Internet since discovering the humorous world of “Rule 34”. – Nick Bungay
I expect all the NB writers to answer this question accordingly. Feed my ego, they will. – Luke Gallagher
Me. – Jason Tabrys
Wilford Brimley – Matthew Jackson
While the new Star Trek reboot (or whatever you want to call it) has been well received, just how far do you think they should go with it? Would you want to see a new cast take on TNG? – Alex
I was very satisfied with J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. To me, it and The Avengers are the two of the best summer movies to be released in the last five years. Having said that, I think there’s plenty of stories left in the Star Trek universe that we can avoid endless, repetitive remakes of every Star Trek incarnation. I’d hate to be typing here in 30 years about the casting rumors for the Enterprise remake (Justin Bieber as Ambassador Soval?). Having said that, so long as the stories being told are well-written, nuanced, and with a fine dose of sci-fi action and adventure, I’m down for Trek in any incarnation. – Adam A. Donaldson
I agree with Adam. It’s a big universe, and while I’m not necessarily interested in six more adventures following young Kirk and the gang, I am interested in where the Star Trek milieu as a whole will go next. But, even with my love for the new movie universe, I’d like to see a return to TV more than anything else. – Matthew Jackson
How do you think Ant-Man will be when it comes out? am I the only one who thinks its fucking retarded? – Dylan
Of course you think it’s retarded right now, even I think it is, but that’s because we’re basing our opinions on concept alone. On paper, the story of an incredible shrinking man who fights crime is pretty lame. But, a lot of things sound dumb on paper. Think of The Avengers for example (the movie). A Norse god, a metal man, a green monster and an 80 year old virgin team up to save the planet from an alien invasion. Try selling that concept to any non comic-book person and they’ll stare at you blankly! Naturally, The Avengers became the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time, so what does that tell you? Point is, it’s what filmmakers and actors do with the material that matters. And, right now it’s too soon to pass judgement on Ant-Man.
Does Ant-Man really need a solo film? Probably not. Wouldn’t he be better served having a cameo in another film and then be added into Avengers 2? Perhaps. I’ll tell you what, though, the idea of Edgar Wright making a film based on it sounds like it could be awesome. – Luke Gallagher
You’re not the only one who thinks that, but I’ve always had love for Ant-Man, and I’m confident in Edgar Wright’s ability to translate that to the screen. Then again, I’m a comic book fan. I’m used to accepting crazy things. – Matthew Jackson
Do you think that Ghostbusters should be remade and if it were up to you who would you cast in the new film? Also would you agree that there should be a live action Thundercats movie? – Matthew
I’d rather see a transition movie where the reins are handed from the original cast to a younger set of Ghostbusters. Any sequel will probably continue to be stranded in limbo until a couple of the original actors die, then there will be no choice except a reboot. Live Action Thundercats movie? I’d rather see it on Broadway as a musical, just make a couple of changes to the CATS production and your golden. – Mark Poynter
I think what Mark says is bang-on, the remake or part 3 question will be debated till one or two cast members pass on. As for who might be cast in a remake, that’s a tougher question. Those people will be focus grouped until the cows come home, but what I will say is that the reason Murray/Aykroyd/Ramis worked so well together is past experience working with each other whether its Saturday Night Live or Stripes. So chemistry’s definitely a factor. And yes on Thundercats movie, but only if Linkin Park does a cover of the theme song.
I invoke rule 34 on both. –Luke Gallagher
Please let’s not remake that one. Please oh please. Even if I admitted that there’s potential for more fun to be head (and I’m not admitting that now), I don’t want to see it without Bill Murray. As for Thundercats, bring it on. – Matthew jackson
Will you marry me? – Jennifer
As a group? I’m gonna say NO, because I’d probably get stuck doing the laundry while some other NerdBastard gets all the fun kinky duties. – Mark Poynter
Absolutely! Yay bigamy! – Adam A. Donaldson
Depends. Will you love me, feed me and never leave me? – Luke Gallagher
I could totally go for having a sister wife. I’ll have to ask my fiancee first. – Nick Bungay
In the words of the great sonic philosophers of our time: “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly. I don’t think you’re ready… cause my body’s too bootyliscious for ya babe.” Thanks for asking though and please, please stay groovy. – Jason Tabrys
To what do you attribute the bombing of Dredd 3D? – Jan
Surprisingly, I think that the stink of the first Judge Dredd movie is still on it, 17 years later. My local TV entertainment reporter called Dredd 3-D “the remake of the 1995 Sylvester Stallone film,” which if I didn’t know better would probably make me think twice about seeing it. Still, what’s ultimately the attribution is that Judge Dredd is a cult comic from the U.K., so thus only a small base genuinely gets excited about it. Maybe we’re just not as Dredd-crazy as fans hope here in North America. – Adam A. Donaldson
A shocking lack of Rob Schneider. – Jason Tabrys
Adam’s got a lot of the factors right. Even if you don’t read comics, you know who Captain America is, but Dredd is harder for the general moviegoing public to grasp. Add to that a lack of major stars (Urban’s great, but he’s not Robert Downey Jr.) and a sense that this movie was going to be more about darkness and less about Avengers-style fun, and you get underwhelming box office performance. It’s a shame, but no one ever said moviegoers were the smartest of consumers. – Matthew Jackson