Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this phenomenal Friday? Ben Affleck battles himself in Batman vs. Daredevil, Conan O'Brien holds auditions for the new Wolverine and Marvel characters get showcased in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue. Plus, McDonald's Minions appear to have a cursing problem and a homemade Jurassic World parody. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
When next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters, Ben Affleck joins a rare group of actors who have played both Marvel and DC characters, such as Ryan Reynolds and Tommy Lee Jones, just to name a few. With that in mind, YouTube user Bill Hood has created a slick parody trailer that pits both of Ben Affleck's superhero characters together in Batman vs. Daredevil. Of course, we never see both characters actually do battle, but it's a nice piece that shows how the right editing can be used to accomplish anything, even bringing two disparate heroes together.
We know that the upcoming Wolverine 3 will be Hugh Jackman's final performance as the beloved title character, and fans have been wondering who could possibly replace the iconic actor. Conan has been airing live from Comic-Con this week, and during Wednesday's broadcast, he revealed some of the "audition tapes" of actors trying out to play Wolverine. Actors of all ages, sizes, and sexes tried out for the role, including Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch, Nick Offerman (who had the Wolverine hair down to perfection), Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Larry King, Michael Sheen, Kristen Schaal and even Betty White.
Marvel Characters Featured In ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue
Every year, ESPN The Magazine puts out a Body Issue, which highlights the physique's of the world's top athletes. This year, the magazine decided to employ the same theme to Marvel superheroes such as Hulk, Ant-Man, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk and more. The ESPN The Magazine piece also includes quotes from Marvel artists along with two different versions of sketches for each character.
McDonald's Minions Toys Have Potty Mouths
Universal's animated spinoff Minions hits theaters today, and the movie has teamed with McDonald's for new toys that come with Happy Meals. One such toy is a "Caveman Minion," which utters a few Minions sayings. Some parents have noticed that this Caveman Minion appears to be saying "What the f--k?" as you can see in the video above. A McDonald's rep claims the toy is actually saying "Para la bukay," "Ha ha ha," and "Eh eh," and offered the following statement about these toys.
"Minions speak 'Minionese,' which is a random combination of many languages and nonsense words and sounds. We're aware of a very small number of customers who have been in touch regarding this toy, and we apologize for any confusion or offense to those who may have interpreted the sounds as anything other than gibberish. The allegation that this toy is saying any offensive phrase is not true. Any perceived similarities to actual English words are purely coincidental."
Jurassic World Homemade Parody Trailer
YouTube user Hozzah2 has put together a humorous parody trailer for Jurassic World, where scenes are recreated side-by-side with the actual trailer. Using hair clips, action figures and other household items, Hozzah2 crafts a rather hilarious video that's certainly worthy of Internet stardom.
Stephen Colbert Addresses a Post-Apocalyptic World
Stephen Colbert has been prepping to take over CBS' The Late Show this fall, releasing a number of bizarre videos over the past few months. Yesterday, the actor ran with the news that the New York Stock Exchange had a blackout for several hours, with a hilarious video where he's seen inside a "bunker," preparing for the impending apocalypse. There's also a nice Mad Max: Fury Road reference as well. Late Show with Stephen Colbert doesn't premiere until September 8, so we'll likely see many more of these hilarious videos throughout the summer.
Star Trek Communicator Bluetooth Handset
For the Star Trek fan who has always wanted a working Communicator, you're finally in luck. The Wand Company will be debuting their Communicator Bluetooth Handset at Comic-Con this week, which fans can pre-order for $149.95, with orders shipping in January. Billed as the "first fully working wireless Communicator," this Bluetooth handset connects to your cell phone, enabling you to answer calls through the iconic communicator, although it isn't clear how you can make a call through this device.
Universal Studios Hollywood's New Jurassic Park Raptor Experience
With the massive popularity of Jurassic World, Universal Studios Hollywood has unveiled a new Jurassic Park Raptor Experience, with the "animal handler" clearly based on Chris Pratt's Owen Grady. After a lot of safety instructions, they actually bring out an impressive "dinosaur" for the fans to see in this seven-minute video.
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