We all have our favorite shows, our favorite actresses and our favorite episodes, those bits of pop culture that we simply don’t want to see updated, upgraded or rebooted.  For a very long time, my metaphorical line in the imaginary pop-culture sand was Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, a formative character in my youth.  And yet, Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot have successfully created a Princess Diana to replace her, not once but twice.  Also, she was in ‘Justice League.’  At least I can still comfort myself by knowing that there will never be another Roddy MacDowell in ‘The Black Hole’, as I firmly believe they’re never gonna remake that thing, leading us to today’s irreplaceable query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has grudgingly accepted Zach Quinto, but still can’t think of Chris Pine as authentically James T. Kirk, asking: What actor or actress would you find the hardest to replace in a reboot or remake?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark has to be the gold standard, but i would’ve loved to have seen different interpretations by different actors (maybe a more “superior,” morally ambiguous take). Not that i minded Downey being Stark from beginning to end, but it feels like with the character dying, that really shut the door on “the continuing adventures of Iron Man”…

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Probably something comedic, because comedic timing and styling can be so uniquely specific to the performer. So with that in mind, I’ll say Mike Meyers as Austin Powers. (If we have to stick to super-hero franchising, then Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool.)

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