We know that, once upon a time, Howard Stern was in consideration for the role of Scarecrow in the follow-up to Batman & Robin that never materialized. But Stern’s roots in comic book films goes even deeper than that. During a recent interview with Ant-Man star Paul Rudd, the radio and TV personality divulged a quick anecdote about a meeting he had with Marvel 15 years ago.
“I was a huge Ant-Man [fan]. In fact, I was telling Robin [Quivers] earlier in the morning, about 15 years ago I had a meeting with Marvel. I tried to buy the rights to Ant-Man because I said that’s a cool franchise. I really tried, and I met with some of their dudes.”
That right. Stern almost bought the rights to Ant-Man. It’s unclear if he was going to just produce it or create it as a vehicle for himself, but it just goes to show you that Stern is a bit of a visionary. Ant-Man is the 12th Marvel film to open at No. 1, and it hauled in almost $60 million in its opening weekend. What would an Ant-Man film look like with Howard Stern at the wheel? Just picture Baba Booey as Yellowjacket.