Ant-Man Was Almost Made By Howard Stern

Marvel’s Ant-Man finally hit theaters this past weekend, but it turns out they weren’t the first looking to translate the character to the big screen.

Ant-Man star Paul Rudd was a guest on this morning’s episode of Stern’s radio show. Stern revealed that he was once in talks with Marvel to buy the film rights to the character from Marvel.

"I was a huge Ant-Man [fan]," Howard told Rudd (via HitFix). "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."

A version of Ant-Man with Stern producing (or maybe starring?) certainly would have been interesting to see.

Stern was also rumored to be in consideration to play the Scarecrow in Joel Schumacher’s third Batman movie, before the entire film was scrapped.

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