Long before the current Marvel movie craze, an unlikely person tried to make an "Ant-Man" movie happen.

"I was a huge Ant-Man [fan]," Howard told "Ant-Man" star Paul Rudd on this morning's broadcast. "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."

Unclear if this would have been a starring vehicle for Howard or merely a producorial effort on his part, but it's an interesting window into a time when the success of "Private Parts" saw Howard looking to expand his feature-film career. Another comic book film he was once rumored for: the never-to-be third "Batman" film from Joel Schumacher, in which Howard was reportedly considered for the role of Scarecrow.

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.