What would a Ron Howard directed version of “Batman” or “Spider-Man” look like? We may never know, but both could have been a reality.
The Oscar winning director told Bill Mahr on this week’s episode of “Real Time” that he had been approached at one time about helming films for both franchises.
“I had a chance at ‘Batman’ years ago, and ‘Spider-Man,’” said Howard when asked if there were any films he had the opportunity to make.
However, before we could get to hear more about what Howard might have done with the franchises or why he chose not to pursue them, Mahr cut him off, saying that they wouldn’t be discussed on his show.
“Good for you,” interrupted Maher while Howard explained his decision to pass on the blockbuster superhero films. “Those are comic book movies, and they’re all alike.”
“I hate it when someone says ‘Catwoman’ was a piece of sh–, but ‘Spider-Man’ was genius,” continued Maher. “It’s the same godd— story. I’d much rather watch ‘Catwoman’ because I get to look at Halle Berry the whole movie.”
Shrugging his shoulders, Howard initially seemed to acknowledge that he wasn’t going to budge the curmudgeonly host of the series, but the director eventually piped up as Maher continued his rant against comic book movies.
“Not the ‘Spider-Man’ that my daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard was in,” Howard announced, defending the third “Spider-Man” film. “Don’t we all love that one?”
“They’re all for children,” said Maher.