1:05pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Forget Marvel's 'Ant-Man,' Meet Werner Herzog's Existential Superhero
The switch in directors from Edgar Wright to Peyton Reed might have resulted in a different Ant-Man than people expected, but it could have been far, far more unexpected. What if Werner Herzog had handled the Marvel movie?
A new video from Patrick H. Willems, the director behind "What if Wes Anderson Directed X-Men?," offers a glimpse at the movie that could have been, complete with an impressively philosophical take on what it means to be an Ant-Man — "One man harnesses their power — one man sees through their compound eyes ... but at what cost?" asks the narrator, introducing the hero of the piece — and a distinctly less action-packed take on the concept.
Gone are the fights and the heists, and instead, we see Scott Lang (Jacob Torpey) wandering aimlessly through nature while the voiceover tells us that he "is the realization of what we all know, deep down as homo sapiens — that we are small."
This isn't the first time that Willems has brought his skills to Marvel's miniature superhero; after the release of the first teaser for the movie, he re-cut the trailer to add some extra punch. Clearly, it's a subject close to his heart, much like the idea of famous moviemakers bringing their talents to the superhero genre. Someone needs to get him to work on a real superhero project as soon as possible — especially if he can bring along fake Herzog to narrate.