Did You Know: The 1970s Almost Brought Us a 'Spider-Man' Movie Directed by John Carpenter?

Did You Know: The 1970s Almost Brought Us a 'Spider-Man' Movie Directed by John Carpenter?

Nov 01, 2011

So who else watched John Carpenter's Halloween last night? It's become somewhat of a tradition at Movies.com headquarters to watch the iconic horror movie on Halloween, if only because it makes the whole night just that much spookier. This was also the film that introduced the world to John Carpenter, a director who would later go on to bring us other memorable hits like The Thing, Christine, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, and more. What you probably didn't know, however, is that Carpenter almost took on a superhero film in the 1970s, admitting to IFC that folks were interested in hearing his thoughts on stories for two superheroes who are enjoying their own big, splashy franchises as we speak.

"Well, I've thought about it before," he told the site. "Way back in the '70s, I was approached to talk about the story I'd write for a Spider-Man movie. They also talked to me about Batman. I had to think about it, but that was way, way back when. I've gone through various periods with superheroes," he explained. "They work in the right hands, but they don't work in other hands. It's tricky. But any movie is tricky. It's impossible to say, 'This is what you do in any situation.' So yes, I've thought about it and I'm not opposed to it."

Could you imagine what Carpenter's Spider-Man would've looked like in the 1970s? Would it have been as awesome as this?

Unfortunately he didn't delve into what his ideas were at the time, or how close they actually came to moving forward, but there's no doubt in our minds that his version would've been worth talking about, bad or good. These days we wouldn't want to see Carpenter touching some giant superhero franchise unless it's a lesser-known character with horror roots, but we wouldn't necessarily be against him revisiting one of his earlier films.

Speaking of, did the director see the new version of The Thing? "I haven't seen it yet," admitted Carpenter. "I've heard different things from different people, though. . . But you know what? I wish them well. I'll find out for myself when the Academy sends me all the movies at the end of the year to review."

Which movie would you have wanted Carpenter to direct -- Batman or Spider-Man or neither?

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