Chris Rock is a Saturday Night Live alumnus, one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time, and the director of a few very good movies, including 2014’s autobiographical Top Five. J.J. Abrams is the acclaimed writer-director-producer behind Alias, LOST, Mission: Impossible III, the Cloverfield franchise, the current Star Trek reboot, and a little thing called Star Wars - Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Put them in a room, and you can only imagine where the conversation may go.
"Can you make Fantastic Four?" Rock asked Abrams in a sit-down at New York City’s annual Tribeca Film Festival. "WHY DO THEY KEEP FUCKING UP FANTASTIC FOUR."
OK, maybe you couldn’t imagine this conversation.
Rock’s interview with Abrams began as a half-serious chronicle through the power player’s life’s work ("You are now the most famous J.J. ... you stole that shit from a black man -- Jimmie J.J. Walker!") and ended in a barrage of nerd-level questions. It’s clear Rock admires Abrams show business vitality and versatility, and vice versa, but after dredging up well-documented stories on the creation of LOST and working with Tom Cruise on the M:I franchise, Rock was hankering for hilarious revelations. So he turned to his own burning questions, and a few supplied by his nerdy brother. Enter, Fantastic Four, a Marvel comic property Rock’s dying to see Abrams (or himself) rejuvenate. And then enter Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which Rock would like to never think about again.
"Have you seen this Superman-Batman shit?" Rock rhetorically asked Abrams. "What the fuck was that? Superman can't fight someone who drives a car!"" Neither man could explain why Superman would resist super-punching his adversary and end all the shenanigans. Neither man bothered to work it out.