At the Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend, the multitalented Chris Rock got the chance to chat with J.J. Abrams, and the comedian was not shy about offering his opinion on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Never one to mince his well-timed words, Rock asked Abrams:
“Did you see that Superman Batman shit? What the fuck was that?"
Ever the diplomat, Abrams didn't say a word (probably because he had written a Superman script for a reboot that never happened). Without missing a beat, Rock continued:
"[To Abrams] I can't say anything. They weren't gonna cast me anyway."
So where did Rock find the fundamental flaw with the film?
"Superman can't fight a guy that drives a car! He gets a flat. Like he's going to fight Superman. Needs AAA, but yeah, he can fight Superman. He's got jumper cables, and he's going to fight Superman.”
Rock makes a valid point. While Batman may have the bossest accessories around, he's still technically just a regular guy taking on the Man of Steel.
Rock also voiced his displeasure about the Fantastic Four franchise to Abrams:
"You're a comic book guy. ... Could you direct The Fantastic Four? Can someone save it? I love The Fantastic Four, and they keep fuckin' it up!"
Would Rock himself be willing to take a crack at directing one of the films? No way! He demurred:
"They need somebody better than me."
From the start of the interview, Rock was cracking jokes about being partnered up with the Star Wars director for the panel:
“I make movies occasionally. [To Abrams] You’re a director. I’m not gonna sit here like, ‘Yeah, J.J., you and me! Yep, Star Wars, Pootie Tang…'”