Mel Gibson isn’t exactly known for his tact these days, and it doesn’t exactly seem like he’s chilling out anytime soon. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor/director sounded off rather strongly on the superhero genre, particularly against this year’s DC Films blockbuster, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
“[I]t’s a piece of shit. I’m not interested in the stuff,” Gibson told EW while discussing the modest budget of his upcoming film, “Hacksaw Ridge.” “Do you know what the difference between real superheroes and comic book superheroes is? Real superheroes didn’t wear spandex. So I don’t know. Spandex must cost a lot.”
Gibson referenced the costs when talking about the decision to film his new movie entirely in Australia, where monetary conversions allowed to him to do more with less.
“I look at them and scratch my head,” he said, referring to the superhero films. “I’m really baffled by it. I think there’s a lot of waste, but maybe if I did one of those things with the green screens I’d find out different,” he said. “It seems to me that you could do it for less… You’re spending outrageous amounts of money, $180 million or more, I don’t know how you make it back after the tax man gets you, and after you give half to the exhibitors. What did they spend on ‘Batman v Superman’ that they’re admitting to?”
To be more precise, “BvS” actually cost around $250 million to make, but ended up grossing $872.7 million worldwide, so that large investment appears to have paid off. Then again, Gibson still holds the record for the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time with 2004’s “The Passion of the Christ,” so maybe he knows what he’s talking about, too. Audiences can choose which they prefer by picking up “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” on Blu-ray and DVD now, and seeing “Hacksaw Ridge” when it hits theaters on November 4.
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