Mel Gibson may be back in the spotlight for his new movie Hacksaw Ridge but his comments about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are also getting attention.
The 60-year-old actor and director shared his confusion for films with overblown budgets in an interview with Deadline.
“I look at them and scratch my head. 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?”
The film’s budget was around $250 million, and despite its successful run at the box office, it didn’t make waves with critics, as echoed by Gibson.
“And it’s a piece of sh–. I’m not interested in the stuff. Do you know 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’s own film, Hacksaw Ridge, follows Desmond Doss, a U.S. Army medic, who refuses to use weapons of war while single-handedly rescuing wounded soldiers from behind enemy lines.
The budget for Hacksaw Ridge was $40 million, about $10 million more than his budget for 2006’s Apocalypto.
The film received a 10-minute standing ovation at its Venice premiere and has generated Oscar buzz.
Hacksaw Ridge premieres in the U.S. on Nov. 4.