Just days after receiving a 10 minute standing ovation for his new film “Hacksaw Ridge” at the Venice Film Festival, Mel Gibson is turning heads by taking his fellow filmmakers to task. Gibson took a jab at the outrageous cost of superhero films (and their tight, stretchy costumes) in an interview with Deadline Hollywood.
When discussing the high costs of moviemaking and the struggles most films face to secure funding, the question of the necessity of summer blockbusters’ bloated budgets came up.
“I don’t believe [budgets need to be so high],” Gibson said, “I think there’s a lot of waste.”
Gibson goes on to inquire about the budget for “Batman v Superman,” and upon learning that it was $250 million, Gibson didn’t hold back, remarking, “And it’s a piece of sh*t.”
Then, seeming to refer to the protagonist of ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ army medic and conscientious objector Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), Gibson adds, “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.”
“Hacksaw Ridge” will be released on November 4 by Summit Entertainment.