Mel Gibson is doing press for his well-received directorial effort Hacksaw Ridge, and during the process, the topic of multimillion-dollar projects, including the superhero genre, happened to come up.
In an interview with Deadline, Gibson was asked if these giant films actually required such massive budgets.
"I don't believe so. 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. I don't know. Maybe they do cost that much. I don't know. It seems to me that you could do it for less."
"Wow, I mean if 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?"
When Gibson was told the budget for Warner Bros. expensive superhero flick, the director balked at the $250 million total, which excludes any marketing the studio paid for. He didn't mince words.
"And it's a piece of s***."
Gibson reasons that the genre as a whole isn't really for him, adding it must be the spandex that costs so much.
"I'm not interested in the stuff. 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."
It should also bear mentioning that "real" heroes also aren't green skinned, don't come from alien planets, and can't crush alien spaceships with their bare hands.