The critical reception to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is, at this point, well-documented, but that's not stopping actor/director Mel Gibson from coming forward with his own criticism of the movie - and superheroes in general - in unequivocally harsh tones.
"It’s a piece of sh–. 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," Gibson said at a press event for his new film Hackasaw Ridge (via Entertainment Weekly). "So I don’t know. Spandex must cost a lot.”
“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?”
Gibson has yet to appear in a superhero film, though he is a veteran of sci-fi movies, having launched his career with the Mad Max franchise. Robert Downey, Jr. also once stated he would do a fourth Iron Man film if Gibson would direct.
Earlier this year, Gibson himself said he enjoyed both Guardians of the Galaxy and Iron Man.
"Some are good. Some are kind of funny ... Guardians of the Galaxy. Or the first Iron Man," said Gibson. "And some of them are just like retreats. I mean you can watch them do Spider-Man five times ... There is a slight shift in film. But, then again, I think all films are suffering from people not being able to now open them with their name. It’s a different kind of business these days."
In recent years, Gibson has faced legal trouble stemming from a contentious divorce, and anti-semitic comments made to police during a traffic stop.