Mel Gibson is angry. Really angry.
What’s gotten him worked up is the astronomical amounts of money Hollywood throws at making summer blockbusters – specifically superhero movies.
Zack Snyder best look away now, because the Gibson fury was aimed squarely at his recent offering Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
In an interview with Deadline to promote his comeback film Hacksaw Ridge at the Venice Film Festival, Gibson rallied against the type of spandex-clad heroes a world away from his Lethal Weapon hero Martin Riggs.
“I’m not interested in the stuff,” he said. “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.”
He added of the recent spate of superhero flicks: “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.”
Gibson and interviewer Mike Fleming mused on the high budgets for comic book films and how it would be difficult for a studio to make its money back on the investment.
“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?” Gibson said.
And then came the killer blow sign-off: “And it’s a piece of sh*t.”
Somewhere, in a plush mansion in Hollywood, Ben Affleck quietly weeps…