Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has had its fair share of detractors since it was released in theaters back in March. The backlash against the film was reportedly the cause of reshoots for Suicide Squad, which was also critically maligned but enjoyed comparatively more financial success at the box office.
It may seem like kicking a dead horse when it’s down to pile additional criticism onto Batman V Superman at this point. After all, Warner Bros. seems to have learned from its mistakes and is reportedly planning for Justice League to be significantly lighter in tone. However, that hasn’t stopped one notable Hollywood figure from criticizing the movie.
That figure is Mel Gibson, who spoke to Deadline at the Venice Film Festival while there to promote his latest directorial effort, Hacksaw Ridge. When the subject of summer blockbusters was brought up, Gibson used it as an opportunity to vent his disdain for Batman V Superman, and did not mince words in doing so:
“It’s a piece of s–t. 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.”
Gibson’s penchant for verbal attacks made him something of a pariah in Hollywood after audio leaked of a racist, profanity-laden phone call he made to his ex-wife was leaked to the press. He has mostly laid low since then, but Hacksaw Ridge sees the actor-turned-director returning to promote one of his own movies for the first time since 2006’s Apocalypto. Part of what Gibson is promoting is his ability to turn in a movie on a modest budget, in contrast to the nine-figure summer blockbusters like Batman V Superman:
“The exchange rate for the U.S. dollar was good at the time, and I think we locked in at about 72 cents on the dollar and took a $27 million budget and turned it into a $40 million budget.”
According to Gibson, he doesn’t understand how much money goes into the typical comic book movie, but admits that he might understand a bit more if he were involved with one himself:
“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. 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.”
Gibson supposedly had a chance to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he was offered the role of Odin in the first Thor movie, but he did not accept the offer. Since then, Robert Downey, Jr. has said that he wants Gibson to join the MCU and would do Iron Man 4 if Gibson directed it. There is still a chance for Gibson to join the MCU in some capacity, especially if Hacksaw Ridge puts him back in Hollywood’s good graces. However, it seems pretty unlikely at this point that he will be appearing in one of Warner Bros.’ DC films anytime soon.
Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman solo movie, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.