The movie streets have dropped a million and one hot takes on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice since its release in late March, with many of said takes coming down to one thing: the film earned its 27% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Why is Mel Gibson suddenly dropping the most pedestrian of hot takes about this film in September? Why, because he's got a movie to promote!
Gibson's back in the director's seat for Hacksaw Ridge, a war film based on the true story of Desmond T. Doss, a man who refused to bear arms but ended up winning the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 75 of his comrades in World War II. Doss is played by former Spider-Man Andrew Garfield, and the film recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival. EW reports that Gibson went on a rant about overspending in Hollywood (primarily because he filmed Hacksaw on a modest $55 million budget in Australia, which is peanuts compared to the $250 million price tag of Batman v Superman), and decided to spit some decent ether at the idea of spending over $200 million to make a film, with some well-placed darts thrown at Batman v Superman and superhero films in general.
"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?" He didn't stop there, though, adding that the film was "a piece of shit. 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."
Tell'em why you're really mad, Mel.
This is Mel's first time in the director's chair since 2006's Apocalypto, which was reportedly made for $40 million, raking in almost $121 million at the box office. It's interesting to note that it's not like Gibson hasn't been a part of some pricier affairs; Lethal Weapon 4 is rumored to have cost anywhere from $100 to $150 million to make (depending on who you ask), but he's also from a different era. The cost of CGI and special effects for these massive epics aren't going to go down any time soon (although Deadpool did prove that you don't need a superhero budget to make a superhero profit).
Sadly, with the way Mel is shitting all over the superhero genre, it looks like we might never get Iron Man 4.