Yeah, yeah. We all know. While anticipation was high for Batman v Superman, a good percentage of critics and general filmgoers were more than a little disappointed with the product that ended up on the big screen. Even actor Jeremy Irons spoke out against how terribly convoluted the script for the movie was. While the Ultimate Edition, in my opinion, solved a good portion of the problem for me, there is no scrubbing off the stink that it left in a lot of fans’ mouths.
The quality of the film isn’t something that was lost on other directors — most notably that of Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson. The man has never been one to mince words, and in an interview with Deadline, he keeps his record intact when discussing superhero films and Batman v Superman.
“GIBSON: Wow, I mean if youâ€™re spending outrageous amounts of money, $180 million or more, I donâ€™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 theyâ€™re admitting to?
DEADLINE: I want to say $250 million. Then youâ€™ve got marketing.
GIBSON: And itâ€™s a piece of sh*t.
DEADLINE: Well it was self-serious and it wasnâ€™t fun at all.
GIBSON: Iâ€™m not interested in the stuff. Do you know what the difference between real superheroes and comic book superheroes is? Real superheroes didnâ€™t wear spandex. So I donâ€™t know. Spandex must cost a lot.”
While there’s no denying that Mel Gibson is a talented storyteller, his unfamiliarity with the concept of superheroes and comic book movies is certainly showing in this piece, and more than anything he sounds like a typical grumpy old man — one who states everything in superlatives and facts. Though, to his credit, earlier on in the interview, he does admit that his perspective is as an outsider.
“I look at [these $200 million blockbusters] and scratch my head. Iâ€™m really baffled by it. I think thereâ€™s a lot of waste, but maybe if I did one of those things with the green screens Iâ€™d find out different. I donâ€™t know. Maybe they do cost that much. I donâ€™t know. It seems to me that you could do it for less.”
It’s an interesting perspective, when all said and done, but more than anything, it’s made me want to see Gibson tackle a superhero movie. Imagine him taking on…a Lobo movie…now that I’d pay money for.
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