To say that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ended up being a critical letdown, would be an understatement to say the least, all the while managing to do well at the box office, but still bringing a total gross much, much lower than expectations and predictions had estimated. The film’s detractors aren’t just fans either it seems though, with Mel Gibson, who is poised for a comeback this year with his next directed feature film, Hacksaw Ridge, recently voicing his true feelings for the film.
While appearing at the Venice Film Festival this week (via Deadline), following the world premiere of Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson spoke briefly about Hollywood budgets nowadays, and why he believes that investing over $200 million dollars are fairly ridiculous.
“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. What did they spend on Batman v Superman that they’re admitting to?”
Then, when Deadline‘s Mike Fleming Jr. noted that Batman v Superman was made for around $250 million, Gibson continued:
“And 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. So I don’t know. Spandex must cost a lot.”
Currently, Gibson has been receiving rave reviews for Hacksaw Ridge, the new film based on the life and war time experiences of Desmond Doss, a pacifist who refused to carry any guns into battle during the second World War. Made for only about $40 million, the film looks visually breathtaking and considering some of the shotty CGI that can be seen in films like Batman v Superman, Gibson has a bit of a point now.
The increasing focus on mega-blockbusters has been a point of concern for some in the industry for years now though, and as long as some of the big gambles continue to yield big rewards, I doubt that we’ll see much change any time soon. At the same time though, after this summer marked a major low point for blockbusters and sequels, it’s possible the tide could be moving back into a more balanced direction. Hopefully.
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