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Mel Gibson Bashes ‘Batman v Superman,’ Calls It a ‘Piece of S–t’

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Mel Gibson attends the premiere of 'Hacksaw Ridge' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on Sept. 4, 2016, in Italy.Venturelli/WireImage

Tell us how you really feel! Mel Gibson slammed Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill’s blockbuster, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, during an interview with Deadline published on Tuesday, September 6.

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“It’s a piece of s–t,” the actor, 60, said during Italy's Venice Film Festival. “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.”

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The film came up while discussing Gibson’s budget for Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the story of World War II hero Desmond T. Doss. The Oscar winner, who directed the upcoming drama that received a standing ovation during its premiere at the festival on Monday night, boasted that his flick was well under Batman v Superman’s budget.

“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,” Gibson said, before bashing movies that cost upwards of $200 million.

“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,” he added. “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.”

According to Forbes, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — which garnered mixed reviews from critics — had a reported budget of $250 million and earned more than $872 million at the box office worldwide.

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Hacksaw Ridge, which stars Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Teresa Palmer, hits theaters November 4. 

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