Here's his full conversation Gibson had with Deadline from just a few months ago, in November 2016:
DEADLINE: What do you think when you read about all of these big summer movies that cost $200 million and up? Do they have to be that expensive?
GIBSON: I don’t believe so. 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. I don’t know. Maybe they do cost that much. I don’t know. It seems to me that you could do it for less.
DEADLINE: If you hit, the rewards can be enormous, but you’ve got to make a lot of money to just break even.
GIBSON: That’s the game, isn’t it?
DEADLINE: Is it a good game though?
GIBSON: Wow, I mean if 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?
DEADLINE: I want to say $250 million. Then you’ve got marketing.
GIBSON: And it’s a piece of shit.
DEADLINE: Well it was self-serious and it wasn’t fun at all.
GIBSON: 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.
So Gibson said BATMAN V. SUPERMAN was shit and now Warner Bros. wants him to direct a big budget superhero sequel? Let's just all agree that he is a very talented director, but the studio's interest in him helming SUICIDE SQUAD 2 is really weird, too.
Sure, people can change their minds over time and he may have really liked SUICIDE SQUAD more than BvS — and we have to give Gibson the benefit here since we don't have a quote from him about it — but that doesn't make any of this less weird since he was talking smack at a Warner Bros. superhero movie.
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