ByBrooke Geller, writer at Creators.co
Movie Pilot staff writer. Dog befriender by day, aspiring shield-maiden by night. twitter.com/brookalus

Conservative Christian filmmaker Mel Gibson has returned from his 10 year directorial hiatus to bring us a fresh film, more controversial opinions, and a questionable new beard.

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Giphy

#HacksawRidge tells the true story of Desmond Doss, who saved 75 of his fellow soldiers in World War II without the use of violence. Ironically, the film Mel Gibson made about him was so violent that mental health counsellors were called in to stand by during a special screening for war veterans.

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It's no secret that Gibson loves a good bit of gore in his movies. Apocalypto was based around a sacrifical Meso-American tribe who counted beheading as a spectator sport the whole family could enjoy, and Passion of the Christ was essentially one long torture scene. Gibson loves violent films — unless they happen to be superhero movies, of course.

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Newmarket Films

'Hacksaw Ridge' Is More Important Than 'Doctor Strange'

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Lionsgate Movies

Allow me to state the obvious: #DoctorStrange is in direct competition with Hacksaw Ridge right now. That might explain Gibson's view that Marvel films are just "violence without conscience:"

“To talk about the violence question, look at any Marvel movie. They’re more violent than anything that I’ve done, but [in my movies,] you give a shit about the characters, which makes it matter more. That’s all I’ll say.”

Good thing Gibson stepped in to tell us all why a movie about a Christian pacifist was so damn gory— he just wants people to care about Desmond Doss! Then again, maybe he's just more of a DC guy?

"It's A Piece Of Shit"

Warner Bros
Warner Bros

Maybe not.

Gibson wasn't too happy to hear about how much money was spent on #Batmanvsuperman. In fact, he seemed to take personal offense to the $250 million budget, concluding that it was "a piece of shit". Why? Because they spent too much money on spandex:

"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."

Gibson may not be the biggest superhero movie fan, but that's no reason to write off a film just for existing in that genre. Or maybe it is, because he's Mel Gibson— and that's definitely not the most absurd thing he's ever said.

Mel Gibson Sure Has A Lot Of Opinions

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Wikimedia Commons

Gibson has admitted to the drink being the cause of a lot of his rants. Like the time he made homophobic remarks in a 1995 interview. Or the time he was pulled over for drink-driving and proceeded to explain to the nice police officer how Jews were responsible for all wars. Oh dear.

Being drunk isn't really a valid excuse for being a bigot. But it might just explain Gibson's most recent bout of opinionated rambling.

Movies Are Getting More Violent

Touchstone Pictures
Touchstone Pictures

It's true that films are becoming increasingly violent. A 2013 study conducted by Ohio State University found that even top-grossing R-rated films had less gun violence than top-grossing PG-13 movies. This number had also tripled since 1985.

Audiences — including children — are becoming more and more desensitized to violent cinema. Filmmakers are having to up the ante to keep up with these new expectations, and Mel Gibson certainly got the memo.

Knowing Mel Gibson, this probably won't be the last scandalous thing out of his mouth. But do you want to know the real crime here? British Andrew Garfield's cringe-worthy Southern accent in Hackshaw Ridge. Yeesh.

What do you think of the violence in Mel Gibson's films?

[Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, The Washington Post, Deadline]