The controversial Australian actor/director made his views clear on big budget films, and questioned whether the millions spent on the likes of the superhero movie starring Ben Affleck is warranted.

The Braveheart star gave his opinion on the successful superhero movie genre, as part of a wide-ranging interview that discussed his new film, Hacksaw Ridge which stars British actor Andrew Garfield, who previously played Spider-Man.

When asked if he believed the $200 million (£150 million) plus budgets spent on these movies were justified, the 60-year-old Passion of the Christ director told website Deadline: "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."

After discovering it cost $250 million (£190 million) to make Batman v Superman Mel scoffed: "And it’s a piece of s**t. I'm not interested in the stuff. Do you know 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 is currently tipped for a stunning comeback following several scandals which almost derailed his career. The actor returned to the director's chair for his World War II movie Hacksaw Ridge which premiered at the Venice Film Festival at the weekend (ending04Sep).

The $55 million (£41 million) movie which stars Garfield as Desmond Doss, the first Conscientious Objector to receive the Medal of Honor, won rave reviews and a 10 minute standing ovation at the prestigious film event.