"I didn't want to make Superman. Paramount wanted it. They called me over and asked why I didn't want to make it. I told them because it was too expensive, they wouldn't make any money back on it. The average short cost nine or ten thousand dollars, some ran up to fifteen: they varied. I couldn't figure how to make Superman look right without spending a lot of money. I told them they'd have to spend $90,000 on each one....They spent the $90,000.note But [the films] were great."