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[on "Petulia"] I had a contract which I said I had final cut, total artistic control. Once we signed that, I don't think anyone really believed it. I think Warner Brothers were rather surprised with what they'd done. They said something like, "Yes, I know we signed it, but we didn't actually mean it." Too late.
Ironically, he claimed to have never even heard of the Superman character before being hired to work on the films due to comic books not being allowed in his house as a child. This led to many fans and critics suspecting and in some cases accusing Lester of not understanding and therefore not respecting the Superman character, especially judging by the satirical tone and ultimate box office ...
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