Joel Schumacher, Director of ‘Lost Boys’ and 2 Batman Films, Dies at 80

Eldis Sula
June 22, 2020 - 3:32 pm
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Joel Schumacher, known for directing films like “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Lost Boys” and Batman films “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin,” died on Monday after a year-long battle with cancer, a representative announced.

He was 80 years old.

A former window dressing and costume designer, Schumacher also directed “Flatliners” (1990) and “Dying Young” (1991), both starring Julia Roberts, “Falling Down” starring Michael Douglas, “8MM” (1999) starring Nicolas Cage, and the John Grisham thrillers “The Client” (1994) and “A Time to Kill” (1996).

In 1985’s “St. Elmo’s Fire,” Schumacher directed a number of young talents including Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and Judd Nelson.

Schumacher also infused in a stronger comic book influence when he directed “Batman Forever” (1995) and “Batman & Robin” (1997), the latter of which was panned by critics. Schumacher since spoke out, saying that he regretted listening to film executives who wanted the films more targeted to kids.

"I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that," he told Vice in 2017.

Before working as a director, Schumacher designed costumes for Woody Allen's “Sleeper” (1973) and Paul Mazursky's “Blume in Love” (1973).

He also wrote screenplays for films like “Sparkle” (1976), “Car Wash” (1976) and “The Wiz” (1978).

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