Joel Schumacher, Director of ‘The Lost Boys’, ‘Falling Down’ and Batman Films, Dies at 80

Some sad news to report with the death of filmmaker Joel Schumacher.

The director, whose many credits include The Lost Boys, Falling Down, Flatliners, and two Batman films, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, has passed away at the age of 80. Schumacher’s publicists said he had sadly lost a yearlong battle with cancer.

With a resume that went from TV movies, to music videos, to big Hollywood blockbusters, Schumacher had long been established as a renowned filmmaker that was able to traverse various genres and formats. He was also considered by many in the industry to be among the most charming, reportedly elevating the moods on set with his warm demeanour.

Among the New York-born filmmaker’s list of directed films: St Elmo’s FireThe Client, A Time to Kill, 8MM, Tigerland, Phone Booth and The Phantom of the Opera. His final credits as director were for helming two episodes of Netflix’s acclaimed political-thriller series House of Cards.

Schumacher also had screenwriting credits including St Elmo’s Fire, Flawless and The Phantom of the Opera, and even worked as a costume designer in the ’70s – Woody Allen’s 1978 film Interiors among his credits there.

Here are some of the reactions coming from industry names, such as Jim Carrey and Kevin Smith:



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