Batman and Lost Boys director Joel Schumacher dies aged 80

Batman and Lost Boys director Joel Schumacher has died aged 80 after a year-long battle with cancer.

The filmmaker rose to fame after directing three-hit films, the Brat Pack movies St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) and The Lost Boys (1987), and Flatliners (1990).

He later went on to direct the John Grisham adaptations The Client (1994) and A Time to Kill (1996).

Schumacher’s films often divided critics, including his Batman films, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

His adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical Phantom of the Opera in 2004 was nominated for three Academy Awards, as well as three Golden Globes, including best motion picture – musical or comedy.

Schumacher most recently directed two episodes of Netflix’s House of Cards in 2013, before serving as an executive producer on Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors in 2015.

Stars have been paying tribute to Schumacher on social media, with The Lost Boys actor Alex Winter penning: ‘Joel was a creative genius; a master at clothing design, costuming, writing and of course directing.

‘Joel saw something in me as an actor I didn’t see and gave me the confidence and space to pursue it.

‘Unfairly savaged by critics his entire career, his great work will live on.’

Emmy Rossum added: ‘I am in tears learning of Joel Schumacher’s passing. He was a force. He was one of kind. Creative. Intense. Passionate.

‘He played a huge part in the shaping of my life. I don’t have the right words right now.’

In a statement on Monday (22.06.20), a spokesperson confirmed: ‘Filmmaker Joel Schumacher… passed away quietly from cancer this morning after a year-long battle. He will be fondly remembered by his friends and collaborators.’

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