Joel Schumacher, Director of ‘Lost Boys’, two Batman Films, Dies at age 80

Joel Schumacher, Director of ‘Lost Boys’, two Batman Films, Dies at age 80

June 22, 2020 0 By Jeff Fountain

Joel Schumacher, director of some big hits and critical misses through the ’80s and ’90s, has died at 80 after a year-long battle with cancer.

Schumacher’s films, while not always loved by critics and fans alike, used his fashion background to bring style and grit to movies that always seemed to capture part of the era.

Some examples of films that captured said era’s and were critical and/or commercial successes were St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys, Flatliners, Falling Down, and The Client, just to name a few.

However, he will always be famous/infamous for the two Batman movies he directed, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. While Batman Forever brought in 300 million worldwide, it was met with mixed reviews. That was nothing compared to what happened with Batman and Robin, with the now infamous nipples on the costumes worn by both Batman and Robin.

He did not let that stop him from doing what he loved, going on to direct films that got people talking about racism (A Time to Kill), war (Tigerland), and the intriguing Phone Booth, where anti-hero Colin Farrell spent most of the movie in a phone booth.