Batman & Robin Movie Director Joel Schumacher Dies

The director of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin was 80.

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Joel Schumacher, the director behind films like The Lost Boys and St. Elmo's Fire and two Batman movies, has died at 80. The news of his passing comes from Variety, which reports he succumbed to a year-long battle with cancer on Monday.

He is likely best-known for his movies about the Caped Crusader, 1995's Batman Forever and 1997's Batman & Robin. He took over directing duties from Tim Burton, who helmed Batman and Batman Returns. During his tenure, both Val Kilmer and George Clooney portrayed Bruce Wayne/Batman. Schumacher's Batman movies leaned heavily on camp, rather than the dark gothic version of the Dark Knight that Burton brought to the screen.

Schumacher didn't start his filmmaking career as a director. Instead, he first worked as a costume designer after attending Parsons the New School for Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. His directorial debut was 1981's The Incredible Shrinking Woman, starring Lily Tomlin and Charles Grodin.

Among the other notable films directed by Schumacher are 8mm, A Time to Kill, The Client, Flatliners, and the 2004 adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum. He also directed two episodes of Netflix's House of Cards. His most recent film was 2011's Trespass starring Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage.

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I am sorry but Joel Schumacher was a decent director at best. His earliest directiorial outings were his best. St. Elmoes Fire, and Lost Boys, of note. He had great relationships in Hollywood, great connections, and really knew how to play the the game --Hollywood. His two films of Grisham novels The client, Time to Kill, where he directed, were good but based on the novels, could have been done much better.

IF you follow reviews of movies that he directed, he became quick to follow the 'accountant list of demands', editing with a axe to shorten films, removing important story aspects to produce under costs, and the product placement, including actors for name recognition sans talent.

I am not dissing on him at all, St Elmoe's Fire that he helped write, was inspiring as a sophomore directorial outing. I really wish he would have kept to projects he was more personally involved.---- You have three kinds of directors, those obsessed with their own works- George miller, james cameron, those obsessed with the material/ work of art Peter Jackson/ Stephen Spielberg, those obsessed with themselves- J.J. Abrams, Spike Lee, Shyamalan- that make amazing movies.---- And then you need directors/ people to pump out movies like a workman on the clock. Schumacher, Micheal Bay, etc. Who are hired by producers to make a very specific film. Like 1997 Volcano with Tommy lee Jones and Director Mick Jackson. You know it is not going to go far, but you need it to check all the boxes, dot all the I's, cross all the T's and make an estimated amount of money.

Joel Schumacher did know how to navigate Hollywood and that in of itself a valuable talent. But Guillermo del Toro is not calling him up to ask for directorial help on Pan's Labyrinth. He is not the most talented director in the business, and I appreciated some of his works, that you could tell were done with limited budgets like Flatliners and D.C. Cab. His career hits it highpoint in the early 80's, i feel and sold out pretty fast. Still though rest in peace, he has done more then most on the planet and done it respectfully.

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Falling down, RIP

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There is so much a man can tell you, so much he can say

You remain my power, my pleasure, my pain

Baby, to me, you're like a growing addiction that I can't deny

Won't you tell me, is that healthy, baby?

But did you know that when it snows

My eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen?

Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey

Ooh, the more I get of you, the stranger it feels, yeah

Now that your rose is in bloom

A light hits the gloom on the grey

I've been kissed by a rose on the grey

I've been kissed by a rose on the grey

And if I should fall, will it all go away?

I've been kissed by a rose on the grey

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While his Batman movies sucked, he did make some good films. Falling Down is still one of my favorite.

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Those Batman movies werent great, but in retrospect they were a lot of fun. And Batman forever had a killer soundtrack (Dat U2 song FTW).

He had fun with the medium and I enjoyed his stuff. May he rest in peace.

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I'm pretty sure he's not best known for Batman; if anything that's his most infamous work. Let's go with, say, Lost Boys instead.

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Falling Down was a pretty culty one he made as well

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Joel Schumacher made a lot of fun films. You can see on twitter that he made a very positive impact on a lot of people's lives.

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