Joel Schumacher, Batman Director, Passes Away at 80
Director and screenwriter, Joel Schumacher, has passed away at the age of 80 after a year-long battle with cancer.
Schumacher’s career began as a screenwriter and costume designer, before he transitioned into directing. His career as a director spanned many films, including St. Elmo’s Fire and Phantom of the Opera, but is perhaps most widely-known for his work in the Batman films.
Schumacher came on after Tim Burton’s two films, directing Batman Forever and its sequel, Batman & Robin. Both films brought a colorful aesthetic to the visuals in both his films, as well as a more campy vibe. Unfortunately, neither film is regarded very well and Batman & Robin is often viewed as the low point for the franchise before Christopher Nolan’s trilogy brought them back to popularity.