Joel Schumacher
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Sayles/AP/Shutterstock (6331384e) Joel Schumacher Joel Schumacher, director of the upcoming film “Twelve”, poses for a portrait in Las Vegas on Film Twelve Portraits, Las Vegas, USA

Joel Schumacher, director of films like The Lost Boys, Batman Forever, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Falling Down died today. He was 80. After a yearlong battle with cancer, the director died Monday morning according to his reps. Schumacher was a visionary director that led with poise and style.

He was given the unenviable task of following up on Tim Burton’s stint in the Batman films. It was a task that only the costume designer turned director could have done. The first film, Batman Forever was a successful affair that grossed over $300 million at the box office. The second film Batman And Robin was also a successful film but had some fan backlash, but is seen as a fun, silly, superhero film now.

Schumacher was openly gay and it showed in some of his directing choices. In Batman And Robin he added more to the sexuality between Batman and Robin in that film.

His Career Will Live On Forever

Joel Schumacher

Films like St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys, and Falling Down are among my favorites of all-time. The Lost Boys continued the trend in the 80’s of horror comedy films but did it in a stylish and inventive way. I mean, just go re-watch that movie. It’s quotable, it’s a great snapshot of the time, and it works just as well today, as it did then.

Schumacher reached his apex, with Falling Down. The role that Michael Douglas says was the best of his career, it showed just how great everyone involved in the production could be. It’s a movie that might have slipped through the cracks for modern audiences, but it tells a story that’s ageless. That seems to be an overarching story across his great films. They’re timeless classics that you can show to any generation. That’s what shows how influential or great a director is. You can crap on him for making Batman and Robin or some of the other films in his filmography. But I measure someone by the good that they do, not the crap. Joel Schumacher directed some of the finest films of our time, and he deserves to rest in peace.

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