Legendary Director Joel Schumacher Dies At 80

Joel Schumacher (left) and Gerard Butler promoting Phantom Of The Opera (Alamy Stock)

Filmmaker Joel Schumacher has died at 80 after a year-long battle with cancer, the ABC reports.

Schumacher, who was openly gay, was known for being honest and candid about his life – from his drug addictions, to his many sexual encounters.

His career began dressing department store windows before becoming a costume designer for Woody Allen in the 1970s.

Schumacher turned to directing and made a name for himself with St Elmo’s Fire (1985). He went on to direct The Lost Boys (1987), Flatliners (1990), The Client (1994), Falling Down (1993), A Time To Kill (1996), and two Batman franchises in the mid 1990s.   

Lost Boys (1987)

Most recently, he directed two episodes of Netflix’s House Of Cards in 2013.

Batman and Robin (1995)
Tigerland (2000)
PHONEbooth (2003)

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