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The most controversial "Batman" films come from him: Director Joel Schumacher is dead

As US industry journals unanimously report, filmmaker Joel Schumacher succumbed to prolonged cancer on June 22nd, 2020 at the age of 80.

Just like we did in the headline of this article, many people still associate the director with the two colorful comic adventures "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin". With these, Schumacher steered the franchise in the cinema after Tim Burton's dark "Batman" films in a wacky direction, which was panned by criticism because of its many getting used to ideas, but is also worshiped by some.

Much more than "just" a "Batman" director

With his very diverse work, Schumacher was so much more than "just" the director of the probably most idiosyncratic "Batman" adaptations after the 60s series about the (not quite so) Dark Knight. He began his career in Hollywood in the 1970s as a costume designer (including for the Woody Allen films "The Sleeper" and "Inner Life") before finally switching to directing.

His film directorial debut “The Incredible Story of Mrs. K” in 1981 was followed by the teen drama “St. Elmo’s Fire ”and the horror comedy“ The Lost Boys ”four and six years later, respectively, two films that still enjoy cult status today.

Promoters of young talent

Schumacher was known early on for helping emerging talents get prominent roles in his films and thus fueling their careers - for example Kiefer Sutherland in “The Lost Boys” and “Flatliners”, Julia Roberts in “Flatliners” and “Decision Off Love ”or Colin Farrell in“ Tigerland ”and“ Don't hang up! ”.

Although Joel Schumacher celebrated success with critics in the 90s with films such as "Falling Down" and the two John Grisham adaptations "The Client" and "The Jury", the "Batman" debacle of his career had a minor one back then Missed a kink.

Nevertheless, he was able to win all sorts of Hollywood celebrities for his work - from Robert De Niro (for "Spotless") and Nicolas Cage ("8mm") to Anthony Hopkins ("Bad Company") and Cate Blanchett ("Die Journalistin") ) to Gerard Butler ("The Phantom of the Opera") and Jim Carrey ("Number 23").

Schumacher's last works

In the past few years, Schumacher had largely withdrawn from the film business. The last feature he directed, the Nicolas Cage thriller “Trespass”, dates back to 2011. In 2013, however, he directed at least two episodes of the first season of “House Of Cards” for the last time.