Legendary filmmaker Joel Schumacher passed away on Monday, June 22. According to reports, Schumacher died at his home in New York City, having battled cancer for over a year. He was 80 years old.
Schumacher is known for iconic films like The Lost Boys, St. Elmo’s Fire
and Batman Forever
and Batman & Robin
, among others. Schumacher studied at the New School for Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked in the fashion industry early on, but got into filmmaking shortly thereafter. Schumacher designed costumes and wrote screenplays throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, but his career really took off when he began working with “The Brat Pack.”
With the success of his Brat Pack films, he directed film adaptations of two John Grisham novels in the early 1990s, both of which Grisham publicly praised. After that, he took over for Tim Burton in the thriving Batman