Joel Schumacher, Director of ‘The Lost Boys’ and Batman Films, Dies Aged 80

Joel Schumacher, who went from costume designer to director and directed over 20 feature films, has died at age 80.


The famous director died on New York City on Monday morning after a year-long battle with cancer. He had not been active since 2015, when he directed a couple of House of Cards episodes. Most people will remember him for his work on Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, divisive films that have found their audience and place among DC’s big-screen adventures as years have passed.


Schumacher started out in the show business as a costume designer (The Last of SheilaBlume in LoveSleeper) and eventually wrote screenplays, including 1976’s Sparkle and the 1978 hit Car Wash, and got into directing with telepics such as Virginia Hill and Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill. His first feature was the 1981 sci-fi comedy The Incredible Shrinking Woman.


Aside from his work on the Batman franchise, which was covered a few days ago in an in-depth article, his best-known pictures probably are The Lost Boys, Falling Down, and St. Elmo’s Fire. His filmography will be remembered as one of the most varied and unpredictable in the history of Hollywood.