Film Director Joel Schumacher Dies At Age 80

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Beloved film director, Joel Schumacher has passed away after a year-long battle with cancer, according to reports. He was 80 years-old. 

Originally a costume designer, Schumacher turned into one of Hollywood's best known directors with memorable films under his belt, including: “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Lost Boys” and “Falling Down,” as well as two “Batman” films.

When Tim Burton left Warner Bros., Schumacher took over directing “Batman Forever,” which starred Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman.

Schumacher’s second and last film in the franchise was 1997’s “Batman and Robin,” with George Clooney as Batman and Arnold Schwarzenegger as villain Mr. Freeze. 

He was nominated for the renowned Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival for the 1993 film "Falling Down."

 

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