Joel Schumacher, the director notorious for directing ‘Batman & Robin’ and many other movies, passed away in New York City, Monday morning, after a year of battling with cancer. The costume designer-turned-director lived to see 80 years.
Although he wasn’t the likes of Steven Spielberg or Christopher Nolan, the director did direct a lot of mediocre movies and some were even a critical disaster but nonetheless, Schumacher is remembered for the legacy he left behind. Shaping the lives of many who adored the late 80s and 90s era.
His costume designing background came in handy and became a part of his signature. His movies were a fashionable delight to see. Although his passion for fashion backfired immediately in the Batman movies.
The teen vampire tale “The Lost Boys,” the Julia Roberts melodrama “Dying Young,” and a movie which was rather much more commercially and critically successful, the dark satire “Falling Down” starring Michael Douglas, and a pair of thrillers adapted from John Grisham novels, “The Client” and “A Time to Kill.”
All these movies aside, Joel is perhaps well known for his work on Warner Bros’s Batman. After Tim Burton decided to leave the franchise, the studio decided to hire Joel, who was well known at the time for his work on “Falling Down” and many other classics.
The first movie by Schumacher, “Batman Forever,” starring Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman, grossed more than $300 million worldwide. The movie after that is where all the trouble begin, inevitably even ending Schumacher’s deal with Warner Bros.
Unfortunately Schumacher put an end to that with the “clownery” he showcased in “Batman & Robin”. Other then being critically known as the ‘worst’ Batman movie and perhaps even a disgrace to every superhero movie there is, it was a joke. Batman movies didn’t return for the next 8 years, that’s how painfully it had impact the studio.
Years later, in an interview with Vice, Schmaucer felt sorry and addressed it, “Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.
Afterwards his career took a shift and Joel focused on smaller projects. “8mm” starring Nicholas Cage was one of them and being an openly gay man, he once directed “Flawless,” a movie about a homophobic cop who’s suffered a stroke, played by Robert De Niro.
One of his works, “The Phantom of the Opera” even secured academy nominations and after Batman, Schmaucer’s career did hit a low but it never ended.