We are sad to share that director Joel Schumacher died this morning at the age of 80, after a long battle with cancer. Schumacher was well known in directors circles for his work on St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys, Falling Down, Batman Forever, and Batman and Robin.
Schumacher began his career as a costume designer and eventually decided to redirect his talents into directing. In fact, his personal direction on adapting the famous musical Phantom of the Opera to the big screen garnered three Oscar nominations.
The openly gay Schumacher took his costuming experience to introduce nipples into the costumes of Batman and Robin, which insinuated a hidden homoerotisicm between the two characters. Even George Clooney, who played Batman in Batman and Robin, told Barbara Walters in 2006 that he played the character as gay in Schumacher’s version. He said, “I could have played him straight but I didn’t. I made him gay.”
Other films that Schumacher directed include Bad Company, Veronica Guerin, The Number 23, and Trespass. Schumacher also had the opportunity to direct a few episodes of the Netflix hit House of Cards in 2013.
Joel Schumacher will be missed by the film community, but his movies will live on.