Batman Film Director Dies at 80

Sad news: Batman director Joel Schumacher dies Credit: Wikipedia

FILM director Joel Schumacher has died of cancer at the age of 80, it was announced this afternoon.

The writer and director, who started out as a costume designer, was best known for St Elmo’s Fire, Lost Boys, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

Schumacher took over from Tim Burton on the Batman franchise and worked with Val Kilmer, Jim Carey, Nicole Kidman and George Clooney on those movies.

Tribute: Nicole Kidman pays tribute to Joel Schumacher

The respected film man had been battling cancer for more than a year before he died.

Schumacher, who was born in Queens in New York in 1939, moved to Los Angeles in 1972 as a Hollywood movies costume designer. He then started screen writing in 1974 and made is directing debut in 1981 with the Incredible Shrinking Woman.

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