Eccentric director Joel Schumacher has died, said a CBS8 report.
He was 80.
Schumacher was known as an eclectic and brazen filmmaker.
He had dressed New York department store windows before shepherding the Brat Pack to the big screen in “St. Elmo’s Fire.”
Schumacher also steered the Batman franchise into its most baroque territory in “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin.”
A representative for Schumacher said the filmmaker died Monday in New York after a yearlong battle with cancer.
He is a native New Yorker.
Schumacher was first a sensation in the fashion world after attending Parsons School of Design and decorating Henri Bendel’s windows.
His entry to film came first, as a costume designer, said the report.
Among his many credits were:
He dressed a pair of Woody Allen movies in the 1970s: “Interiors” and “Sleeper.”
He also penned the screenplays to a pair of musicals: “The Wiz” and “Sparkle.”
As a director, he got a string of mainstream films in the ‘80s and ’90s.
His is credited for the “bat nipple” in his Batman movie adaptation.
Batman exploits (2nd title)
Schumacher replaced Tim Burton as the director of the Batman film franchise and directed Batman Forever in 1995.
Actor Val Kilmer replaced Michael Keaton in the titular role.
It scored the highest-grossing opening weekend of 1995.
Which lead to Schumacher directing a new bat movie.
Warner Bros. hired Schumacher to direct a sequel, Batman & Robin, in 1997.
However, it does not perform as much and received panning from critics.
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