Joel Schumacher, the popular Batman film franchise owner and ‘Missing boys’ died at 80 years of age after a long cancer battle. On Monday in New York, Schumacher died in the same town he was raised and educated.
Schumacher began as a fashion designer in Hollywood, receiving awards for 1972’s “Tell It As It Lies,” Herbert Ross’ “The End of Sheila” (1973), Paul Mazursky’s “Blume in Lust” (1973), Woody Allen’s “Sleeper” (1973) and “Interiors” (1978) and Neil Simon’s 1975 adaptation “The Prisoner of Second Avenue.” He was also credited as production manager for the 1974 TV horror movie “Monster Bees.”
Tim Burton left Warner Bros and began directing the “Batman” franchise.
His first batman film, “Batman forever’,’ starring Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, and Nicole Kidman, grossed over $300 million worldwide. His last Franchise movie was 1997’s “Batman and Robin” with George Clooney as Batman and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr Freeze as the villain.
Although he studied the New School for Design at Parsons and the New York Fashion Institute of Technology and worked in the fashion industry, he is better known for his work in the film industry. For the movies he directed like the Batman franchise, The Opera Phantom, Lost People, St. Elmo’s Fire and some House of Cards series, he will still be remembered.