'Batman Forever' Director JOEL SCHUMACHER Dies At 80
Sad news, Batfans. Director Joel Schumacher has passed away after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 80.
Joel is best known for his work in The Lost Boys, Flatliners and The Phantom of the Opera. He was also the successor to Tim Burton's Batman film franchise in the 90s, working on Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
"Kiss From A Rose" hitmaker Seal shared a touching tribute to Joel via Instagram, performing a stripped down version of the Batman Forever OST.
Jim Carrey, who starred as The Riddler in the 1995 film, also paid tribute to the late director. "Joel Schumacher has passed away. He saw deeper things in me than most and he lived a wonderfully creative and heroic life. I am grateful to have had him as a friend," he wrote.
Joel Schumacher has passed away. He saw deeper things in me than most and he lived a wonderfully creative and heroic life. I am grateful to have had him as a friend. pic.twitter.com/7kOeJ96rL8— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 22, 2020
Other celebrities and fans paid tribute to the Berlin International Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival nominee. Rest easy, Joel.
Sad to hear of the loss of Joel Schumacher. Joel directed THE LOST BOYS, FLATLINERS, BLOOD CREEK, THE NUMBER 23, PHONE BOOTH, 8MM, FALLING DOWN, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and more.— PopHorror (@PopHorrorNews) June 22, 2020
What's your favorite Joel Schumacher film? #RIPJoelSchumacher pic.twitter.com/HmEnG1gHJQ
Me playing a sad sax solo for the memory of Joel Schumacher. RIP pic.twitter.com/5UQJSWgFzK— Christopher Miller (@chrizmillr) June 22, 2020
Joel Schumacher had a hell of a run. Costumes on The Last Of Sheila & Sleeper. Writer of Car Wash & The Wiz. Director of iconic 80's 90's pop hits; St Elmo's Fire, Lost Boys, Flatliners, way too many other smashes to fit here plus the prescient Fallling Down. RIP Sir. Good work! pic.twitter.com/09ASEUJ6WS— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 22, 2020
Along with everything else in his career, Joel Schumacher was the costume designer on The Last Of Shiela. Legend. pic.twitter.com/dWsBCUhZeo— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 22, 2020
#JoelSchumacher was the funniest, chicest, most hilarious director I ever worked with. Once,on set,an actress was complaining about me within earshot; how I was dreadfully over the top (I was)Joel barely looked up from his NYT+said “Oh Honey,no one ever paid to see under the top”— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) June 23, 2020
I’m so saddened by the passing of one of my dearest friends and confidantes, Joel Schumacher. He was sharp, whip smart, witty and wise. He was kind and always had the best advice. He was my favorite dinner guest and someone I love deeply. RIP pic.twitter.com/D6Jz98Fz90— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) June 22, 2020
Say what you will about his body of work, but Joel Schumacher knew how to craft grand spectacle as a director. The sets and cinematography of Phantom of the Opera were jaw-droppingly extravagant, & Batman Forever had a creative use of color. He will be missed. #RIPJoelSchumacher pic.twitter.com/zF4qK39fwA— Kevin Allen (@KevoCuervo) June 23, 2020
Rip Joel Schumacher. Falling Down was the shit pic.twitter.com/N0cWIi2oVl— Chaos (@tsar_liberator) June 22, 2020