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Joel Schumacher dead: Batman Forever and The Lost Boys director dies aged 80 After Battling with Cancer

Film director Joel Schumacher has died at the age of 80.

Variety reports that the film mogul died in New York following a year-long battle with cancer.

He was behind hit movies including The Lost Boys, St. Elmo's Fire and Flatliners.

Though Schumacher is best known for taking over from Tim Burton as director of the Batman franchise in the 90s.

He worked with Val Kilmer, Jim Carey and Nicole Kidman on BatmanForever in 1995 which went on to gross more than $300million worldwide.

This was quickly followed up with 1997's Batman & Robin starring George Clooney in the lead role and Arnold Schwarzenegger as villain Mr Freeze.

Unlike it's predecessor, Schumacher's Batman sequel proved unpopular with critics and failed to perform as well as the box office.

"Look I apologise," Schumacher said in 2017. "I want to apologise to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that."

Schumacher earned a reputation of casting up and coming film actors and giving them huge starts in the industry, working with the likes of Farrell, Matthew McConaughey and Keifer Sutherland early on in their careers.

When working on The Lost Boys, Schumacher and casting director Marion Dougherty met with many candidates who mostly had little to no experience when they got called up for the job.

Schumacher later called it 'one of the greatest casts in the world'. "They are what make the film," he said.


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