Director Joel Schumacher died on Monday morning from cancer.

Director Joel Schumacher

The Legendary director directed the 80’s hit movie St. Elmo’s Fire and The Lost Boys, as well as the two movies in the Batman Movie franchise-Batman Forever and Batman& Robin.

The director was 80 years old when he died.
He started working out in the fashion industry, But as he began gaining success, he became addicted to drugs.
He told a local magazine that 1970 he needed a change.

“When I got off hard drugs in 1970, I thought, ‘I got to go back to basics, and I’ve screwed up my life here. So what can I do to make my life better?’ And I thought, ‘I’ve got to pursue my original dream as a child to become a movie director.’ “

He transitioned from fashion to a costumer designer in Hollywood, and they started writing movies which include Sparkle, Car Wash, and The Wiz.

The director earned massive success by writing and directing the teen coming of age movie St. Elmo’s Fire, which was followed by the horror-comedy movie ”The Lost Boy.”

As he became a successful director, so did the budget for these movies. He made the two Batman movies. The film had Campiness in them. The Schumacher played a specific part of the Batman costumes: the goofy outfits, the corny jokes calling back to the Adam West TV era of the character, and the erotic tension between Batman and his partner Robin.

“I had a lot of fun with it. Since you always get asked if that’s the case with them, I thought, well, I might as well play it up to — somewhat,” he said in the Fresh Air interview. “And I exaggerated all the sexuality in my Batman movies — you know, the men and the women are sorts of ‘overstrained’ sexually because I thought it was better to play into it than try to pretend it wasn’t there.”

Candid Life:

The director was openly gay, and was known for being honest and was candid about his life. He learned a lot to become a better person from his drug addiction to his many sexual encounters, and his feelings about the mixer of art and money in Hollywood.

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