Batman, The Lost Boys director Joel Schumacher dies aged 80

Joel Schumacher.
Joel Schumacher. Photo credit: Getty.

Joel Schumacher, the film director behind two Batman films and The Lost Boys, has died.

The 80-year-old died in New York on Monday (local time) after fighting cancer, entertainment magazine Variety reports

Schumacher began his career in film as a costume designer, working on Woody Allen films Sleep and Interiors before moving to screenwriting and directing.

Among his biggest hits were the Brat Pack films St. Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys. He also directed two adaptations of legal fiction writer John Grisham's books, The Client and A Time to Kill.

He took over from Tim Burton to direct the 1990s Batman film series, with Val Kilmer taking over from Michael Keaton in Batman Forever. He returned for Batman & Robin with George Clooney in the titular role. Both films were heavily criticised.

The last film he directed was 2011's Trespass, but he also dabbled in television, directing two episodes of David Fincher's House of Cards in 2013.