Creator / Joel Schumacher

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Joel Schumacher (Born August 29, 1939) is a prolific director (and sometimes screenwriter), responsible for a long list of films, which surprisingly, features only one movie titled Batman & Robin. In fact, here are some things he did that were not Batman & Robin.

Schumacher directed the successful teen films St. Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys. The success of these films allowed studios to trust him with bigger projects. These included adaptations of The Client and A Time to Kill, both adapted from novels written by John Grisham, which saw further commercial success for Schumacher.

After parents were displeased with the dark tone of Batman Returns, Schumacher was chosen to replace Tim Burton as the director of the Batman film series. Under his direction, the films got notably more camp and colorful compared to the dark and grim tone of the previous entries. His first Batman film, Batman Forever, received mixed reception from critics but was a huge commercial success, being the second highest grossing film of 1995. The followup, Batman and Robin though took the flawed aspects of Forever and caused the film to be panned by audiences and critics. Despite its success at the box office, though not to the extent of Batman Forever, the franchise's studio Warner Bros. decided to put the series on hold and no live action Batman film would be released for another 8 years. Schumacher, who considers himself a fan of Batman, has apologized for the campiness of his films, claiming the studio pressured him into making it kid friendly and easily sell toys.

Since Batman, he has directed a couple of financially successful films such as 8MM, The Phantom of the Opera and Phone Booth. He also directed chapters 5 and 6 in the hit Netflix series House of Cards.

In addition to directing movies, Schumacher has also directed a number a number of music videos including Kiss from a Rose by Seal and The End Is the Beginning Is the End by Smashing Pumpkins, both songs being on the soundtracks to Batman Forever and Batman and Robin respectively.

films involved:

  • Sleeper (1973) - (costume designer only)
  • Car Wash (1976) - (screenplay only)
  • The Wiz (1978) - (screenplay only)

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