The sad news broke yesterday evening that director Joel Schumacher has died at the age of 8o. A statement from his publicist confirmed that he “passed away quietly”.
Rarely praised by the critics but certainly a film-maker who was often able to set the box office alight and with a keen visual eye, Schumacher has still not been forgiven by some superhero fans for his second outing for the Bat, Batman And Robin [though to be fair he did spend some of his audio commentary for the film apologising for it], but his diverse resume also includes the likes of The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Time To Kill, and The Phantom Of The Opera, for me peaking with Falling Down and the incredibly underrated 8MM.
Tributes have been flooding in, but I like best this one from one of the lead actors in one of his most beloved films.
“His joy, spirit and talent will live in my heart and memory for the rest of my life. His mark on modern culture and film will live on forever. I will miss you, my friend.” Kiefer Sutherland.