'Batman' director Joel Schumacher, 80, dies after battle with cancer

'Batman' director Joel Schumacher, 80, dies after battle with cancer

- Batman director Joel Schumacher has died at the age of 80 and people all over the world are mourning a legend

- Schumacher passed away on Monday morning in New York after a year-long battle with cancer

- He also directed a couple of episodes of House of Cards in 2013

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Batman director, Joel Schumacher, has died in New York, US at the age of 80.

The costume designer-turned-director has also worked on films including The Lost Boys and Falling Down.

Schumacher died on Monday morning after a year-long battle with cancer, according to variety.com.

Variety.com reports that Schumacher was handed the reins of the Batman franchise when Tim Burton exited Warner Bros' Caped Crusader series after two enormously successful films.

The first movie by Schumacher, Batman Forever, starring Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman, grossed more than $300 million worldwide.

Schumacher's second and last film in the franchise was 1997's Batman & Robin with George Clooney as Batman and Arnold Schwarzenegger as villain Mr. Freeze.

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Schumacher's other films included Bad Company starring Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock; Veronica Guerin starring Cate Blanchett as a journalist crusading rather recklessly against the Irish drug trade; and Jim Carrey thriller The Number 23 and Trespass starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman.

Schumacher started out in showbiz as a costume designer, earning credits on 1972’s Play It as It Lays, Herbert Ross’ The Last of Sheila in 1973, Paul Mazursky’s Blume in Love in 1973, amongst others.

He also directed a couple of episodes of House of Cards in 2013.

Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, awarded Schumacher a special award in 2010. He also received the Distinguished Collaborator Award at the Costume Designers Guild Awards in 2011.

Briefly.co.za reported that another legend, Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian Holm, died at the age of 88. The actor's agent, Alex Iriwn, confirmed that he died peacefully in hospital on Friday morning.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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