Joel Schumacher, Director of 'Lost Boys' and Batman Films, Dead at 80

Joel Schumacher, Director of

'Lost Boys' and Batman Films,

Dead at 80 Schumacher died in NYC

after battling cancer for a year. He transitioned from costume designing

to directing for film in the 1980s. His third film, 'St. Elmo's Fire' was a hit.

It brought together some of the most popular

actors and actresses of era, a signature

quality of Schumacher's films. His film, 'Lost Boys,'

about a group of vampires terrorizing a

Southern California beach town

became a cult classic. Schumacher directed two Batman films,

with Val Kilmer and George Clooney

in the titular role. Other films of note include

'Flatliners,' 'A Time to Kill,'

'Falling Down' and 'The Client.' More recently,

Schumacher directed

episodes of HBO's 'House of Cards.'