‘Batman and Robin’ director Joel Schumacher dies aged 80
23 June 2020 | 3:38 pm
Hollywood director Joel Schumacher, who made two Batman films after rising to fame with hits including St Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys, has died aged 80. A representative for the flamboyant US filmmaker said he died in New York on Monday after a year-long battle with cancer.
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