RIP Joel Schumacher
Posted 22 June 2020 - 09:14 PM
He deserved a fair amount of the scorn for where he took the Batman franchise, but The Lost Boys and Falling Down are some of my favorite movies. Occasionally I'd see his name in some worst directors lists and that always seemed unfair.
True. IMHO, most of the scorn should go to Warner Bros, themselves, since it was their idea to make the franchise lighter and more family-friendly after Batman Returns (especially after McDonald's pulled Batman-themed Happy Meal toys after parents complained about them promoting a movie where the villain bites a person's nose off, among other dark, kid-unfriendly moments).
Edited by spikeriley, 22 June 2020 - 09:15 PM.
Posted 23 June 2020 - 02:58 AM
TOY DRAMA THEATER!
1 minute of (minimal) lights, (steady) camera and... ACTION FIGURES! (mostly Transformers) - Episode 031: Combiners and chest envy
Posted 23 June 2020 - 10:19 AM
I was fine with Batman Forever (even though I don't really like Jim Carrey). I will always think this cameo was a good natured thing and not mean spirited.
Given Alan Burnett's post on this topic was polite and solemn, it likely was meant to be a good-natured rib more than anything else.
Anyway, I never disliked the man, and I offer my condolences to his loved ones.
That Echowarrior guy...
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Posted 24 June 2020 - 01:17 PM
This sucks. I hoped he'd live to see Warner Brothers let him release a director's cut of Batman Forever. It wasn't his fault that movie turned out the way it did.
Track down the fanmade Red Book Edition if you can. It's not what Warner Bros could put together, but Joel Schumacher gave it his blessing.
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