Using his past experience as a window display artist and costume designer, director Joel Schumacher developed into a purveyor of slickly produced film entertainment that was more often than not a triumph of style over substance. He was also one of the few directors with an uncanny knack for discovering and casting unknown actors who would later become stars, including Corey Haim, Colin Farrell, Gerard Butler and Matthew McConaughey to name a few. After helming such forgettable movies as "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" (1981) and "D.C. Cab" (1983), Schumacher scored his first financial hit with the Brat Pack-led "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985). But it was the lasting success of the iconic horror comedy "The Lost Boys" (1987), which made stars out of the "two Coreys" and Kiefer Sutherland while earning new generations of fans over time, that put him on the map for posterity. Following the underwhelming "Flatliners" (1990), Schumacher directed perhaps his most compelling movie, the vigilante thriller "Falling Down" (1993), before venturing into blockbuster territory with the campy, but well-received "Batman Forever" (1995). Only two years later, Schumacher became a Hollywood punchline with "Batman & Robin" (1997), an unholy mess of a movie that featured close-up shots of cod pieces and protruding nipples on George Clooney's Batsuit, which almost permanently sank the franchise. He restored a degree of respectability with "Tigerland" (2000) and "Veronica Guerin" (2003), only to take a step back with a wildly flamboyant adaptation of "The Phantom of the Opera" (2004). Though often derided for lacking substance, there was no doubt that Schumacher had etched a distinctive filmmaking style throughout his often bumpy career.