"He couldn't have been nicer or more hospitable", Smith tweeted.
Schumacher gave his voice to The Wiz's cinematic adaptation as a writer, realised The Lost Boys' realm of cool California vampires, and cursed us all with the most baffling production of The Phantom of the Opera to ever be committed to film, to name just a few of his projects.
The New York native first entered the film industry as a costume designer in the 1970s, working alongside luminaries such as Woody Allen. The film was not a hit with critics, but it became a cult classic among teens. He directed Douglas in 1993's Falling Down, which was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival's prestigious Palme D'Or.
Batman Forever was the third film in the series that was launched with Tim Burton's Batman (1989).
Schumacher's second and last film in the franchise was 1997's "Batman and Robin", which starred George Clooney as Batman, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze.
Schumacher developed a reputation for identifying young talent, as exemplified by the ensemble casts on "St. Elmo's" and "Lost Boys", which included Demi Moore, Rob Lowe and Kiefer Sutherland.
Schumacher also worked twice with Irish actor Colin Farrell, casting him in Tigerland and Phone Booth.
Schumacher's style came to the fore in two memorable music videos, Seal's Kiss From a Rose and INXS's Devil Inside.
Despite being best known to most comic book fans for his work in the DC Universe, director Joel Schumacher had a pretty incredible career which saw him helm over two dozen movies. "That's what our name's there for".