Dan Harris
Born (1979-08-29) August 29, 1979 (age 44)
Kingston, Pennsylvania, United States
Alma materColumbia University
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, director

Dan Harris (born August 29, 1979) is an American screenwriter and director best known for working with Michael Dougherty and Bryan Singer, and whose writing credits include Superman Returns,[1] X2[2] and X-Men: Apocalypse.[3]

Early life

Harris was raised in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He went to Wyoming Valley West Middle and High schools, and graduated from Wyoming Seminary. Before he received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University,[4] Harris's short film Urban Chaos Theory won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the NoDance Film Festival, and the following winter, his short film, "The Killing of Candice Klein", played at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.[4]


Harris made his feature film directing debut with Imaginary Heroes, starring Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Daniels, Emile Hirsch and Michelle Williams.[5] The film had its world premiere at the 29th Toronto International Film Festival and opened Winter 2005 after being given special recognition for excellence in filmmaking from the National Board of Review.[6]

In addition to Superman Returns, Harris and his writing partner Michael Dougherty have co-written many films, including Urban Legends: Bloody Mary and X2, which he wrote at the age of 22 for director Bryan Singer, an assignment offered to him after the director read the screenplay for Imaginary Heroes. In the same year, he was honored as one of Variety’s top 10 screenwriters to watch.[7]

Harris directed I, Lucifer, a film based on the novel which he adapted with Michael Dougherty. Harris and Dougherty opted out of writing the upcoming Superman sequel.[8]

Harris co-wrote X-Men: Apocalypse with Singer, Dougherty and Simon Kinberg.[3]

Also with Dougherty and Singer, Harris wrote the Superman Returns prequel comic books for DC Comics.[9]

Harris' photography has twice been published by New York fashion and arts landmark Visionaire and he was part of Vanity Fair's "Hollywood Portfolio" in 2005.[10]


Year Film Credit Notes
1998 Celebrity Production assistant
1999 Dancing with Agnes Director, written by, editor Short film, as Daniel P. Harris
Mickey Blue Eyes Production assistant Uncredited
2000 Urban Chaos Theory Director, written by, executive producer Short film, as Daniel P. Harris
The Unbreakable Likeness of Lincoln Director, executive producer
2002 The Killing of Candice Klein Director, written by Short film
2003 X2: X-Men United Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Michael Dougherty and David Hayter, based on a story by Zak Penn and David Hayter & Bryan Singer
2004 Imaginary Heroes Director, written by
2005 Urban Legends: Bloody Mary Written by Co-wrote with Michael Dougherty
2006 Superman Returns Screenplay by, story by Co-wrote screenplay with Michael Dougherty, co-wrote story with Bryan Singer & Michael Dougherty
2007 Until Death Written by Co-wrote with James Portolese
Rubberheart Special thanks
Trick 'r Treat Executive producer
2013 Imprints Producer Short film
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Story by Co-wrote story with Bryan Singer & Simon Kinberg & Michael Dougherty
2017 Speech & Debate Director, executive producer


  1. ^ Joseph, Michael (June 4, 2006). "It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's the Man of . . . Feelings!". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Scott, A. O. (May 2, 2003). "FILM REVIEW; Good vs. Evil, With Marvelous Muscles". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b Kenny, Glenn (May 26, 2016). "Review: 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' a Sequel 5,000 Years in the Making". The New York Times.
  4. ^ a b Lui, Claire (March 2005). "Dan Harris '01 Begins an Amazing Career". Columbia College Today. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  5. ^ Ebert, Roger (2009-06-15). Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2009. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7407-9216-8.
  6. ^ Rooney, David (2004-09-17). "Imaginary Heroes". Variety. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  7. ^ "13 Feb 2005, 208 - The Boston Globe at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  8. ^ "Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris Turn Their Back on 'Superman'". Movieweb. 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  9. ^ ""Superman Returns" Prequel Art Released". CBR. 2006-03-15. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  10. ^ "VANITY FAIR'S 2005 HOLLYWOOD PORTFOLIO | Vanity Fair | March 2005". Vanity Fair | The Complete Archive. Retrieved 2020-08-11.