Paul Dini
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Dini in 2019
Paul McClaran Dini

(1957-08-07) August 7, 1957 (age 65)
Alma materEmerson College
OccupationComic creator, writer
Years active1979–present
Notable work
Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Streets of Gotham
Tower Prep
(m. 2005)
AwardsInkpot Award 2013

Paul McClaran Dini (/ˈdni/; born August 7, 1957)[1] is an American screenwriter and comic creator. He has been a producer and writer for several Warner Bros. Animation/DC Comics animated series, most notably Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995) and the subsequent DC Animated Universe. Dini and Bruce Timm co-created the characters Harley Quinn and Terry McGinnis.

Dini began writing for Warner Bros. Animation on Tiny Toon Adventures. In addition to Batman: The Animated Series, Dini was a writer for Superman: The Animated Series (1996–2000), writer and co-creator for The New Batman Adventures (1997–1999), and writer and developer for Batman Beyond (1999–2001). He also co-created Freakazoid! (1995–1997) with Timm, produced Duck Dodgers (2003–2005), developed and scripted Krypto the Superdog (2005–2006). After leaving Warner Bros. Animation in early 2004, Dini went on to write and story edit the first season of the ABC adventure series Lost. Dini wrote the storylines for the Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City video games. In 2010, he created the live action drama series Tower Prep for Cartoon Network.

He has written a number of comic books for DC Comics. Dini and Timm collaborated on The Batman Adventures: Mad Love, which won the Eisner Award for Best Single Story in 1994. Dini and illustrator Alex Ross created the graphic novels Superman: Peace on Earth, Batman: War on Crime, Shazam! Power of Hope, and Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth. His original creations include Jingle Belle, Sheriff Ida Red, and Madame Mirage.

Early life

Paul Dini was born in New York City, the son of Patricia (McClaran) and Robert Dini, an advertising executive. He is of Italian descent through his father.[2] Dini attended Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California on an art scholarship. He attended Emerson College in Boston, where he earned a BFA degree in creative writing.[3]

During college, he began doing freelance animation scripts for Filmation,[4] and a number of other studios. In 1984, he was hired to work for George Lucas on several of his animation projects. Dini later returned to the Star Wars universe in 2007 to script several episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.[5]



Dini wrote a number of episodes of the 1983–1985 animated TV series, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe which years later became favorites amongst the show's fans over the Internet, as well as contributing to interviews on the released box sets of the series, though Dini has made no secret of his distaste for Filmation and the He-Man concept. He wrote an episode for the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon in 1983; an episode of the Generation One Transformers cartoon series, "The Dweller in The Depths," and an episode of the 1985 G.I. Joe cartoon called "Jungle Trap" and contributed to various episodes of the Star Wars: Ewoks animated series,[6] several of which included rare appearances from the Empire.[7]


In 1989, Dini was hired at Warner Bros. Animation to work on Tiny Toon Adventures.[8] Later, he moved onto Batman: The Animated Series, where he worked as a writer, producer and editor, later working on Batman Beyond.[9] Dini was the writer for the episode Heart of Ice, which redefined Mr. Freeze as a tragic character and won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program.[10] He continued working with WB animation, working on a number of internal projects, including Krypto the Superdog and Duck Dodgers, until 2004.[11] In 1989 and 1990, he contributed scripts to the live-action television horror anthology series Monsters: "One Wolf's Family" and "Talk Nice to Me". Along with Bruce Timm he created the animated series Freakazoid!.[12]

He has earned five Emmy awards for his animation work. In a related effort, Dini was the co-author with Chip Kidd of Batman Animated, a 1998 non-fiction coffee table book about the animated Batman franchise.[13]

Dini and Bruce Timm introduced Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series as her first appearance was the episode "Joker's Favor" and in 1994, they adapted the character into comics in The Batman Adventures: Mad Love one-shot.[14] Harley Quinn was integrated into the mainstream DC Comics continuity in the Batman: Harley Quinn one-shot published in 1999.[15] Dini has written several comics stories for DC Comics, including an oversized graphic novel series illustrated by painter Alex Ross[16] featuring Superman (Superman: Peace on Earth),[17] Batman (Batman: War on Crime),[18] Shazam (Shazam! Power of Hope), Wonder Woman (Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth), and the Justice League (Secret Origins and Liberty and Justice). A hardcover collection of the Dini and Ross stories was published in 2005 under the title The World's Greatest Super-Heroes.[19]


Best known among Dini's original creations is Jingle Belle, the rebellious teen-age daughter of Santa Claus.[20] Dini created Sheriff Ida Red, the super-powered cowgirl star of a series of books set in Dini's mythical town of Mutant, Texas.[21] He collaborated with Kevin Smith on Clerks: The Animated Series.[22] Dini was on the writing staff for the first season of the ABC adventure series Lost.[23]

He and Bruce Timm collaborated on the Harley and Ivy limited series for DC in 2004.[24] Dini became the writer for DC Comics' Detective Comics as of issue #821 (Sept. 2006)[25] and created a new version of the Ventriloquist in #827 (March 2007).[26] While Grant Morrison was starting a seven-year Batman story on the Batman title composed of long, interlinking arcs, Dini wrote a number of done-in-one stories over the following year as well as two crossovers with Morrison's Batman, one focusing on the resurrection of Ra's al Ghul and another on the return of Hush.[27] After Morrison's "Batman R.I.P." storyline in 2009, creators were moved around titles and Dini started writing two new Batman titles Batman: Streets of Gotham[28][29] and Gotham City Sirens.[30][31] Streets of Gotham started and ended with story arcs about Hush while Gotham City Sirens focused on the women of Gotham; he wrote the bulk of both titles during their existence including the first and last issue of both.[32]

In 2006 he announced that he was writing a hardcover graphic novel starring Zatanna and Black Canary. The following year he was the head writer of DC's weekly series, Countdown.[33] Dini co-wrote a draft script for the ill-fated Science Ninja Team Gatchaman movie, which never saw the light of day, resulting in him leaving the project.[34] Dini wrote a series for Top Cow Productions, based in a character he created, Madame Mirage.[35]

In July 2008, Dini started a partnership with GoAnimate to launch his Super Rica & Rashy series on the platform.[36] Dini writes episodes released on the website on a regular basis. He lets anyone use his characters to create their own stories using the website's online animation creation application.

He returned to write the animated version of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Legends of the Dark Mite". In the very same episode, he appeared in an animated form in a comic book convention parody scene, where he was wearing Harley Quinn's costume, along with Bruce Timm wearing Joker's costume next to him.[37] He would go on to write several additional episodes for the series, including "Chill of the Night!", which contained a team-up between Batman and Zatanna, one of Dini's favorite characters. Dini penned the storyline for the Rocksteady Studios video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, released on August 25, 2009.[38] He wrote three episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: "Cloak of Darkness,"[39] "Holocron Heist,"[40] and "Voyage of Temptation."[41]

On February 14, 2008 the first edition of Dini's column, "200 Words with Paul Dini" was released on the iFanboy site.[42]


Dini is the main creator of the live action drama Tower Prep Cartoon Network series.[43] On August 4, 2010, it was confirmed that Dini will be involved in Marvel Comics' upcoming animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, which is set to air on Disney XD in 2012.[44] He worked on Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., an animated series centered around the Hulk and his supporting cast.[45]

Dini worked with Rocksteady studios once again to create Batman: Arkham City, which was a sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum.[46] He wrote a five-issue comic series set in the game continuity.[47] A building in Arkham City is named Dini Towers in tribute.[48] He did not write the storyline of the third Rocksteady game in the series, Batman: Arkham Knight, due to the company not wanting to hire freelance writers for future games.[49]

Dini wrote the script for Bloodspell, an original graphic novel starring Black Canary and Zatanna.[50][51] He also performed rewrites on Disney's dark fantasy film Maleficent.[52][53]

Paul Dini and his wife, magician Misty Lee, created an online interview feature called "Monkey Talk" on Kevin Smith's website, Quick Stop[54]

His graphic novel Dark Night: A True Batman Story, based on a mugging he experienced in 1993, was published in June 2016.[55]

Dini and his wife Misty Lee appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on April 6, 2016.[56]

Dini wrote the "Actionland!" chapter in Action Comics #1000 (June 2018) which was drawn by José Luis García-López and Kevin Nowlan.[57]


In September 2020, DC Comics announced that Dini would be among the creators of a revived Batman: Black and White anthology series to debut on December 8, 2020.[58] Dini wrote the prequel to Scoob!, Scoob! Holiday Haunt, set to release through HBO Max.[59] It was canceled in August 2022 by Warner Bros. Discovery.[60]

Personal life

Dini and his wife, magician and voiceover actress Misty Lee,[61] live in Los Angeles.[62] Their two Boston terriers, Mugsy and Deuce, were featured in "Anger Management", a 2012 episode of The Dog Whisperer, in which they sought Cesar Millan's help with their dogs' behavioral problems. Around this time, Dini began an extensive weight loss and exercise regimen, having reached a weight of 320 pounds.[63][64]

Screenwriting credits




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Preceded byKelley Puckett The Batman & Robin Adventures writer 1995–1996 Succeeded byTy Templeton Preceded byJames Robinson Detective Comics writer 2006–2009 Succeeded byGreg Rucka Preceded byn/a Gotham City Sirens writer 2009–2010 Succeeded byTony Bedard Preceded byn/a Zatanna writer 2010–2011 Succeeded byChris Roberson