Warren Skaaren was an American screenwriter and film producer. Skaaren wrote the shooting script for Batman.
The creator of the basic story and earlier drafts, Sam Hamm, was unable to continue working on the project due to a writer's strike. Warren Skaaren wrote the shooting script during the later half of pre-production set up at Pinewood Studios. Skaaren continued tweaking the script as the primary on-set writer, answering day to day logistical and motivation questions. At least two other English writers, Jonathan Gems and Charles McKeown ending up contributing before filming wrapped.
In the seventies Skaaren was an executive director for the Texas Film Commission. After leaving the Commission, Skaaren began his career in the film industry, working as a writer for films like Fire with Fire, Beetlejuice and Beverly Hills Cop II. He wrote a draft for Top Gun, for wich was only credited as an associate producer. Skaaren had also written unproduced sequels to The Jewel of the Nile called The Crimson Eagle and Beetlejuice called Beetlejuice in Love. According to its draft date, Beetlejuice in Love is believed to be the last screenplay he wrote before his death.
Warren Skaaren died of bone cancer on December 28, 1990.