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Janet Batchler

Associate Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts

Affiliated Divisions:

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television

Work Phone: 213.740.3303

Janet Scott Batchler is the writer (with her screenwriting partner Lee Batchler) of BATMAN FOREVER, SMOKE AND MIRRORS, and POMPEII, among many other projects. She is also a film producer, a playwright, and a director — and she remains the only woman ever to write a Batman movie.

As an associate professor in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Janet has taught everything from advanced screenwriting and adaptation to pitching and collaboration. She is known for her popular lecture classes on the Harry Potter franchise and historical drama.

Janet’s most recent projects include JACK AND DICK (a behind-the-scenes look at the Kennedy-Nixon election and debates), and MIDNIGHT RIDE (the story of Paul Revere’s ride, written for Disney and Johnny Depp). She was Executive Producer on the 2018 film RUNNING FOR GRACE, developed through the state of Hawaii’s film accelerator program, where she served as a mentor. She is currently at work on her how-to screenwriting book, NEXT LEVEL STRUCTURE, which introduces her unique 3-Level Structure and psychological structure techniques to a wider audience.