Daniel Waters is an American screenwriter and film director. Waters was hired by director Tim Burton after the script written by Sam Hamm for Batman II was disappointing for him. Burton originally wanted Waters for a potential Beetlejuice sequel, after seeing Heathers. When given the opportunity to write the Batman sequel, Waters left his position as on-set writer for Hudson Hawk, where he was having a frustrating experience. Waters ended up being removed from the production of Batman Returns prior to shooting and was replaced by Wesley Strick, who wrote the shooting script and stayed as the on-set writer throughout filming. Strick normalized virtually all of Waters' dialogue, greatly expanded Penguin's story and motivations, including Shreck's desired power plant.