Michael Dougherty

Michael Dougherty
Michael Dougherty
Born October 28, 1974 (1974-10-28) (age 37)
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Occupation Writer, director

Michael Dougherty is a screenwriter who is known for his work with Dan Harris on the scripts for Bryan Singer's films X2 and Superman Returns.[1]


Early life

Dougherty attended the Tisch School of Arts at New York University in the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, which is where he produced Season's Greetings (1996).[2]

Was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio


His directorial debut, Trick 'r Treat, is based on his own script, and was produced by Bryan Singer.[3] It played at several film festivals, before being released on DVD on October 6, 2009 in the US and Canada.[4]

Personal life

His mother is Vietnamese. Dougherty is an accomplished artist and some of his artwork is displayed on his official website.




  • 2009 - Won Toronto After Dark Silver Audience Award for "Trick 'r Treat"
  • 2008 - Won Screamfest Audience Choice Award for "Trick 'r Treat"
  • 2007 - Won Saturn Award for Best Writing for Superman Returns (shared with Dan Harris)
  • 2004 - Nominated for Saturn Award for Best Writing for X2 (shared with Dan Harris)
  • 2003 - Won Screamfest Best Animated Short for "Deadtime Stories"

Comic books

Director Bryan Singer and Superman Returns screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris provided the plots to four comic book prequels to Superman Returns. The four forty-page comic book prequels were published by DC Comics throughout the month of June 2006 and bridged the gap between the second Superman film and Superman Returns.

  • Superman Returns: Krypton to Earth - Story by Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris
Summary: In the first of the four prequels, fans will revisit the Man of Steel’s origins and witness how the world has been transformed in Superman’s absence.
  • Superman Returns: Ma Kent - Story by Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris
Summary: The second special conceived by Bryan Singer and illustrated by Karl Kerschl spotlights the life of the woman who raised the Man of Tomorrow—and explores how she survived a world without Superman.
  • Superman Returns: Lex Luthor - Story by Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris
Summary: Lex Luthor always dreamed of a world without a Superman. How will Superman’s arch-nemesis react when he finally gets what he’s wanted for so many years?
  • Superman Returns: Lois Lane - Story by Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris
Summary: Lois Lane has loved... and lost... the Man of Steel. How will this intrepid reporter rebound from Superman’s absence?


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