Allan Heinberg

Allan Heinberg (born June 29, 1967) is an American film screenwriter, television writer and producer and comic book writer.

Allan Heinberg
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Allan Heinberg at Belmont University in 2017
Born (1967-06-29) June 29, 1967 (age 54)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Heinberg is the screenwriter of the 2017 film Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins. His television writing and producing credits include The Naked Truth, Party of Five, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, The O.C., Grey's Anatomy, Looking, and Scandal . Most recently, Heinberg developed, wrote, and ran ABC's The Catch, starring Mireille Enos and Peter Krause and is also developing a series on The Sandman. For Marvel Comics, Heinberg created and wrote Young Avengers and its sequel, Avengers: The Children’s Crusade with co-creator/artist Jim Cheung. For DC Comics, Heinberg co-wrote JLA: Crisis of Conscience with Geoff Johns (art by Chris Batista), and re-launched Wonder Woman with artists Terry and Rachel Dodson.

Early lifeEdit

Heinberg was born to a Jewish family[1] and is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Yale University class of 1989. He was in Morse College. Heinberg acted in the Broadway cast of Laughter on the 23rd Floor and appeared off-Broadway in Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh and the Vineyard Theatre's production of Bob Merrill's Hannah...1939 starring Julie Wilson.[2]



A stageplay called The Amazon's Voice helped launch Heinberg's screenwriting career in 1994.[3] The play was produced off-Broadway by the Manhattan Class Company and featured Tim Blake Nelson and Ellen Parker in lead roles.[4][5]


Heinberg's Young Avengers was a sales success and fan favorite for Marvel Comics. The series also gained favorable press for its inclusions of two gay characters, Wiccan and the alien Hulkling. Heinberg himself is openly gay.[6][7] He returned to write for the Young Avengers during the Children's Crusade storyline.

After co-writing a 5-issue arc of DC Comics's JLA with Geoff Johns, Heinberg and artist Terry Dodson relaunched Wonder Woman following the "Infinite Crisis" mini-series.


On television, Heinberg worked on The Naked Truth, Party of Five, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, The O.C., Grey's Anatomy, Looking, Scandal and The Catch, and served as Executive Producer of The CW's pilot for their Wonder Woman origin series Amazon in 2012, but the pilot was not picked up to series.[8] In 2019, it was announced that Heinberg would develop a television adaptation of The Sandman for Netflix. He also executive produces the show with Neil Gaiman and David S. Goyer.[9]


Heinberg wrote the screenplay for the 2017 superhero film Wonder Woman, as well as co-wrote the story with Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs.[10]



Year Film Credit Notes
2012 Blue Like Jazz Special thanks
2017 Playing It Straight Very special thanks Short film
Thirst Special thanks
Wonder Woman Screenplay by
Story by
Co-wrote story with Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs


Year Film Credit
1997–1998 The Naked Truth Written by
1998–2000 Party of Five Story editor, written by, story by, co-producer, producer
2000–2002 Sex and the City Creative consultant, written by, supervising producer
2000 Grosse Pointe Creative consultant
2002 Gilmore Girls Written by
2006 Grey's Anatomy: Straight to the Heart Consulting producer TV movie
Grey's Anatomy: Under Pressure
Grey's Anatomy: Complications of the Heart
2007 Grey's Anatomy: Every Moment Counts Co-executive producer
Grey's Anatomy: Come Rain or Shine
2016–2017 The Catch Developed by, executive producer, written by
TBA The Sandman Developed by, executive producer, written by

Video GamesEdit

Year Film Credit Notes
2013 Marvel Heroes Characters created by, uncredited Characters: Katherine "Kate" Bishop/Hawkeye and William "Billy" Kaplan/Wiccan
2016 Lego Marvel's Avengers Characters: Katherine "Kate" Bishop/Hawkeye, William "Billy" Kaplan/Wiccan, Dorrek VIII/Theodore "Teddy" Altman/Hulkling and Thomas "Tommy" Shepherd/Speed
2016 Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Characters: Katherine "Kate" Bishop/Hawkeye, William "Billy" Kaplan/Wiccan and Dorrek VIII/Theodore "Teddy" Altman/Hulkling


  1. ^ Bloom, Nate (June 1, 2017). "Jews in the Newz". American Israelite.
  2. ^ "'Sex and the City' writer to be guest at master's tea". Yale Bulletin and Calendar. November 5, 2004. Archived from the original on July 27, 2010. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  3. ^ New York Film Academy Guest Speaker Series video at 2:26 Oct 10, 2018
  4. ^ February 25, 1994
  5. ^ February 23, 1994
  6. ^ "Young love?". The Advocate. May 24, 2005. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  7. ^ Figuracion, Neil (November 4, 2005). "Who The #*&% Is Allan Heinberg? - Part 3". Broken Frontier. Archived from the original on November 12, 2006. Retrieved May 24, 2007.
  8. ^ MacKenzie, Carina Adly (November 29, 2012). "The CW's 'Wonder Woman' pilot gets a twist: No more Diana Prince?". Archived from the original on December 1, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  9. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (July 1, 2019). "Netflix Orders 'The Sandman' Series Based On Neil Gaiman's DC Comic – Update". Deadline. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  10. ^ "Warner Bros. Pictures brings Hero's and Magic".

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Preceded by
Greg Rucka
Wonder Woman writer
Succeeded by
Will Pfeifer