Tim Burton, who directed "Edward Scissorhands" last year, has been assigned by Warner Bros. to direct "Batman 2" for the studio.

It was Burton who directed the original "Batman," starring Michael Keaton in the title role and Jack Nicholson as the evil Joker, which established an all-time box-office record for Warners.Among Burton's other fantasy film credits are "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" and "Beetlejuice."

No casting has been announced for "Batman 2," but production is set to begin later this year for worldwide release in 1992.