Filmmaker and comic book geek Kevin Smith recently commented that it’s time to bring the Mr. Freeze character back to the big screen. After thinking about it for a while damn it he is absolutely right. In my opinion Mr. Freeze is Batman’s number two nemesis behind The Joker. His tragic reasoning for being a villain is a stark contrast to The Jokers chaos at all cause character. The Joker is a fascinating character and will always be known as Batman’s arch-nemesis, his character has been portrayed in several incarnations throughout film. A origin movie is currently in development with Joaquin Phoenix portraying the clown prince, while Jared Leto is still primed to get another run with his portrayal of The Joker.
Mr. Freeze on the other hand has only been portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the campy Batman and Robin movie. The character of Victor Fries however is worthy of another run and has a good story to tell. There’s no plans anytime soon for him to appear in Ben Affleck's Batman film, so a origin film as part of DC’s stories outside of the DCEU would be the best route.
A good man who as a scientist just wanted to find a cure for her terminally ill wife, he’s gone mad after a accident and becomes Mr. Freeze. That slow burn from common man to villain would make for a interesting story outside of the caped crusader, think of Walter Whites slow burn in "Breaking Bad". Of course with the payoff being his final transformation into the villain we know today.
An Mr. Freeze origin movie has so much room for an interesting backstory set against real life backdrops. The common debate about new and unconventional methods to treat diseases and illnesses, cryogenics as a means to prolong life, lost love. Include a criminal organization or corrupt businessman Dr. Fries runs foul of trying to save his wife. He could be the sad hero in his own film as well, throw in some cameos from other Batman characters to satisfy the Easter egg hunters. Keep the bad cold puns to a minimum and this could be a victory for DC.
The 1998 animated film Batman and Mr. Freeze: Subzero was Mr. Freezes best incarnation. It displayed heart, action, and consequences in a children’s film. DC needs to green light this sooner than later and let everyone know it’s Time To Freeze.
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