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Batman: Mister Freeze

Updated on May 14, 2012

This may just be me, but my opinion of Mister Freeze has dropped thanks to the debacle that is Joel Schumacer's Batman & Robin. In it Arnold Schwarzenegger portrayed the villain, and well we all know he isn't known for his acting ability. Truth of the matter however is that the once great scientist, Victor Fries, was a terribly tragic character as he committed crimes only in hopes of one day reviving his wife who had a fatal degenerative disease. He is such a tragic character that he can almost be Shakespearean in tone, which the cartoon captured at times (for an example check the video near the end of the article.) Fries was the good guy turned bad, but more than Harvey Dent. Dent had a previous psychosis, while Fries was a good husband, man and very lovable. His first thought after his wife contracted the disease was to put her in a catatonic frozen stasis so that he would never lose her until that fateful day when he would find a cure for her. The reasoning behind Fries' criminal background always placed a dilemma at the feet of Batman, as we all know he could understand Fries. Fries had conjured up this delusion that Batman was actually responsible for his wife. Fries was genius much like many of Batman's other villains but he was obviously an expert in cryogenics due to his alter ego, Mister Freeze. He would wear a special suit that constantly kept his body temperature below freezing which would subsequently raise his strength.

As a child Victor Fries made a hobby out of freezing animals in order to preserve them so they can exist in to the future. His parents became worried about his behavior and sent him to a boarding school where he would go on to feel like an outcast and became depressed. All of that would change when he would eventually meet a young woman named Nora. The two would became an item and tie the knot. Like all tragic characters, Fries did not have happiness for too long. Shortly after getting married, Nora was diagnosed with a fatal disease. Fries was sickened with sorrow and clamored to find a way to save his beloved wife. He used what he knew the most about, cryogenics, and had attempted to save her using it's technology. However, the experiment went terribly wrong and Fries' equipment malfunctioned, consuming him and his lab in an explosion of ice. Due to sheer "luck" if you will, Fries survived the accident and now Nora's condition was much more severe. Fries survived, but could only survive in below zero temperatures. He would then construct a suit that would allow him protect him in his new altered state so that he could find a way to heal his wife. Fries began to call himself Mr. Zero as he would go on robbing banks to earn money. Naturally, his criminal acts would eventually be thwarted by the heroic abilities of Batman and Robin, but it didn't keep Fries from trying. He would then create a freeze gun that did just what you would assume from the name of it. Fries would eventually fake his death and when Gotham believed him to be dead, he rearranged his costume only to return as Mr. Freeze. To this day he continues to fight Batman as his life mission is to heal his wife some day.

In "Villains United #1", Mr. Freeze froze everyone inside of a courtroom and used a frozen man as his chair. In this issue, as he lounges on the frozen man, is approached by the villain named Calculator who asks Freeze to join the Secret Society of Super Villains. During his time with the group he approaches Nyssa al Ghul and offers her a sub-zero machine in exchange for the use of her own Lazarus Pit. He plans to place Nora inside the Pit and hopefully bring her back to life. He attempts to restore Nora to life without waiting for the adjusting needed in the pool chemicals. To his delight, she is still restored, but it wouldn't be fitting if she was exactly the same as before. She returned to life as the twisted Lazara and escapes while blaming her husband in the process and estranging him in the process. Throughout the comics, like many of the villains he is frequently imprisoned in Arkham Asylum when apprehended by Batman. However, Arkham actually has a specific cell for him to accommodate his needs in terms of temperature.


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