Next up on my Villainous Villains segment is the cold character and Batman villain Mr Freeze.
Mr Freeze is one of Batmans more successful and well known newer rouges (by newer I mean from the 90s onwards) Well essentially Mr Freeze appeared long before then.He first appeared much earlier and was called Mr Zero,he was one of the "joke villains" among others such as Killer Moth.He later appeared in the 60s Batman TV series under the name of Mr Freeze,he was still a far stretch away from the Mr Freeze we all know.And I mean just try to imagine if we would never of got that wonderfully done episode in the animated series.He would probably just be non existent in comics today or would just be another Killer Moth (who I also wish would of got the ret con Freeze did)
^ Look no teapot this time and no elf suit,he looks much "cooler".It was in that episode in which he was very well and very appropriately re imagined.After the episode aired he was appropriately resurrected in the comics.
His new character made him unique to Batmans other villains.Unlike others he wasn't psychotic or deranged he didn't have an obsession or fixation with Batman and he had motivations that where not really for himself .I suppose he was a victim more than anything.Not just a victim of an accident that made it so he had to live inside a specially made cyro suit but was also a victim of something we all dont like the thought of loneliness.
And he is a character I can emphasize with just as I am sure other people can as well.And it makes you wonder what lengths would you be willing to go to save someone you love.And the fact you can empathise with him to an extent does not make him any less interesting as a character,and it does make him unique amongst Batmans rouges.
The best Batman villains are often considered to be that if they mirror the Dark Knights characteristic's in some way.And I have heard some people assert that Mr Freeze does not.But I dont think that could be any further from the truth.He mirrors him in a variety of ways.First off Freezes origin is tragic and he is a victim of misfortune in a similar way Batman was,both in different ways yes but the similarities are still there both lost loved ones,and changed as a result of it.I suppose another one would be loneliness and not been able to connect with anyone,both in different ways perhaps but both are still there and are in part a result of their tragic origins.
Freezes appearance in the comics has been a little sparse.And I dont think any story lines involving him have really managed to rival or surpass his animated debut.This maybe due to writers not being able to do anything with him.But I have always thought more could be done with him (I have some ideas forming and I may write my own story involving the character later down the line)
He did also appear in Batman Beyond and as bad ass a usual,it was great to see him fight my favourite Batman Beyond villain Blight.He also appeared in a certain movie portrayed by a certain Austrian actor and ex governor of California,which I shall not mention the name of. He did also appear in The Batman,he was alright but lacked what initially made the character interesting and unique.
And of course he appeared in Arkham City in a very entertaining boss fight.
Until next time. All comments are appreciated.