|Rosebeekee - 2012-07-19 |
If you aren't familiar with the new storyline: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr_Freeze#The_New_52
In this new origin, Nora was never Fries's wife. Her name was Nora Fields, a woman born in 1943. When Nora was 23, she was diagnosed with an incurable heart disease, so her family placed her in cryogenic stasis, hoping that a cure would be found in the future. Victor, having written his doctoral thesis on Nora, took on a position as a cryogenic researcher and technician at Wayne Enterprises, the facility that housed Nora's body. Eventually, Victor fell in love with Nora and became dedicated to finding a reliable method for slowly thawing cryogenic subjects. However, Bruce Wayne ordered the project to be shut down, as he began to feel uncomfortable with Victor's fixation on Nora. Furious, Victor hurled a chair at Bruce, who dodged the attack; the chair smashed into an array of cryonic chemical tanks, the contents of which sprayed onto Victor and caused his transformation into Mr. Freeze.
So now, Mr.Freeze is an obsessed stalker and just another psycopath with a gimmick. A lot of people like the new origin because "Now they can take Mr.Freeze seriously".
Mr. Freeze's backstory was ruined by Arnold Swartzenegger years ago.
And to be perfectly fair, comic Freeze never had this motivation to begin with. For about 40 years he was just a jackass with a gun that shoots ice. His origin story was basically "Hey look, I made a gun that shoots ice!"
The cartoon came up with the whole dead wife angle, at which point it was very awkwardly shoehorned into the comic book canon, complete with some really forced attempts at convincing us that it had been there all along. This video right here is pretty much the only portrayal of Freeze to get the whole idea right.
Just about the only consistent thing in the Batman comics is that Bane was always meant to be an attack on Mitt Romney.
I guess it comes down to this: Mr. Freeze seeking revenge on those he feels are responsible for Nora's death: good. Mr. Freeze extending the vendetta to Batman, the fuzz, and all of Gotham: bad. This obviously limits the character's reusability, but I'd rather have a good one-shot villain than one who has been reused to the point of uselessness.
His BDSM clothes were also eaten by a radioactive moth.
Yeah, well, before they rebooted the whole stupid DC universe, somebody had the idea of throwing Nora Fries into a Lazarus Pit and she came back to life as a fire-themed villain named Lazara. I'll take the new version over that any day.
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Don't forget Mr. Freeze gets his ass kicked by Captain Cold when Freeze went on a crime spree. I'm trying to get into the reboot stuff, but whatever layers the DC characters had seems to be gone. Reverse Flash seems to have been handled the best from what I have read.
This stuff doesn't matter, it'll hit another reboot in 10-15 years anyway
|cognitivedissonance - 2012-07-19 |
This episode actually bankrupted the Japanese studio that was doing this show, and in the commentary on the DVD of the series, Bruce Timm just weeps about this dedicated Japanese animation supervisor who was toiling alone for months dutifully airbrushing the frost inside Mr. Freeze's helmet out of sheer love. But it has a happy ending, the studio went on to make Big O, which is one big love letter to BTAS.
|Caminante Nocturno - 2012-07-19 |
Every year, Victor picks up the phone to make a reservation at their favorite restaurant, then sighs and puts the phone back down.
...because he is unable to dial the numbers as the buttons have been frozen!
|StanleyPain - 2012-07-19 |
I like pretty much all the incarnations of Batman (except that The Batman shit), but seriously, come on....who gives a shit if a guy who runs around committing crimes with a freeze ray has some Man Booker Prize-winning backstory. No one "ruined" Mr. Freeze..it's fucking Mr. Freeze...an iceman villain. The worst anyone could do is make him boring and not even Batman And Robin managed that.
All Batman & Robin did was give Arnie his most disappointing role in a generation and perhaps make the 1960's Batman TV show look well-written by comparison.
And not every hottie in a movie has to be a good actor/actress with well-written lines, but there's a reason one might re-watch a movie for a performance other than how well someone orgasms.
I'm more concerned that you point to the 60s tv show as a poorly written show. It was one of the best comedies of the period, decades ahead of its time in pacing, ironic delivery and pop cultural impact. If you want to know what Batman comics were like in the 60s, you watch the Batman tv show, it's a straight transliteration.
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