GOTHAM: Mr. Freeze May Join the Series’ Villains … Eventually

     June 23, 2014


Everybody chill!  While Fox’s upcoming pre-Batman series Gotham is certainly chock full o’ villains from the get-go, one noticeable absence is Dr. Victor Fries, aka Mr. Freeze.  That might only be a temporary reprieve for Gotham’s finest as pilot director Danny Cannon has plans to bring the not-so-good doctor into the story at some point.  For James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), that’s good news since he already has his hands full with the likes of Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Taylor Lord) and Jada Pinkett Smith’s gangster Fish Mooney.  It’s also great news for fans because this means that not only will Mr. Freeze likely make an appearance, but that the show won’t rush to get him on screen, thereby doing his origin story justice.  Hit the jump for more.

gotham-mr-freezeHere’s a brief section of HitFix’s interview with Cannon regarding Mr. Freeze.  Be sure to head over to their site for the full interview with Cannon, which delves into all manner of aspects behind the scenes of the show:

HitFix: As you look out across the first season, is there a moment that you’re already anticipating that you’re gonna want to get back behind the camera for?

Danny Cannon: I have a big pitch with Bruno about the Mr. Freeze character, whose origins are uncertain. If I can win Geoff Johns over and if I can win Bruno over, then I look forward to the moment where that character can be realized.

HitFix: What’s the parsing out you have to do on the iconic characters so that you don’t use too many of them in these first episodes?

Danny Cannon: The beauty of this, both myself and Bruno did not sign on until we heard both network and studio assure us that we would not be forced into realizing this so quickly. We want a slow-burn. All our favorite shows, all our studio’s favorite shows, all our network’s favorite shows are a slow burn. They assured us and so far, so good.

I was already pretty excited for Gotham considering the positive reviews from early test screenings, but the possible inclusion of Mr. Freeze really seals the deal.  Batman: The Animated Series firmly set the frosty villain’s origin story in place for most of the character’s iterations going forward, so I’d be surprised if Gotham deviated from that too much.  Then again, Batman won’t be around in this series to take down Freeze, so perhaps his cold exterior will be more of an aesthetic choice than a … diamond-powered freeze ray choice.  Time will tell!



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  • TheMuppetManiac

    Is he going to be an ice cream man, working his way through school?

  • Christian

    I can’t remember if I posted this in another Gotham thread. But I think Gotham as the same problem as The Americans, which is that you already know the outcome. The Russians didn’t win the Cold War and, despite twists and turns, the main characters only have three possible outcomes: fail, defect, or die. Even with good characters and writing, it’s not enough to keep me interested.

    With Gotham, you know that all of these budding villains will be threats for the next twenty years regardless of how Gordon deals with them. You know that Gotham will deteriorate to the point where Batman is needed. There just isn’t a “what happens next?” sense of wonder.

    • Lex Walker

      Yeah, I’m still not convinced that a show about Batman’s city minus Batman will be able to sustain it past the novelty factor where audiences tune in to see how the city looks and then tune out. All the cutesy “Oh look, here’s young Bruce Wayne” and “Selina Kyle: notice she likes cats?” (or maybe for irony starts off allergic to them – wink wink) foreshadowing is going to lose its cuteness pretty quickly. A First Year kind of adaptation where the first season is us getting used to the Gotham PD and then hearing reports of a menacing vigilante would have been cool.

  • DNAsplitter

    It’s a shame that Mr. Freeze’s character was so poorly done in B&R that he’s become a joke *insert terrible movie pun here* as he’s a really great character when done correctly. The character is literally a cold (see – awful pun unintended), calculating and smart – he’s def one of Batman’s more visual worthy enemy. I always thought Kevin Spacey would have made a great Mr. Freeze back in the day.

    • Lex Walker

      He still could as many instances he’s portrayed as being slightly older. Or were you counting him out because he already played Lex Luthor? Also valid.

      • DNAsplitter

        Yea I was counting him out because of his portrayal as Luthor. Don’t see him tackling another comic book project after Superman Returns.

      • Lex Walker

        All I’ll say is that if Chris Evans can be Johnny Storm and Captain America, and considering how few people remember Superman Returns (except for those of us who kind of liked it), it wouldn’t be that big of a stretch. Also, thanks to House of Cards, he’s as much a household name now as he ever was, so it’d still be good casting by an exec’s standards.

  • cruzzercruz

    So, will every villain be an adult while Bruce a child? Is he just going to battle them as elderly people later in life?

    Also, is he going to interact with Selina Kyle as a kid? Are they just going to take the liberties and run with them? I’m fine if they do that, I’d just like to know how it’s going to work.

    • slop

      I think they are just choosing villains that are known to be older than Batman, which both freeze and penguin are.

    • agent777

      In reality Batman purposeful chose old enemies, that way he would look more powerful, that’s why he retired.

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  • agent777

    Wouldn’t Freeze be a good guy at this point? That would be interesting, if he appeared as an ally, making his eventual tragedy that much more dramatic.

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