The further animated love of Mr. Freeze & NoraPosted: 02/03/2014 Filed under: DC, Relationships 4 Comments
To summarize last article, Mr. Freeze’s love for his former wife, then popsicle, then ex-wife Nora bleeds so deeply that the supervillain would rather see Nora happy with another man than settle for the robot head he is currently. But the heart wants what the heart wants, even when one doesn’t actually have a heart. We pick up with the second half of today’s love story in Batman: Gotham Adventures #51, written by Jason Hall and drawn by Brad Rader.
You may think Nora’s husband D’Anjou as petty or jealous (of which he’s a twinge of both), but can you blame him? We assume that Nora knows Mr. Freeze faked his death. Mr. Freeze hangs out in Arkham Asylum and anytime a supervillain gets punched by Batman, I bet it would make the papers. Though it has to have been years since they’ve seen each other. Surely, Nora doesn’t feel the same way about Victor Fries nowadays.
Love re-ignited! Just going by how many women Beast and the Thing have dated, women rarely get turned off from a horrible physical condition (blue fur, rock skin, icy robot bodies, etc.). But if Mr. Freeze has an arch-nemesis, I’d argue for the status quo. Because any character that’s entire motivation revolves around pining for his star-crossed wife, it’ll have to return that way. Like with this shocker:
But instead of a radical change to the comic book universe, Mr. Freeze gains character development, usually the plot device used in place of permanent changes. I’m not being negative either — we as readers feel the same satisfaction with the added benefit of expecting an infinite more stories. Plus, I have a soft spot for Gotham City’s goo monster:
Okay, so I lied. I wrote a hundred words of nothing. Y’see, comics based on the animated series aren’t subject to the same strict rules of canon the “main” universe is forced to abide by — such as Earth 2, Ultimate Marvel, and any comics where superheroes go into the future. So the two’s love story comes to an end in Batman Adventures #15, written by Hall and drawn by Kelsey Shannon.
Remember a few pages back when Nora’s husband D’Anjou hid Mr. Freeze’s letters?
To be fair to her husband, Mr. Freeze does have hundreds of comic issues where he’s been a homicidal maniac. Like most Gotham supervillains, he kills more of his henchmen than the Bat family knocks out. He has really no hesitation in killing all sorts of innocent and not-so-innocent people. Kinda hard to root for the guy. But he did spend his entire life trying to perfect Nora’s — and it cost him everything. A part of me really does want him to win, at least until whenever he pops up later and turns a bank vault into an ice rink or whatever. For now, watch for that solitary tear about to roll down your cheek:
While Mr. Freeze may have attempted to start over far away from anyone he could hurt, the Dark Knight doesn’t forget crimes past. Or forgive. Or anything that doesn’t involve a batarang to the skull. Enter the roadblock to love, the one man who abstains from killing everything but romance
Robots don’t count as murder, so Batman can fly home with a clear conscience. Look, while you can no doubt figure out this story doesn’t have a happy ending, it does have end hopefully. Batman can perform miracles, but even with a utility belt full of deus ex machinas, he can’t roundhouse kick true love. And despite Mr. Freeze’s body count (all fictional people so we let it slide), don’t the two deserve a second shot?
Batman: The Animated Series’ version of Mr. Freeze will always be the definitive version of the character for me. I really don’t like what he has become with the advent of the New 52…
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Batman: The Animated Series and the Arkham video games will always be the best versions of Mr. Freeze. The New Batman Adventures and New 52 will always be the worst. Hell, the Arkham Knight ending for Victor and Nora was far better than Batman Subzero and the Batman Beyond episode.
I didn’t care for the comic version of the animated series or for this issue. Batman just instantly finds him (how?), he comes across as way too hell bent on taking him down for no reason (is this 1940s Batman or Frank Miller’s Batman?) and they only figure it out that it wasn’t him only well after the fact… some detective… the writers and developers of the Arkham video game series knew how to write both Batman, Freeze and how to end the character.