Mr. Freeze hasn’t had a live-action big screen appearance since Batman & Robin, so there’s plenty of opportunity for the villain to make a comeback with a new gritty portrayal in the style of Joker. Batman: The Animated Series is well known for re-creating some of the most iconic Batman comics moments on television and adapting its approach to Mr. Freeze could be a great starting point for a solo movie featuring the character.
Mr. Freeze, aka Victor Fries, is best known for dabbling with cryogenic technology, which could provide some interesting stories for the character by taking a modern perspective. Addiitionally, the tragic loss of Mr. Freeze’s wife could translate to a very compelling and emotional take on the big screen if done right.
CBR reports that Joker producer, Michael E. Uslan, recently participated in an online panel for Wizard World, during which he commented on the potential for a Mr. Freeze live-action movie:
During the “Batman to Joker” panel, Uslan stated that the live-action villain approach that Todd Phillips used for Joker could potentially be used for other villains as well. Uslan’s personal choice was for a Mr. Freeze film, saying:
“One of my favorite episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, which I love, absolutely love, dealt with Mr. Freeze and the loss of his wife. The empathy, the emotions that that created, I could see [making a movie].”
Uslan’s background is firmly entrenched in Batman lore and he has served as a producer on multiple Batman universe films, including the upcoming The Batman, so his ideas have a decent chance to reach the execs at Warner Bros. and DC. Rumors of a Joker sequel or a series of villain focused films have been thrown around lately, but whether they will fit in to Warner Bros. development plans is yet to be seen.