Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)

Unrated  |  Video  |   |  Animation, Action, Crime  |  17 March 1998 (USA)
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When Mr. Freeze, desperate to save his dying wife, kidnaps Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) as an involuntary organ donor, Batman and Robin must find her before the operation can begin.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice)
Dick Grayson / Robin (voice)
Mary Kay Bergman ...
Dean Arbagast (voice)
Mari Devon ...
Liane Schirmer ...
Rahi Azizi ...
Koonak (voice)


Mr. Freeze is living in the arctic with his cryogenically-frozen wife. When a submarine destroys her containment capsule, he has to find someone to "donate" a new heart for her. His search turns up one donor with the right blood type: Barbara (Batgirl) Gordon. Her kidnapping sends Batman and Robin on a hurried chase to free her in time. Written by &view=simple&sort=alpha" >Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <>

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Was originally set for a release in the summer of 1997, but held back because of the negative reception following the release of Batman & Robin, which also featured Mr. Freeze as an antagonist. Nevertheless, upon release, the film received strongly positive reviews, compared to Batman & Robin. See more »


When an explosion occurs bad enough to cause a huge part of the structure to fall, and Belson shoves Freeze away from him and runs, you can see it looks like Freeze gets completely buried. In the next shot, it shows only his lower half is buried. See more »


Commissioner James 'Jim' Gordon: Come on, people! A guy in a wierd suit with two polar bears can't be too hard to spot!
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Lacks atmosphere - is more for kids than anyone else
10 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When his artic base is disturbed, Dr Freeze's lab is destroyed, meaning his life support for his wife breaks down. With little time to save her, Freeze is forced to come to the city to find a live donor for an immediate transplant to save his wife. However the only donor is none other than Barbara Gordon - the commissioner's daughter and Batgirl herself! When Freeze kidnaps her it forces Batman and Robin into a race to rescue her before she dies on the operating table.

I love Batman - I consider him to be one of the darkest of the comic book characters that I am familiar with (I'm not really into that scene - but I know what I like). I will always try any of the Batman products because occasionally the films and the cartoons get it right (well, the odd time). In this case however I didn't feel like it had done a good job of making the cartoon something that could translate to the adult audience. The plot echoes a part of the Batman & Robin film but, like that, fails to develop a lot of the darker strands. It still engages and does enough to entertain but I would have liked the film to look at the complexity of Dr Fries/Freeze

  • he is not a bad guy, he is driven by love, however the film only part

succeeds in letting us understand him.

The animation is good for a cartoon but lacks atmosphere for the most part, I need shadows and dark colours to echo the material. However the film is bright and colourful or black; it doesn't really do shadows but it just uses black a lot - however the characters are colourful and that goes against the grain of the film. The voice work is pretty good apart from a few weak links and it's always good to have a voice that rings a bell - in this case it's George Dzundza and Dean Jones.

Overall I quite enjoyed this film even though it wasn't really dark enough or complex enough to really satisfy my needs from a Batman story. However it manages to make more sense that the similar live-action film and is more enjoyable than that! It will satisfy older children and adults will be able to sit through it even if they hope for more.

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