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Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)

Unrated | | Animation, Action, Crime | Video 17 March 1998
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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.

Director:

Boyd Kirkland

Writers:

Bob Kane (Batman created by), Randy Rogel | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Conroy ... Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice)
Michael Ansara ... Dr. Victor Fries / Mr. Freeze (voice)
Loren Lester ... Dick Grayson / Robin (voice)
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
George Dzundza ... Dr. Gregory Belson (voice)
Robert Costanzo ... Detective Harvey Bullock (voice)
Bob Hastings ... Commissioner James 'Jim' Gordon (voice)
Mary Kay Bergman ... Barbara Gordon / Batgirl (voice)
Marilu Henner ... Veronica Vreeland (voice)
Dean Jones ... Dean Arbagast (voice)
Mari Devon ... WGBS Reporter Summer Gleeson (voice)
Liane Schirmer Liane Schirmer ... Lt. Renee Montoya (voice)
Rahi Azizi Rahi Azizi ... Koonak (voice)
Townsend Coleman ... (voice)
Brian George ... (voice)
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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 Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

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It's going to get Cold this Summer!


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In 2017, the great Back Issue magazine devoted an issue to Batman: The Animated Series' 225th anniversary. The topic of SubZero is discussed, and Bruce Timm, one of the chief creative minds behind the DC Animated Universe, presents an interesting point of view. Since he was already busy with producing the new Superman: The Animated Series, Timm wasn't available to also work on Sub-Zero. He doesn't trash the film but indicates a fundamental disagreement with one plot element. Says Timm: "The one story point that always kind of sticks in my craw is that they brought Mr. Freeze's wife back to life. That's something that I never would have done, because in my head, she was dead. She wasn't just like, preserved and on ice... she was dead! So to me bringing her back to life, even though they did it for poignant reasons...it kind of made sense in the story they were telling, but it was -- well, that's kind of like Mr. Freeze's whole thing, is that his wife is dead. He froze emotionally because of it and everything. Well, now, if she's back to life, it's like "Well, now what is he?" So that was weird." Timm also notes the movie created a problem when adapting the Batman Adventures' famous 1994 Holiday Special comic. Most of the issue became the 1997 episode "Holiday Knights," but the piece entitled "White Christmas" is noticeably missing. The story draws parallels between Batman's own loss and the one that motivates Freeze's actions to this day. Murakami's art is also an impressive homage to both Timm, designer of the show's Batman, and Mike Mignola, creator of Mr. Freeze's animated design. Seriously, if you've never read the Holiday Special and are a fan of the animated Batman, do yourself a favor and check it out. As Timm told Back Issue: "For instance, in the "Holiday Knights" episode, we really wanted to do that Mr. Freeze story that we had done in the comics. And we couldn't, because the whole point of that story was that Nora Fries was dead, you know, and, well, no, she's not dead anymore, so that story is no longer canon." And while Timm is correct that SubZero is the first time Nora is explicitly referred to as alive, there is an episode of the show predating SubZero that needs to be addressed. The 1994 episode "Deep Freeze" has Mr. Freeze released from Arkham by crazed, aging Walt Disney-esque billionaire Grant Walker, who seeks to freeze the world and recreate it according to his own design. Batman and Robin infiltrate the Walker's underwater city of Oceania and confront Mr. Freeze, who has sided with Walker. And why is Freeze willing to serve Walker? Because the billionaire has obtained the cryogenic chamber that houses Nora Fries. Though the earth will be destroyed, Freeze believes the price will be worth it. At least he'll be with his precious Nora again. Some viewers were taken aback by the revelation that Nora's still around, but "Heart of Ice" never explicitly stated she was dead, so there's wiggle room. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara tries to escape for the second time during the climax, Belson gets a revolver out from a drawer and shoots at her (which leads to Batman and Robin rescuing her and the oil derrick going up in flames). If Belson had a gun the whole time, why didn't he or Mr. Freeze just kill Barbara when they brought her to the derrick and then do the organ transplant instead of just keeping her captive? See more »

Quotes

Richard 'Dick' Grayson: Thank you, Alfred. I don't know what we would do without you.
Alfred Pennyworth: Frankly, neither do I.
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I Only Have Eyes for You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by The Flamingos
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Dated ,yes ,but still really good!
23 July 2016 | by tankaceSee all my reviews

Batman: Subzero is the second film of the Dc animated universe after Mask of the Phantasm and although it is dated a little for toady'd standards, it makes up for it with (a) an entailing story, (b) well made and realistic characters (!) and (c) an antagonist ,who is motivated by love, the real Mr. Freeze. This flick was at first planned to be released in 1997, but due to the massive back lash, which the abomination Batman and Robin received the date went back a whole year!

Now Let's dive in to the main components that make it so good. Starting with (a) the story. We follow Doctor Victor Freeze , who is desperate to find a donor of his wife in order to save her and for that he devise a plan in order to find a suitable donor and fast.So he abducts Barbara Gordon AKA Batgirl and it is up to the Boy Wander and the Knight of Gotham City to find her. OK, the story may lacks some originality,but its job of make you understand why everyone do what his or her is doing, so we are fine here

To the (b) realism of the Characters, I want to emphasize here for that animated video movie was more realistic from its live action counterpart. Every character needs are logical and even the design of Gotham feels like an metropolis buzzing around the clock, which is awesome.

To the "villain" of the film (!),Mr. Freeze, I am a big fan of this guy and here they show really well ,that his criminal actions aren't due to his greed, need of vengeance or ego ,he does them for his wife .Also the fact that he can' hag her o kiss makes you at times feel bad for the fellow and I was rooting for him to get what he wanted.

Final and Bonus fact the animation. Two are the facts that decrease the quality of the movie from an awesome story to a solid, decent one. The first is the unoriginal of the story and the other the animation it isn't as top notes as an animated film of that universe needs to be. The reason for that is that the Bruce Tim's team tried to use some CGI 'in to the designs and remember it is 1998 and cgi is not a evolve as now ,so that is the reason. But it isn't awful at least, it is just fine.

In the end although dated, the film is the best interpretation of Mr. Freeze so far and I wish this one will inspire the Warner Bros. to make it in a big Budget live action film, somewhere after the Justice League movies for it is a shame to not give a chance to doctor Victor.


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