Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ranking the Batman Movies: #10

10. Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero
Directed by Boyd Kirkland
Batman…Kevin Conroy
Robin…Loren Lester
James Gordon…Bob Hastings
Batgirl…Mary Kay Bergman
Alfred…Efram Zimbalist Jr.
Mr. Freeze…Michael Ansara

Despite all the damage done by Joel Schumacher and Arnold Schwarzenegger making a mockery of Mr. Freeze just a year earlier, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero was released direct to video in 1998. It proceeds to tell the story of Victor Fries a thousand times better than Batman & Robin. It treats the story as a serious narrative and ably conveys the desperation and sadness of our villain. In fact, this is more of a Mr. Freeze movie that just happens to include Batman. Still, it doesn’t skimp on the superhero stuff, either. Both Robin and Batgirl get ample opportunity to show their stuff. As viewers, we’re put in the difficult position of deciding whether or not we can sympathize with the bad guy. It’s not as simple as Batman beating up the bad guy then shoving him into Arkham. This is far from it.

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