Batman: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary #84: Deep Freeze

Deep Freeze was first broadcasted on November 26, 1994 with a script by Paul Dini from a story by Dini and Bruce Timm and directed by Kevin Alteri.

Mr. Freeze is sprung from Arkham by aging billionaire Grant Walker, who is looking to freeze the world and recreate it according to his own design. Batman and Robin infiltrate the billionaire’s underwater city and combat both high-tech robots and Mr. Freeze himself, who has decided to do Walker’s bidding and cover the earth in a new ice age.

This is the first time we have seen Mr. Freeze since Heart Of Ice and that was such a brilliantly powerful episode, you’d have to be crazy to try to top that and for the show itself, it’s hard to top a Freeze storyline like that that has already been done. And for the most part, it really doesn’t hold up as well as Heart Of Ice does.

In fact Freeze himself is kind of underused a lot in this and the only times that we really get to see him, that’s where a lot of the interesting elements come into play such as the scene where we see Nora’s cryogenic body still around, of course, something that would later be the centerpiece of the movie, Subzero.

Other than that, the billionaire guy is your typical clichĂ©d preacher who promises of a greater future when really, he’s more than likely conning everybody he brings in:

I do like the little homages to the obscure characters DC has introduced including the infamous Batmite:

Little things like that make this episode worth the watch but if you’re looking for a Mr. Freeze story that’s on the level of Heart Of Ice, Deep Freeze is definitely not going to live up to that bar. Is it a bad episode? No, but at the same time, it’s not really an engaging one either, it’s just kind of run of the mill.

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