The Three Faces of Mr. Freeze…
I must admit, I’ve been wanting to do a Batman blog series for quite some time… I’ve just always had such a soft spot for the colorful cast of campy ‘classic movie’ villains that appeared on the show — and now, with the release of the classic Batman TV series on DVD (and Blu-ray), well, I just couldn’t resist any longer…
So, without further adieu, and in honor of the freezing cold of winter, I am starting with rogue scientist Dr. Shivel, better known to Batman fans as the diabolical Mr. Freeze…
Backstory (for the TV show, not necessarily the comic books which vary a bit): During an attempted arrest by Batman, criminal scientist Dr. Shivel is accidentally exposed to an instant freeze solution which alters his molecular structure, making him a being of pure cold. He must now wear a refrigerated suit to survive, and seeks revenge on Batman who he blames for his sub-zero condition.
And now the three actors that played Mr. Freeze in order of their appearance…
George Sanders starred as Mister Freeze in two back-to-back 1966 episodes: Instant Freeze (Feb 2) and Rats Like Cheese (Feb 3).
Sanders is wearing the classic cryogenic cooling suit. 🙂
Otto Preminger starred as Mr. Freeze in two back-to-back 1966 episodes: Green Ice (Nov 9) and Deep Freeze (Nov 10)
Instead of the classic cooling suit, Preminger is donning a freeze collar.
Eli Wallach starred as Mr. Freeze in two back-to-back 1967 episodes: Ice Spy (Mar 29) and The Duo Defy (Mar 30)
Wallach, like Preminger, prefers the freeze collar. 🙂
So, if you’re now in the mood to watch the Caped Crusaders battle their arch villains — or perhaps just need a quick refresher course in onomatopoeia — you can purchase the complete TV series here:
–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub