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Matt Reeves Wants Mr. Freeze As Villain Of “The Batman” Sequel

With the various trailers and commercials of The Batman shown so far, it is now undoubted that the new incarnation of the Dark Knight imagined by director Matt Reeve




With the various trailers and commercials of The Batman shown so far, it is now undoubted that the new incarnation of the Dark Knight imagined by director Matt Reeves will move in a world strongly marked by realism and film noir. Such a strategy unquestionably moves him closer to the austere aesthetic of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy than it does to Tim Burton’s gothic or the version mostly travelled by the characters suggested in Zack Snyder’s movies.

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The Riddler, the main antagonist of The Batman if there isn’t a big surprise waiting ahead, has been reimagined as a brilliant serial killer who wants to clean up all of rotten Gotham, making him more similar to John Doe from Se7en than to the original character. This is consistent with the style established in the new movie. However, thinking about a possible sequel to the film, Matt Reeves does not seem to have problems in taking into consideration the villains with more cartoonish characteristics or less rooted in realism, as emerged in a recent interview with Collider in which he quoted Mr. Freeze.

“In my opinion, I’m just drawn to looking for the realistic version of anything. The concept of something like Mr. Freeze, which is such a great narrative, right?, would be a challenge to me in an exciting way, so how might that happen?” Director revealed.

Arnold Schwarzenegger already portrayed Mr. Freeze on the big screen in 1997’s Batman & Robin, so it would be intriguing to see a fresh, more believable, and in-depth take on this enduring villain.

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“I believe there is a grounded version of that story, which has the potential to be fantastic and quite powerful. So, I love the fantastical side of Batman, but this iteration, obviously, while being, to me, I think it is very comics faithful, but I don’t think that this one is necessarily, it doesn’t lean as hard into the fantastical, I guess,” Reeves added. But to me, what would be intriguing is to attempt to unravel the fanciful and determine how it might make sense in this situation. So that’s basically how I see things, from my point of view.

In this regard, a billboard torn in an alley had surfaced on the set soon before filming started in October 2020, providing a potential hint to the existence of Mr. Freeze in the universe of the new Batman.

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In fact, the phrase “Destroy Gothcorp” can be seen here, which appears to be a reference to the multinational that was first featured in Batman: The Animated Series. Victor Fries, later known as Mr. Freeze, was working on a cryogenic apparatus to transfer his ill wife Nora into suspended animation when we first encountered him. Victor, however, became deformed and unable to exist outside of subfreezing conditions due to the CEO of the business Ferris Boyle’s meddling, which resulted in an accident that made Nora vanish forever.

The Batman, which will be directed by Matt Reeves and written by writing prodigy Mattson Tomlin with Reeves’ assistance, will take place in a new reality distinct from the DC Extended Universe dubbed Earth-Two. Robert Pattinson plays Bruce Wayne, a masked vigilante in his second year, in the film’s cast. There will also be Paul Dano as the Riddler, Zo Kravitz as Selina Kyle, and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. the Penguin, in the movie.

In addition, Jayme Lawson, who is making her acting debut, will play a new character named Bella Real. Other actors who are involved include John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner James Gordon, and Peter Sarsgaard as District Attorney Gil Colson.

The Batman, which opens in theaters on March 4, has a running time of 2 hours, 47 minutes, not including credits.