‘Gotham’ Director Wants to Introduce Mr. Freeze

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Although Fox’s Gotham has, since it was first pitched, been a show primarily about Detective Jim Gordon (Ben MacKenzie), the series will also act as an origin story for many well-known DC heroes and villains: Batman (David Mazouz), Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), and Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor). Other familiar names like Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) and Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) will be joined by newcomer Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) to round out an extensive cast.

However, should Gotham last longer than the first 13 episodes ordered by Fox – which may be likely given the positive early reviews of the pilot – the show may add another villain, one known for kicking some ice.

In an interview with HitFix, the director of the Gotham pilot, Danny Cannon, said he would like to introduce Mr. Freeze to the roster of heroes and villains whose origin stories will be established on the show. At this point, though, only Cannon is on board to add Mr. Freeze to Gotham; Bruno Heller, series creator, and DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns have yet to support the iceman.

Read Cannon’s full quote:

I have a big pitch with Bruno about the Mr. Freeze character, whose origins are uncertain. If I can win Geoff Johns over and if I can win Bruno over, then I look forward to the moment where that character can be realized.

The show already has a lengthy list of characters with origin stories to explore and Cannon added that they’re in no rush to show the transformations of the most dangerous villains in Gotham.

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Cannon said he and Heller refrained from signing onto the series until both the network and the studio assured them that they would not force the creators to realize their villains too quickly. They’re aiming for Gotham to be a “slow-burn” series rather than revealing the masked villains too early on.

While Mr. Freeze is one of the more recognizable Batman villains – certainly as well known as Riddler and Penguin – Gotham may be experiencing a hiring freeze in terms of new antagonists. The show is already working with the back stories of Selina Kyle, Oswald Cobblepot, Edward Nygma, and Fish Mooney. According to Cannon it will be some time before these characters become the villains known by fans, so there may not be room for Dr. Victor Fries on Gotham at the moment.

Additionally, there’s the matter of whether or not Heller and Johns will get on board with Cannon’s vision of pulling Mr. Freeze out of the cooler – perhaps they won’t until hell freezes over. At this point, it’s unclear.


Gotham will air Mondays on FOX beginning in the fall of 2014.

Source: HitFix

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  1. I think they should cool it for now and see how the shows first.

    • Oops, I meant how the show does first. ScreenRant please add an edit button already.

      • Dude, just chill about the edit button.

    • I agree. I’m hoping this show is awesome and from what I’m seeing in the trailers, it looks like it’ll be at least ‘good’. But I really hope they don’t make the mistake of looking too far ahead leaving the episodes already in front of them in the dirt just to get to the goodies of introducing villains like Joker or Mr. Freeze.

      While I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man 2, one of it’s major flaws is not taking time and having fun with the story that’s in front of their faces. You can totally see that the filmmakers were more excited for future installments and this one was just a movie to get through.

      Let’s hope the same thing doesn’t happen to Gotham. The reason I’m watching this show isn’t to see my favorite villains, it’s to see Jim Gordon in action.

  2. well they have the dcl from the game as a fresh and good reference plus is a dc tv show they cant fail …unlike..mmmmmaarr… ufff that was close..lol

  3. “They’re aiming for Gotham to be a “slow-burn” series rather than revealing the masked villains too early on.”

    And that folks will be the kiss of death on a network like Fox. If they burn too slow, it’s rating won’t hold up and Fox may not even air the full 13 episodes. Or, decide it’s moving too slow and air episodes out of order.

    Don’t get me wrong, I hope it does well.

    • now that you say this i wonder how agent of shield last on air a whole sesson// well is abc i think right..ufff

      • Well ABC is owned by Disney who owns Marvel, so I think there is a bit more slack there. I’m glad they got that slack because after The Winter Soldier, AoS really found its legs.

  4. I believe theres three routes to take with mr freeze;
    1. The heart of ice story, making him a tragic character and is a complete story and never use him again as a villain


    2. The new 52 route where he is insane cold genius inventor killer who believes a woman is his wife, so he can be a recurring villain


    3. Diamond thief and complete sociopath who uses ice technology, recurring villain.

  5. What killed the dinosaurs?

    • “The Ice Age!” …bring Arnold back lol

      • Finally someone said it!

  6. It’ll be a cold day when they add that character. Who will he look like, Frosty the Snowman in these kiddie capers?

  7. The Law of Probability Regarding the Success of FOX Shows is not very promising. In other words, FOX’s track record for successful shows is very low, regardless of content, fan-opinion, and reviews (early or otherwise).

    Not gonna hold my bat-breath for this one.

  8. Oh please, just Let it Go….. :)

  9. It would be nice to see Victor Fries at some point but just going on what the American commentators have been saying for a while, apparently Fox hates good shows.


  11. A young up and comer scientist in Wayne Co who just started dating his future wife, Nora?

  12. Will Mr Freeze be introduced as a young and brilliant up and coming scientist working at Wayne Tech who just started dating his future wife, Nora?

  13. All the ice puns, terms like “slow burn” and the rest of the wit is why I love screenrant

  14. Please change the second picture to Mr. Freeze from DCAU, Batman: The Animated Series to be exact and not from the New Adventures of Batman or Batman Beyond. Well, you can choose from any of his animated iterations but please, do remove that picture (and I know why its there, but still)

    I think Freeze should be introduced in Second Season of Gotham, if at all.

  15. I think Victor fries should have a very Walter white type story. Going from ordinary scientists that turns to petty crime to help pay for his wife’s medical bills. Then after accidentally crossing the wrong mob boss, they torture him with some dry ice or nitroglycerin or whatever. He spends an extended time in recovery and his wife dies without his help. So he then suits up with a homemade looking suit and ice guns to take out the mobsters in the same way they did to him.

    • This for me sounds perfect.

    • lol, I think you meant Liquid Nitrogen, not Nitroglycerin… Unless you just wanted the man to blow up instead.

      But other than that, I absolutely love that idea.

  16. i must say i am looking forward to this series. any thing that gets me in the comicbook state of mind, i am well inclined!( trade mark bduck inc.) i dig the thought of television to not only fill, but enhance the stories we will ultimately seen to fruition on the big screen!
    i have to question if the green arrow we know on the small screen, or the flash for that matter, will be compatible with the cast involved in the upcoming d.c. universe.
    on to gotham…
    i am well into the development of these characters, so when the batman is finally introduced, the audience has some kind of clue. but let’s get it started with a small handfull that we can work with! gordon, young bruce , a young catwoman(cat girl?)and the makings of”the penguin” and whoever jada pinket is ?(is that some one from the comics? i think that’s enough for the first season!
    if rumours are true , the next “batman” solo movie won’t hit screens ’till 2019, witch gives us five years of introducing and developing new villains/characters! why would you introduce mr. freeze in the first season?
    give these villains time to gestate and become the “bad guys” they ultimately will become!
    i love what agents of shield developed into, and what it can achieve, i believe that gotham can be a great base of the d.c. universe! just as iron man gave the public a human hero they could get behind, the dark night is the d.c. hero that uses his wealth of tricks up his slieve driven by his intelect to overcome! against almost limitless power,it’s never the bat’s gadgets, but bruce’s out thinking that wins the day!in the comics,in the cartoons, it always ends up, a human out thinking his far supperior opponents!this is why we love “batman”
    give us a great televised history of our favorite hero, we will watch with baited breath, and we will hang on to watch the movies!

    • You realize that this show will be in no way related to the new movies, right?

  17. Did Joel Shumacher(sp?) edit this article ?

  18. I think it might be a bad idea to shoehorn in characters like Mr. Freeze. Dr. Victor Fries was just a scientist before his accident. I don’t see how you can make that interesting and/or relevant to the show.

  19. im excited for this show, im a big batman film and really look froward to this…i dont understand why there introducing all those future villians all in one season i feel like there craming as many peopl in the story as they can, but i think only Fish Mooney will be the most memorable in season 1 since she plays the actual villian…the characters are prolly gonna be like they are in Boardwalk Empire, these future big name people like Capone, Lucky Luciano and meyer lansky will have a small supporting role for a season or two then they will start accomplishing more and become more popular characters on the show…not comparing this show to Boardwalk Empire but i think the characters arcs will be similar

  20. only one villain is going to make this show a big success if that is the route they are hoping for, and we all know he wears purple.

    and can everyone chill out on the ice puns…..nailed it!

  21. Why are my comments not showing up?

  22. I want this to succeed. The writing team it seems already leaps and bounds over a kid show like AOS. A creative writer can introduce Victor Fries with ease which fans will accept IMO….. and I am all for it, but in no way can the Joker can be a part of this, or Napier or how and who ever direction the producers will take as this time line in no means the actual Joker would ever be able to appear. The time line would dictate only a low level thug at this time at best.

  23. I just hope that Fox network gives it a chance the bigger networks a lot of times don’t give a new show a chance to catch on if it’s not a big rating in the first season they drop it.. So fox just needs to give it a chance like CW did with arrow..

  24. Mr. Freeze played by….my boss at work! She is a cold individual!
    What?–Mr. Freeze isn’t a lady? neither is my boss, the wench!)

  25. im sure fox will put this series on ICE after the first season. the premise sounds COOL but lets face it, FOX isn’t the smartest when it comes to handling comic book characters ( no, that was not deadpool in origins ). I have no faith in FOX whatsoever when it comes to pulling this off as much as I would love to see it be fantastic, I think this show will be the titanic and Fox will be the ICEburg.

    (yes I was completely bored at work and couldn’t resist the freeze puns so I piled on) COOL idea people!!