Mads Mikkelsen as Mr Freeze in a solo DC movie? Where do I sign a petition for that?
As the DC Extended Universe continues to expand and add movies to its upcoming lineup, fans on the internet and beyond have started to voice their top picks for yet-uncasted DC superheroes and villains. And with dozens of movies about lesser-known characters like Black Adam and Zatanna in the works, it might not be long before we see one that features Mr Freeze, one of the most iconic Batman villains of all time.
Here are 4 reasons that Danish Actor Mads Mikkelsen should be cast in the role, as well as why he would crush it in a solo Mr Freeze movie like Joker.
Mikkelsen Can Carry A Movie on His Own
While the mantle of the Batman is still being passed from Ben Affleck to Robert Pattinson, the massive success of Joker (2019) and Suice Squad (2016) has already proven that certain Batman villains can carry a movie without any help from Gotham’s most famous crimefighter. That’s why, if Mads Mikkelsen were to be cast as Mr Freeze, he’d likely be able to perform the role best in a solo film first.
Freeze’s origin — a desperate scientist who exposes his body to sub-zero temperatures in order to save his dying wife — is the perfect setup for a prequel movie like Joker. Mikkelsen would carry the film himself, no other A-list celebrities needed.
Mr Freeze Deserves a Second Chance at Live-Action
While the character of Dr Victor Fries has appeared or been mentioned several times in television series like Gotham or The Flash, the character has only had one live-action film appearance — in 1997’s Batman and Robin. And, while that movie may have its fair share of defenders and fans today, Batman and Robin is largely regarded as one of the worst Batman films ever made.
The movie features campy and cliche moments throughout, and one need only look at the casting of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr Freeze to see this in full force. Schwarzenegger spends more time making bad jokes than he does being an interesting or engaging villain, and it’s high time that a more prestigious actor like Mikkelsen brought a more nuanced approach to the role.
Mikkelsen Can Play The Villain
Mads Mikkelsen has played enough antagonists in his career to prove that he’s an expert at playing villains and anti-heroes on-screen. From Hannibal to Casino Royale, Mikkelsen always brings with him a degree of tension and uneasiness to every villain that he plays. He’s the perfect choice for Mr Freeze because, like so many of the villains Mikkelsen has played in his career up to this point, Dr Victor Fries has high-level intellect and a certain level of gentlemanly charm.
Just beneath the surface though is a rage always about to burst, and Mikkelsen has proven time and time again that this hidden sort of anger is something he can perform really well. Given enough time to explore the role in a solo movie, Mikkelsen would almost certainly make Mr Freeze one of his best villains yet.
Mikkelsen Didn’t Have a Great Opportunity in the MCU
Although Mikkelsen’s performance in Doctor Strange was powerful and mind-bending, there weren’t many opportunities for the talented actor to really show his dramatic chops. Like so many villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kaecilius, the sorcerer that Mikkelsen plays in the film, is rather one dimensional.
It would be so fun and fascinating to see how Mads Mikkelsen would play a comic book villain if he had more to work with and more room to breathe — and a Mr Freeze solo movie would be the perfect opportunity to do so.