Mr Freeze - "Remember, there might be some momentary discomfort."
IF A CHARACTER...
...is worth re-shaping into a better villain once, then chances are he's worth developing just that little bit more. After the BTAS episode Heart of Ice, Mr Freeze made a few more appearances that helped continue his story beyond what was originally established. In his second appearance, Deep Freeze, it was revealed that Freeze's wife had not died but was still in desperate need of a cure for her illness. That cure eventually surfaced and Mr Freeze's journey came to an end with the movie 'Subzero'. With his wife Nora living a new life, Freeze was brought back once more in a lacklustre Gotham Knights episode called Cold Comfort, but all that episode did was put Freeze back 'gimmick' villain status. That would have been a sad end to what had been a great character, so it seemed only fitting that when Batman Beyond revisited a few of the original Batman villains (Bane, Joker and Harley being the others) Freeze was given another chance to prove he was still a fantastic character.
During the Batman Beyond episode Rebirth (2)', Derek Powers had been exposed to extreme levels of radiation and had to have an outer layer of skin placed over his body to conceal his true appearance. The Skin was grafted onto his body at regular intervals, but it kept breaking down and so a suggestion was made to clone a new body and transfer his brainwaves across. A test subject was drafted in and the perfect candidate as he was immortal (and as if you hadn't guessed) was Mr Freeze. The only problem was the cloning procedure was flawed and Freeze's body reverted back to its ice cold self, which meant it needed to be disposed of. Realising he had been used once again, Freeze returned to his old ways, which was bad news for Powers.
Freeze once again became a victim of the actions of corrupt people who had little regard for him and the sorrow for his plight was renewed. There was a man, who wanted to start again after being given a second chance and genuinely seemed sorry for what he had done in his past, but who was once again dealt a bad hand. He never did get to fulfil those desires to make amends as he was soon back in a metal outer-casing and forced to live out a frozen existence, but the fact was he really did want to put right the things he had done in his past. Ok so that plan went out the window pretty quickly and instead he turned his attention to destroying Gotham once more, but he was still a victim at the hands of the corrupt. The story was a brilliant companion piece to Heart of Ice and although Victor was always quick to turn to revenge and it could have been argued that he created his own destiny, he was still as much a victim as he was a villain. Freeze had developed beyond his initial story and had become a character that didn't fit in with how he was perceived, so it was only fitting that he was given a second chance to redeem himself. He may have turned back into a villain in the episode, but he was a villain that was villainous for all the right reasons and that couldn't be bad. Could it?
FROZEN: *Meltdown marked Mr Freeze's final appearance in the DC Animated Universe and his story was concluded.
*Sherman Howard the voice behind Derek Powers also played Lex Luthor in the Superboy TV series.
*Derek Powers remained as a regular villain until the end of the first season of Batman Beyond.