So there I was, staying up way past my bed time, gallivanting around “Arkham City” as the World’s Greatest Detective, when I had my first run in with Mr. Freeze. Suddenly it dawned on me: this guy totally exudes essence of Cranston.
My mind began to whirl with the possibilities and I marveled at how awesome Bryan Cranston would be as Mr. Freeze. I even wrote it down in my iPhone, where all my best ideas go. So with “The Dark Knight Rises” just about wrapped, it’s only a matter of time before Batman is once again rebooted… and this time, I’d like to see the Caped Crusader face off against a Cranston-driven Freeze. Here’s why.
First and foremost, he fits the job description. Cranston’s character in “Breaking Bad,” when you take a second look, runs rather parallel to that of Mr. Freeze. Both are men down on their luck, scientific geniuses who want nothing more than to save their families. In the end, it’s their pursuit to save their families that turns them into monsters. Cranston has shown that he can play this character, and I think it goes without saying that he would bring entirely new dimensions to Freeze than what Arnold Schwarzenegger so regrettably dished out years ago.
Then there’s the bald factor. “Breaking Bad” fans already know Cranston is a badass baldy. What makes his shiny hairless head even more gnarly is that he isn’t even balding, his ’do is purely a stylistic choice. Needless to say, Mr. Freeze is a total chrome dome, and Cranston has proved throughout the years he can own the look, so why stop with Walter White?
Finally, with Nolan’s Batman era coming to a close, it’s time to try something new. Don’t get me wrong, Nolan is amazing. He captured the tone of Batman perfectly. But the realism of his movies prevents a character like Mr. Freeze from ever existing in the Nolan universe. In my universe, I’d bridge the gap between the original overly cheesy Batman films, and Nolan’s darker and grittier versions. Keep the writing tight and the tone dark, but let’s give Batman a playground less limited by reality, and bring in a little more flare in the shape of some new nemeses… like Cranston as Freeze, for example. I would offer up my directorial services, for a nominal fee of course.
When Talk Nerdy co-host Brian Phares gets an idea in his head, Crazy Talk is bound to ensue. Watch this space as the mad hatter of fandom takes impossible ideas and spits out Hollywood gold (or so he likes to tell himself). Get angry at him on Twitter at @pharesvswild.