The Original: Joel Schumacher plumbs the depths with this ultra-camp bat-farce, replacing any semblance of credibility with a surfeit of homoerotic outfits and naff puns. Arnie’s Mr. Freeze is the scenery-chewing low-point.
The Sequel: Okay, so we don’t actually want to see a straight sequel to Batman & Robin, but we would love Chris Nolan to give Victor Fries the treatment he deserves. Arnie playing a depressive scientist, haunted by the need to cure his cryogenically frozen wife, with nary a catchphrase in sight? It could work!
Essential Scene: An origin-establishing sequence in which we see Fries run up against Ferris Boyle, the employer who discovers he has frozen his wife using company equipment…
Essential Dialogue: “Greetings Batman…my name is Victor Fries.” We’ll have no “a freeze is coming” histrionics this time around, thank you very much.