If you still struggle to digest Batman & Robin’s Mr. Freeze now you know who the culprit is: new anecdotes have revealed that the hiring of Arnold Schwarzenegger influenced his writing.
Il Batman & Robin of 1997, directed by Joel Schumacher, is unanimously considered one of the worst film adaptations ever made of the Dark Knight. One of the elements that still bothers historical fans today is the way they decided to build the character of Mr. Freeze interpreted by Arnold Schwarzenegger. New revelations and curiosities about the film have revealed that the villain, in principle, should have been different.
One of the versions of Mr. Freeze closest to the release of Batman & Robin is that of the animated series aired in 1992. So fans of the time expected to find a character in the film, if not similar, at least of the same length wave. To all this are added some rumors that at the time they would have seen Patrick Stewart in the role, later denied by Joel Schumacher himself.
However, it seems, at least based on some subsequent revelations by Steve Burgard (artist linked to the storyboards of the film), that initially the screenplay should have had a much more Shakespearean identity with this character (much more in Stewart’s strings therefore), then changed with the choice of Arnold Schwarzenegger. These are the words of him through Slash Film: “We could tell that all the dialogue for Mr. Freeze was meant for someone who was going to deliver it in a Shakespearean way.”
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Apparently the choice of actor also influenced the villain in Batman & Robin. According to Burgard, with the selection of the interpreter they have set aside the previous characterization in favor of puns that almost everyone has never digested.