Batman: The Animated Series

Season 3 Episode 10

Deep Freeze

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Nov 26, 1994 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Aging billionaire Grant Walker breaks Mr. Freeze out of prison so that he can grant Walker immortality and cover the world in a new ice age.

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  • review

    Another One shot two epsiode villian Mr Freeze. By the way does anything think what will happen when grant walker iceberg melts. Still trying to freeze everyone out??? TOO Bad they never had a follow up on him
  • Mr. Freeze is back.

    As "Batman: The Animated Series" was winding down, it seemed to be doing a lot of these "send-off" episodes for some of the villains (Riddler, Two-Face). Here, we have a farewell of sorts to Mr. Freeze, a character Paul Dini absolutely nailed in "Heart of Ice" and saved from a legacy of being just another "cold" villain, but who was never really able to find a place on the show afterward.

    Since Freeze was not a criminal in the sense of Joker or Penguin, he was really confined to stories that dealt with his efforts to revive his wife. Here, we find Freeze as a sort of victim, this time of a genuinely nefarious villain - Grant Walker. (Did anyone else see shades of Walt Disney, particularly the urban legend about cryogenics, in Walker?) Freeze really just wants to be left alone, so he's an unusual character. Unfortunately, this episode does not do him justice.

    Like other episodes from late in the run, the sci-fi is amped up big time here, and while the city of Oceania is reminiscent of the set pieces in the Fleischer "Superman" cartoons, the whole affair about freezing the city is pretty out there. Still, the final shot of Walker living forever in his kingdom is chilling (no pun intended.)moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After Mr. Freeze uses his gun on Robin, Batman covers the ice encased boy with his cape. It doesn't seem to have any heat source of its own, which means that it will only act to preserve the temperature of the ice. The exact opposite of the desired effect.

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode is episode 28 on the Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 DVD.

    • The robot that Batman and Robin first see when walking into Carl Rossum's room is an imitation of Bat-Mite from the comics.

    • This episode, along with "Fire From Olympus" was released on VHS as The Adventures Of Batman & Robin: Fire & Ice. Later it was paired up with the VHS The Adventures Of Batman & Robin: The Joker (consisting of "Christmas With The Joker" and "The Laughing Fish") on DVD.

    • Karl Rossum follows a character arc similar to Kirk Langstrom in the series. Rossum starts as villain ("Heart of Steel, Part 1"), then a suspect based on M.O. ("His Silicon Soul"), then an expert in a certain field who points to a suspect more fanatical than he was ("Deep Freeze").

    • Grant Walker makes a return in Gotham Adventures # 5 with the original suit in contrast to Mr. Freeze's new suit.

    • LOOK HARD: Among the robots seen in Karl Rossum's apartment, you can see Silver Age characters like Streaky the Super Cat and Krypto the Super Dog robots.


    • The name of Grant Walker's city is 'Oceania,' the same name of the dystopian country in George Orwell's novel '1984.' Also similar to the novel, is that Walker addresses and watches the people of his city via a large television screen, just as Big Brother did in 1984.

    • Blade Runner

      Karl Rossum is played by William Sanderson, who played J.F. Sebastian in Blade Runner. In both cases the characters build "friends" to keep them company.

    • Walt Disney

      Grant Walker may be based on Walt Disney, as the story appears to be inspired by the urban legend of the media mogul being placed in cryogenic sleep. Also, Disney wanted to build Walt Disney World as a utopian community but once he died the whole project became a theme park.