Originally Posted by Imjenn
Rodrigo90, I see your point, and I do agree in part. I haven't read the issue story in question-perhaps I should to get a better understanding of it.
However, what if a twist was applied to the idea (yes, I'm twisting a twist on an idea that works well as an origin tale). One criticism of the origin from TAS is that it makes it difficult to write recurring stories, and you mention how it should be done as an origin in your post. This twist could be that Freeze originally takes up his crusade to save his wife, which may or may not be possible within the story. However, Freeze could find himself addicted to the rush of crime, the thrill of it. It would take a talented actor and good writing/direction, but if done well, I believe it could work.
To add more drama to it, in this new twist of the story Freeze may actually cure/save his wife, only to her (and his) horror he finds himself unable to give up the thrill of the crime. Boom, keeps the tragic elements of TAS version, while setting him up as a recurring villian in the future.
What are your thoughts on that? I did just kind of ramble that on, so there wasn't much forethought put into the idea.
I believe it is possible for his mind to warp further than it already has.
I can't imagine what his tragic circumstances would do to anyone.
To be a doctor for many years, saving lives and then cruelly, having your dearest loved one be taken from you.
Freeze's motivation for crime is to save his wife. But what's his motivation for ruthlessly killing people in the manner he does? Not just freezing them, but at times smashing them into tiny pieces...
I'll never buy into him committing crimes just for a thrill. It's not part of his character. But I could see him turning into a serial killer. Robbing people of their warmth and lives, because he and Nora are suffering too. He's just filled with a burning hatred and jealousy of others.
I can see that happening to him and I imagine he has been pushed over the edge towards that path a few times. It's not a stretch to believe he could be like.
He's lost all his empathy that he possessed as a doctor.
But Freeze is a tragic character. His motivation is love, really.
If they wanted, they could just tell a story of him after Nora finally recovered and she found love with somebody else. Freeze then dedicates his remaining days at making people suffer like he is.