Nora Fries
Nora Fries.jpg
Cover art of Detective Comics #1014 (October 2019). Art by Doug Mahnke
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceAs Nora:
Batman: The Animated Series: "Heart of Ice"
First comic appearance:
Batman: Mr. Freeze
(May 1997)
As Lazara:
Batgirl #70 (January 2006)
As Mrs. Freeze:
Detective Comics #1014 (October 2019)
Created by(As Nora):
Paul Dini (writer)
Bruce Timm (artist)
As Lazara:
Andersen Gabrych (writer)
Pop Mhan (artist)
As Mrs. Freeze:
Peter J. Tomasi (writer)
Doug Mahnke (artist)
In-story information
PartnershipsVictor Fries
Notable aliasesLazara
Mrs. Freeze
AbilitiesAs Lazara:
Reanimation of the dead
Conjure flame
Immortality

Nora Fries, also known as Mrs. Freeze, is a fictional character appearing in media published by DC Entertainment, commonly in stories featuring the superhero Batman. She is married to Batman villain Mr. Freeze, and was introduced in the DC Animated Universe (DCAU) TV series Batman: The Animated Series, before being adapted into the comic books. Across most versions, Nora suffers from a terminal illness and is kept cryogenically frozen until a cure can be found. Nora doesn't play a major role in most stories beyond serving as Freeze's motivation for turning to a life of crime, which is to cure her illness by any means necessary. However, the character has also been depicted as a supervillain, under the alias Lazara.

Nora Fries made her live-action debut in the 1997 film Batman & Robin, played by supermodel Vendela Kirsebom Thomessen. She has also appeared in the second season of Gotham portrayed by Kristen Hager, the 2018 Arrowverse crossover event Elseworlds, portrayed by Cassandra Jean Amell, and Batwoman portrayed by Jennifer Higgin when her aging started to continue rapidly.

Fictional character biography

DC Animated Universe

After marrying Victor Fries, a GothCorp cryogenics researcher, Nora is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Victor uses the company's equipment to cryogenically freeze his wife until a cure can be found. However, GothCorp CEO Ferris Boyle cuts the funding and confronts Victor in the latter's laboratory to personally shut down the project, which subsequently leads to Victor being transformed into Mr. Freeze. In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Heart of Ice", Nora is stated to be dead following the lab's destruction. However, the episode "Deep Freeze" reveals that Nora is still alive within her cryogenic chamber.

As of the film Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, Victor retrieved Nora's chamber and brought it to an Arctic cave until a submarine crew accidentally damages it. Victor murders the crew before bribing an old colleague into helping him kidnap Barbara Gordon as she shares Nora's rare blood type. While Batman intervenes and rescues Gordon, Nora is ultimately cured by Dr. Lyle Johnston of Wayne Enterprises.

In The New Batman Adventures episode "Cold Comfort", Nora is said to have waited for the presumed dead Victor for some time before eventually marrying her doctor Francis D'Anjou. This subplot is expanded upon in volume two of The Batman Adventures tie-in comic series, in which D'Anjou stages his abduction and death in order to frame Victor and make Nora hate him. After D'Anjou is defeated and arrested by Nightwing, Nora reunites with Victor in the Arctic Circle, revealing she never truly loved D'Anjou, before Victor gets in a fight with Batman and the former's head is lost in the Arctic Ocean. After talking to the incarcerated D'Anjou and Victor's adoptive Inuit son Koonak, Nora returns to the Arctic Circle to find Victor. As of the sequel comic series Batman: The Adventures Continue, Nora died after her terminal illness returned.

Comic books

Falling ill

Nora is an attractive and gentle girl. She meets Victor Fries in a strict boarding school and later marries him. Shortly after their marriage, Nora falls terminally ill. Victor discovers a way to put Nora into cryostasis, hoping to sustain her until a cure can be found. In time her husband will become one of Batman's well-known enemies, Mr. Freeze.[1] Over time she falls to pieces in her ice state, but Freeze puts her back together again.

Lazara

Freeze helps Nyssa al Ghul by creating a machine for the Society that can also be used to capture Batgirl. In return, Nyssa has offered to help him restore his wife using the Lazarus Pit. Though Nyssa has told him the pit needs to be adjusted for Nora, Batgirl convinces Freeze that Nyssa has no intention of reviving her at all, and he throws Nora into the pit himself.[2]

Because of all the years of being altered and broken, Nora absorbs the pit's alchemy, acquiring the powers to conjure flame and reanimate the dead. She becomes a supervillainess, calling herself Lazara. Mr. Freeze manages to stop her by freezing her once again.[3]

The New 52

Nora's history was revised as of DC Comics' 2011 reboot of its continuity, The New 52. Nora Fries is now Nora Fields, a woman born in 1943 and placed in cryostasis by her parents at age 23 due to her being diagnosed with incurable heart disease. Her case was taken on by Wayne Enterprises employee Victor Fries, who fell in love with her, becoming obsessed to such a degree that he began believing that she was his wife. The project was terminated by Bruce Wayne, and in rage, Victor threw a chair at him. Wayne dodged the chair, which hit a freezing chemical tank and left Fries's body permanently ruined due to the blistering cold while also causing him to become Mr. Freeze.[volume & issue needed]

Sometime later, Mr. Freeze escapes his cell and tries to steal Nora's body and flee Gotham while also vowing to kill Bruce Wayne. Batman intervenes and ultimately tells Freeze the truth concerning Freeze's "wife" with Freeze reacting angrily, saying that it's all lies. The two later engage in a fight with Batman eventually emerging as the victor and stopping Freeze.[volume & issue needed]

This version of Victor and Nora's relationship has been acknowledged as far more disturbing than previous adaptions, to the point of actually bothering Batman, who comments to Freeze that Nora is old enough to be his grandmother.[4]

DC Rebirth

The Nora from New 52 had been retconned, thereby making her history more similar to the animated series and post-Zero Hour. She was the wife of Victor Fries (having a career as a talented ballerina) but discovered she had an incurable type of cancer. She had wanted to live the last years of the life of her own free will, but her husband forced her into the cryogenic storage.

Several years later due to the events in "Year of the Villain", Lex Luthor gives Mr. Freeze a vial that would cure and furthermore revive his frozen wife. Mr. Freeze had to kidnap several women who matched his late wife's characteristics, in both mental and physical states, going as far as modifying their DNA to hers in order to experiment with the vial before reviving his wife. In the end, it worked, and his wife came back to life cured. She soon took up the name Mrs. Freeze.[5]

DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults

Nora and Victor's backgrounds and the beginnings of their romance are the premise of Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story, written by Lauren Myracle and with art by Isaac Goodhart, released in November 2020.[6] Nora's full maiden name is Elinor Grace Faria in this version.

Powers and abilities

After emerging from the Lazarus Pit, Nora Fries becomes Lazara. Lazara is a supervillainess who can summon fire and raise the dead. She blames her husband Victor Fries for her transformation.

In Rebirth, she is given same chemicals that caused Mr. Freeze's transformation, leaving her to survive in Sub-zero temperatures.

In other media

Television

Film

Nora Fries appears in Batman & Robin, portrayed by Vendela Kirsebom Thomessen. This version suffers from an advanced form of the fictional illness, MacGregor's Syndrome.

Video games

Nora Fries appears in Batman: The Enemy Within. This version's body is kept in the Pact's hideout, of which her husband Mr. Freeze is a member.

Batman: Arkham

Nora Fries appears in the Batman: Arkham franchise:

Miscellaneous

References

  1. ^ Greenberger, Robert (2008). The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. pp. 141–142. ISBN 9780345501066.
  2. ^ Andersen Gabrych (w), Pop Mhan (p), Jesse Delperdang, Robin Riggs (i). "Love's Labors..." Batgirl 69 (December 2005), DC Comics
  3. ^ Andersen Gabrych (w), Pop Mhan (p), Jesse Delperdang, Dan Davis (i). "The Resurrection and the Life" Batgirl 70 (January 2006), DC Comics
  4. ^ Batman (vol. 2) Annual #1. DC Comics.
  5. ^ Tomasi, Peter; Mahnke, Doug (October 2019). Detective Comics #1014 - Cold Dark World: Awake!. DC Comics.
  6. ^ Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story at DC Comics
  7. ^ Hayner, Chris A. (October 30, 2015). "'Gotham' Casts 'Being Human' Star as Nora Fries - Wife of Mr. Freeze". Zap2it.
  8. ^ Bruno Heller, Megan Mostyn-Brown (2015-03-07). "A Dead Man Feels No Cold". Gotham. Season 2. Episode 13. Fox.
  9. ^ Gelman, Vlada (September 14, 2018). "Cassandra Jean Amell Joins Arrowverse Crossover as Mr. Freeze's Wife". TVLine. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  10. ^ Hyndman, Tom (April 24, 2020). "Thawing Hearts". Harley Quinn. Season 2. Episode 4. DC Universe.
  11. ^ @cissyspeaks (27 October 2016). "@ZNathanson I loved giving her a voice ❤️" (Tweet) – via Twitter.