Arnold Schwarzenegger made an unforgettable impression as Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin. Say what you will about the movie but it is impossible to ever forget the Austrian-American’s performance and his endless ice puns. Even if it is widely regarded as one of the worst comic book movies of all time, there is no doubt that Mr. Freeze and Schwarzenegger’s performance of him is an all-timer. And if a new report is true, it sounds like we could be seeing him one more time.
Insider Daniel Richtman is reporting that Warner Bros. is trying to get Arnold Schwarzenegger to show up as Mr. Freeze for a cameo role in The Flash. It sounds like the movie is planning to be a celebration of DC film history, and there is no argument that Batman & Robin‘s Mr. Freeze played an important role in that history. If the movie is able to nab the actor, it could prove to be one of the more humorous and meta elements to The Flash. And there is a guarantee that such a cameo appearance would be newsworthy to film and comic book fans.
If this report is true, it looks like both Marvel and DC are racing towards a multiverse cameo extravaganza. Arnold Schwarzenegger joins a huge list of notable stars who could be showing up in future Marvel and DC projects. From Michael Keaton to Tom Cruise, it has been made clear that the future of comic book cinema is going to be loaded with cameos and high-profile talent. With both companies committing to their multiverse shenanigans, it is pretty certain that we are about to see a lot of these kinds of news reports in the coming years.
But, what makes the possibility of Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to the role of Mr. Freeze a little special is the negative reception that the character and actor garnered from Batman & Robin. Most people want to see cameos or actors that reflect some element of positivity. By having Mr. Freeze from Batman & Robin show up, it could actually take advantage of that negative legacy and poke fun at itself. Audiences are always game to see Arnold poke fun at his own persona and career. Having him return as Mr. Freeze and reference his own bad ice puns could provide some meta-humor for The Flash. And it certainly sounds like that is the gameplan with that movie.
We will have to wait and see if this report about Arnold Schwarzenegger ends up being true, but if it does, we could not be more excited. Getting to see such a corny, cheesy version of Mr. Freeze on the big screen one more time sounds like the kind of goofball fun that we could use in comic book cinema. And could this celebrity cameo only be the tip of the iceberg? What other surprises are in store with The Flash? As soon as we hear any new reports, we will make sure to relay them to you with the utmost urgency.