The Snowy Cones Ice Cream was the lair of Mr. Freeze in the Batman and Robin film. And Batman also discovers the cure to save someone he loves at the ice cream factory as well. The role of Mr. Freeze was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The studio paid him 25 times more than George Clooney to play the role of Mr. Freeze. It is only the second instance in Batman films that the paycheck of any other cast member was more than the actor playing Batman. The first such instance was when Jack Nicholson played the role of The Joker in Batman (1989 Film).
But not only did the film turn out to be a box-office bomb, but Arnold was also panned universally for his portrayal of Mr. Freeze. He even got nominated for a Razzie award for his role as Mr. Freeze.
Batman and Robin is also the only live-action film that featured Batgirl to date. We will look at the story of Batman And Robin and also discuss the significance of the snow cones ice cream factory in the movie. This is the lowest-grossing Batman movie ever as well as the Batman movie with the least critical score.
Batman & Robin
The film is centered around the two titular characters taking on Mr. Freeze and save Gotham. Poison Ivy and Bane were also a part of this film as secondary antagonists. The movie starts when Batman and Robin are looking for clues to catch a new villain that steals diamonds in high-end robberies in Gotham.
And even freezes Robin in one of their encounters leaving only eleven minutes to thaw him out before he dies. He further warns Batman not to come in his way.
Poison Ivy And Bane
Meanwhile, at a Wayne Enterprises lab, a deranged scientist is working on a secret formula that turned the serial killer Antonio into Bane. But when her assistant threatened to release his experiments to the public, he attacked her by exposing her to a wide range of experimental drugs.
The chemicals changed her into the seductive Poison Ivy. She kills the scientist with her deadly kiss. This is because of her ability to transfer death toxins to the receiver of the kiss. Both Poison Ivy and Bane head towards Gotham vowing to destroy Wayne Tech if he refuses to fund Ivy’s research.
Batman Saving Nora
Batman and Robin are able to trap and capture freeze incarcerating him into Arkham Asylum. But he is able to break out of there with the help of Ivy and Bane. With the former brainwashing him into believing that Batman killed his wife Nora by disconnecting the cryogenic chamber from its power source.
Mr. Freeze is shattered at this thought and sheds a tear that freezes on his cheek. While in reality, Batman is the one who saves Nora and Ivy is the one who disconnects the power at Snowy Cones Ice Cream Factory.
While at the ice cream factory, Batman and Robin discover how the wife of Mr. Freeze died from an advanced stage of MacGregor’s Syndrome. And also find out that Mr. Freeze has also discovered the cure to treat the initial stages of this deadly disease as well. On finding this information as well as Nora frozen in her cryogenic chamber, Batman shifts her into a secure facility.
But due to the misunderstanding created by Ivy, Mr. Freeze sets in motion his plan to freeze Gotham along with its inhabitants. He initially wanted to freeze the city to get the money from the city’s founders so that he can continue his research on MacGregor’s Syndrome. But when he was led to believe that Nora had actually died, he became hell-bent on freezing Gotham and killing everyone in it.
Mr. Freeze fulfills his plan and freezes Gotham and also destroys the machine that can reverse this freezing leaving Batman only 11 minutes before everyone dies.
Batman along with Robin and Batgirl was able to thaw the city using satellites and saved everyone from their imminent deaths. And confronts Mr. Freeze revealing that his wife is alive and it was Ivy who disconnected her chamber and left her to die.
He further inspires Mr. Freeze into giving him two vials of the cure to early stages of MacGregor’s Syndrome for none other than Alfred Pennyworth. The movie ends with Poison Ivy becoming the cellmate of Mr. Freeze who vows to make her life a living hell for what she did.
Significance of the Ice Cream Factory
Batman was only able to locate the ice cream factory after the arrest of Mr. Freeze. While he had been operating from there and was able to perform several successful robberies prior to that. The ice cream is also quite significant in the way that Batman discovers that Alfred can be saved, at the factory as well.
The abandoned ice cream factory was also the ideal place for a person like Mr. Freeze. As it had all the space that he required for his experimentation. It also had freezing equipment pre-installed that Mr. Freeze altered to control the temperature of his liking.
Freeze also kept Nora in a cryo-tank in a secret room hidden at the ice cream factory which Batman later discovered. And because of this reason, the Ice cream factory was as essential for Freeze as Batcave is for Batman.
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