As picked by YOU, the readers, in BATMADNESS: The Animated Tournament…
UPDATED 9/5/22: Batman: The Animated Series debuted 30 years ago! Perfect time to re-present this piece from 2020-21’s BATMADNESS tournament. Dig it. — Dan
After weeks of voting through a Sweet 16 of Batman: The Animated Series episodes — selected by writer Fred Van Lente and artist Ryan Dunlavey — you, the readers, have made your choice known, loud and clear, through hundreds of ballots:
Heart of Ice — the story that redefined Mr. Freeze for the last generation — is the greatest of all BTAS episodes.
The ep, which debuted Sept. 7, 1992, was actually a second-seed selection by Fred, who had this to say about the classic: “Another great tragic, villain-based episode and debut script from BTAS co-MVP Paul Dini. It’s a particularly brilliant little detail that Batman catches a cold from Mr. Freeze, so Alfred gives him a Thermos of hot chicken soup that later becomes an important plot device. Listen for Mark Hamill in a pre-Joker performance as a scumbag executive.”
The installment, written by Paul Dini and directed by Bruce Timm, bested Two-Face in the BATMADNESS final earlier this week. (If you want to check out the whole slate of 16 and how the tournament went down, click here.)
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