Nora met Victor Fries in a boarding school, and later they are married. Shortly after, Nora fell terminally ill with a malady. Victor discovered a way to put Nora into cryostasis, hoping to sustain her until a cure could be found. In time her husband would become one of Batman's well known enemies, Mr. Freeze. Over time she would fall to pieces while in her frozen state, but Freeze would fortunately put her back together.
Freeze helped Nyssa al Ghul by creating a machine for the Society that could also be used to capture Batgirl, and in return, Nyssa would help him restore his wife using the Lazarus Pit. Instead, they put Nora in the pits themselves. But because of all the years of being altered and broken, she had absorbed the pit's alchemy, giving her the powers to conjure flame and reanimate the dead. Calling herself Lazara, she became a powerful villain. Freeze later had no choice but to freeze her into a block of ice in order to stop her.
The New 52
After the events of Flashpoint, it is revealed that Nora was never Victor Fries' wife and is in fact Nora Fields, a woman from 1943 who was put in cryogenic suspension when she was discovered to be dying of a rare heart condition. Fries became obsessed with curing Nora ever since she wound up in his department of Wayne Enterprises, with the accident occurring during an argument with Bruce Wayne due to Bruce's disagreement with Fries' interest in the patient, arguing that Nora is old enough to be his grandmother.
Following DC Rebirth, Nora was changed back to being the frozen wife of Mr. Freeze. In this universe, Victor (assisted by Lex Luthor) managed to finally cure Nora's illness and bring her back. As a result, Nora shared a condition similar to that of her husband's and had to be kept in sub-zero temperatures.
Having been driven mad by her new life, Nora began calling herself Mrs. Freeze and became the criminal-accomplice to her husband.
Powers and Abilities
- Conjure flame and reanimate the dead (as Lazara)
- Cold Adaptation: Her altered biology caused his skin cells to become storage units for the cold to help her body chemistry to be comfortably chilled, allowing her to become both entirely immune and adapted to sub-freezing temperatures
- Thermokinesis: Because of Fries' extremely low body temperature, anything her skin comes into contact with will freeze.
- Immortality: Nora achieved immortality when her husband Victor placed her in a cryogenic sleep until he could find a cure for the disease that plagued her body.
In Other Media
- Main article: Nora Fries (Schumacherverse)
DC Animated Universe
- Main article: Nora Fries (DC Animated Universe)
- Main article: Nora Fries (Kristen Hager)
- Nora appears in Gotham season 2 episodes "Mr. Freeze" and "A Dead Man Feels No Cold". Unlike most versions of the character, Nora commits suicide shortly before her husband freezes her, which leads to Victor attempting to kill himself just like Nora. However Victor has been exposed to his formula for a while and his cells have mutated, causing his skin to bleach, his hair to go chalk white, and been impossible for him to live in higher than zero temperatures.
In one of the alternate Earths seen in the TV series Elseworlds, Nora Fries is an inmate of Arkham Asylum kept in crysostasis. She is released by the psychiatrist John Deegan (Doctor Destiny) and gets into a fight with Killer Frost while using her husband's freeze-ray.
Batman: Arkham Series
Nora is mentioned several times throughout Batman: The Enemy Within. Her body is kept in Mr. Freeze's private area in the Old Five Points, though she is never seen by Bruce Wayne. When "John Doe" activates the EMP generator, her chamber is shut down until the device is deactivated, prompting their first meeting. Bruce can win Mr. Freeze's alliance by offering to look after Nora in case he is arrested. During the attack on the SANCTUS laboritory, it is revealed that Freeze had been seeking the LOTUS virus to cure her condition. When the Agency raid the Old Five Points, it is presumed they collected Nora and her chamber, in addition to samples of Riddler's blood.
Nora is mentioned in Mister Freeze's dialogue.