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Ferris Boyle
Freeze in reach of revenge
Information
Species: Human
Hair: Black with White streak
Eyes: Blue
Base: Gotham City
Affiliations: GothCorp (formerly)
Voiced by: Mark Hamill

"Look, Bruce, that 'People Company' line is great PR, but when the wage slaves start acting like they own the place, it's time to pull the plug. Know what I mean?"

Ferris Boyle was the CEO of GothCorp.

History

Boyle played on the stereotype of CEOs being greedy and uncaring by promoting GothCorp as "The People Company". Through putting employees and customers before his own wellbeing, Boyle had built a very good business reputation. He was even nominated for Gotham City's Humanitarian Industrialist of the Year.

Ferrischarade

Boyle keeping up the image of a "compassionate" humanitarian.

It was, however, all an act: underneath, Boyle was as greedy, ruthless, and coldhearted as any of those "hardboiled businessmen" he claimed to have distanced himself from. Boyle confided that in a meeting with Bruce Wayne, said that they were both businessmen and that there was a difference between what they did and what the public expected. A year before his nomination, Boyle became infuriated when Dr. Victor Fries, a GothCorp scientist, used company equipment without authorization, and also put Boyle into debt. Boyle confronted Fries in his lab with two security guards and ordered him to shut down his unauthorized "project". Fries pleaded that the "project" was actually a stasis tube that prevented his terminally ill wife, Nora Fries, from dying, and that shutting it off would kill her. Boyle was not moved in the slightest, and ordered his guards to disconnect the equipment. In desperation, Fries seized a gun and ordered them to stay back. Boyle, who exercised some of his old charm, appealed to Fries to be reasonable, and promised that they could work things out without violence—which caused Fries to lower the gun, just long enough for Boyle to kick him in the chest and sent him crashing backwards into a table of unstable chemicals. Boyle and his guards fled the scene, and presumed that Fries and his wife had both died. He gave a mental shrug, and went on with the business of running his company.

In fact, Fries had survived, though his body chemistry was radically altered. After he believed that Nora was dead, Fries began a campaign of vengeance against GothCorp and Boyle, which culminated on an attack on the building where Boyle accepted his humanitarian award. Boyle was shocked to recognize his assailant as the presumed—dead Victor Fries. Boyle was reduced to begging for his life as Freeze slowly froze him in ice from the feet up with his Freeze Gun, until Batman arrived and subdued Freeze. After he saved Boyle, Batman then handed over to Summer Gleeson a videotape of the tragic accident, and didn't bother to free Boyle from the ice.

Although the tape technically was incontrovertible proof of Boyle's crimes and was enough to ruin his reputation, it was unknown if it sent Boyle to prison, given the method of its acquisition.

Background Information

Boyle did not appear again in the animated series. He did appear in deleted material that was meant for issues of the comic book, Batman: Gotham Adventures, in which he was killed by a robotic doppelganger of Freeze that was made by Nora's new husband, Francis D'Anjou, in order to frame Victor.

Ferris Boyle was Mark Hamill's first ever voice role for Batman: The Animated Series (and thus, for the DCAU). He had originally been eager to play one of the regular villains, especially The Joker, but the part had already been given to Tim Curry. However, Hamill's performance as the slimy Boyle tremendously impressed the makers of the series, and so, when Curry dropped out, Hamill was one of their first choices to replace him as the Joker.

Appearance

Batman: The Animated Series

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