Captain Cold is a male comic supervillain that features in DC Comics.
His father was once in the police force but during one day at a routine traffic stop a mishap happened causing his partner to die with him being shot in the arm. He had a history of being drunk leading to him being kicked out of the police leading to him getting support through disability payments. His payment he regularly physically abused with him violently hitting her to the point that she had black eyes and her becoming angry in their marriage. Leonard and his sister grew up during this time in a trailer outside of Central City. Their father was equally abusive to his children where he beat them for showing signs of emotions such as love as he saw it as weakness. The beatings led to his mother running away frequently but she always returned. The only source of stability in the Snart household was from Leonard's grandfather who would knock his son out to protect his grandchildren. Leonard and Lisa's grandfather delivered ice where he took them out regularly to places as well as treated them kindly. Their grandfather later died just before Leonard turned twelve. (Flash v2 #182)
A year after his mother died, Leonard decided to leave home and escape his still living abusive father. Despite the pleas of his sister, he left her at the home and began associating himself with criminals. (Flash v2 #182)
Desperate to find a way of overcoming the Flash, he learnt of a magazine that compiled scientific information on the superhero. He broke into the offices of the magazine and stole the material that spoke about a Cyclotron and its capacity to perhaps interfere with the Flash's speed. Thus, Len Snart broke into the research laboratory containing a Cyclotron that accidently irradiated his gun. When a night watchman confronted him, Snart fired and he learnt that his gun had the ability to freeze objects it hit. With this weapon, he fashioned a costume of his own design and took the name Captain Cold with him targeting a bank that he had frozen. With its occupants frozen, he stole the money whilst the people were thawing when he was confronted by the Flash. His cold-gun was ineffective against the heroes super-speed but his quick thinking saw him freeze the ground causing the Flash to loose his grip allowing Captain Cold to flee. He then sought to study his gun to change its effects in order for it to be more useful against the Flash where he ambushed he superhero only to be defeated by him. (Showcase v1 #8)
Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.
In the aftermath, Snart took his role as the head of security for LexCorp. (Justice League v2 #35)
Whilst in Iron Heights, he and the Rogues used duplicates of themselves to appear as if they were in their prison cells whilst they went underground the prison. From there, Snart established a criminal empire with Iron Heights serving as his secret base of operations. He quickly moved to establish himself as the crime lord of Central City bringing him into a clash with Copperhead whose operations suffered as the result of Snart. This caused her to ultimately decide to form an alliance with him and him sending her a peace offering. The Rogues then decided to admit Godspeed into their ranks if he helped in capturing the Flash with him luring the speedster into a trap. (The Flash v5 #37) They managed to lure the Flash into an Absolute Zero field where the cold caused his him to become sluggish and slow enough for Captain Cold to fight. During the fight, August Heart betrayed the Rogues and switched off the energy field after learning of Snart having sabotaged a shipment of cold weapons to Copperhead. Once free, the Flash managed to capture all the Rogues and exposed them due to the testimony of August Heart. It was also discovered that Captain Cold was responsible for the murder of Turbine. As a result, he was transferred out of Iron Heights and given over to Belle Reve under the care of Amanda Waller. (The Flash v5 #38) Whilst there, he was forced to work as part of Task Force X's Suicide Squad where he was involved in many missions that saw the death of his team mates. This mentally broke Snart who was more content to survive until his cell was broken into by a drone that had an offer from Lex Luthor. (The Flash v5 #75)
The Flash manage to undo the world that encased Central City but King Cold refused to be defeated by his nemesis. However, the Flash was affected by a surge in the Speed Force that caused him to act of control and he nearly beat Snart to death. The Scarlet Speedster was only stopped by Golden Glider who was desperate to save her brother with the wounded Leonard being taken away by the authorities. (The Flash v5 #86)
Personality and attributes
He was also known as Len Snart and the self-styled Master of Cold. (Showcase v1 #8) After mastering his absolute zero technology, he came to call himself King Cold. (The Flash v5 #86)
As a crook, he was noted for his ambition. (Showcase v1 #8)
He vandalised, assaulted and stole as part of his acts. He sometimes killed but only did so in two circumstances, either; where it was killed or be killed and the other was when he wanted revenge. (Flash v2 #182) Upon becoming a supervillain, he stated that there were only three things he liked; money, women and getting a victory over the Flash. (The Flash v5 #37)
Leonard believed that forgiveness was a fool's game with people never changing as they stayed the same from birth until the day they died. (The Flash v5 #38)
Snart fondly remembered his grandfather who protected him and his sister from their father. A regret he had was not being able to properly remember him as he was a child at the time and by the time he grew older his grandfather had passed away. Upon his death, the Snart siblings came to believe that all the good things in their lives died with their grandfather. After his death, the brother and sister learnt never to shed a single tear again with Leonard never crying again for anything. (Flash v2 #182)
Powers and abilities
Snart was shown to be intelligent enough to understand scientific articles though was unable to work more complex equipment. He was able to experiment on his own equipment in order to study it and mix it with other elements. (Showcase v1 #8)
Captain Cold wore a special suit that was of his own design and he wore special ground glasses that could see through his own mirages. (Showcase v1 #8) The glasses protected the eyes from the flare of gunfire and had a police band receive in them allowing him to hear the communications of the police force. (Flash v2 #182)
He was armed with a Cold-Gun that emitted energy that shot out absolute zero cold which was minus 460 degree Fahrenheit and capable of freezing targets solid. After mixing with liquid helium, the gun had the effect of causing strange mirages similar to those generated by intense heat. Cold based mirages were even more fantastic with Snart's gun able to create illusions of animals that faded away after sometime. (Showcase v1 #8) It could generate a cold field that slowed projectiles in the air like bullets causing them to fall harmlessly on the ground. (Flash v2 #182)
Through his equipment, he could generate a cold-field whereby the air was so frigid that it slowed anything through it including bullets. (Justice League v2 #38)
Lex Luthor later provided him with his technology allowing Snart to master his absolute zero science. This saw him use implants to make the technology part of his body allowing him to fire his absolute zero blasts from his hands. As King Cold, he had the means of generating the absolute zero field around him to the point that it could slow a speedster. (The Flash v5 #86)
- Captain Cold was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino where he first appeared in Showcase v1 #8 (June, 1957).
- In Old Lady Harley v1 #3 (2018), an alternate version of the character appeared as General Cold who was shown to had operated in a post-apocalyptic future where the villains ruled the world.
In other media
- In The Flash, Captain Cold appeared as an antagonist in the 1990s live-action television series in the episode "Captain Cold" where he was portrayed by actor Michael Champion. This version was named Leonard Wynters who was an infamous albino hitman who was dressed in a trenchcoat and was armed with a nuclear-powered freeze weapon that killed his victims. He was hired by the Central City crime boss Jimmy Swain and sent on a hit to kill local mob bosses and also the Flash who eventually managed to defeat Captain Cold.
- In Justice League Unlimited. Captain Cold appeared as an antagonist in the DC Animated Universe in the episode "Flash and Substance" where he was voiced by actor Lex Lang.
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Captain Cold appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Steven Blum.
- In Young Justice, Captain Cold made a number of appearances in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Alan Tudyk.
- In the Arrowverse, Captain Cold made multiple appearances in the shared continuity setting.
- In The Flash, Leonard Snart appeared as an antagonist in the 2014 live-action television series where he was portrayed by actor Wentworth Miller.
- In Legends of Tomorrow, Leonard Snart appeared as part of the cast of characters on the live-action television series where he was once again portrayed by actor Wentworth Miller.
- In Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Captain Cold made a minor appearance in the animated film where he was voiced by uncredited actor Michael Gough.
- In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Captain Cold appeared briefly in the animated film where he was voiced by actor Danny Jacobs.
- In JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, Captain Cold appeared in the animated film where he was voiced by actor Corey Burton.
- In DC Universe Online, Captain Cold appeared in the MMORPG video game where he was voiced by actor Ryan Wickerham.
- In Injustice 2, Captain Cold appeared as a playable character in the fighting video game where he was voiced by actor C. Thomas Howell. He became a member of Grodd's Society after the Rogues and his sister Golden Glider were executed by Superman's One Earth Regime. As a result, he became more ruthless and sought revenge against the planet's superheroes.
- In DC Legends, Captain Cold appeared as a playable character in the mobile video game.
- In DC: Unchained, Captain Cold appeared as a playable character in the mobile video game.
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