Remember that one of the first ideas for Frozen was that about Elsa being the cold hearted villain and having her heart thawed by a kind hearted man? Well, that one was going to be Hans’ role on that version of Frozen.
People can easily figure this out not only by having left out the both interesting and complex characters that Elsa and Hans are. But also for this precious piece of concept art:
The movie evolved into something completely different. They had a young fearful woman to ‘seem’ like a villain. And a kind hearted young man to turn out ‘to be’ a villain.
What they did with Elsa was amazing. Having her as a villain would have been interesting too. But Hans? They ripped his character out. At least that’s one of the things I think.
It is fact that Helsa was meant to be canon. I think a producer or concept artist confirmed that on an interview or something. I know I read it somewhere, and the picture is there to prove it too. But some people may not know this because they simply aren’t interested on the idea. Or don’t care.
I care. And I think Frozen 2 could be the great oportunity to switch the roles again and have the heroin to thaw the cold hearted villain’s heart.