221 episodes

THE ARKHAM SESSIONS, by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a podcast dedicated to the observation and clinical analysis of the characters in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.

The Arkham Sessions: Psychology of Batman & More Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 270 Ratings

THE ARKHAM SESSIONS, by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a podcast dedicated to the observation and clinical analysis of the characters in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.

    Episode 221 "WonderCon 2024: X-amining the X-Men"

    Episode 221 "WonderCon 2024: X-amining the X-Men"

    For this year's WonderCon, we pulled together some amazing old and new friends to examine the psychology of the X-Men. Included in that list of friends was original X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES showrunner Eric Lewald; X-MEN: TAS writer Julia Lewald; X-MEN '97 writer JB Ballard; and X-MEN superfan and co-founder of Hero's Journey Fitness, located in Burbank, California, David Nett!

    • 52 min
    Episode 220 "X-Men: Slave Island"

    Episode 220 "X-Men: Slave Island"

    A small group of X-Men are captured and taken to labor camps on the island of Genosha. This episode depicts multiple responses to oppressive-related stress, ranging from learned helplessness to psychological fortitude to organized rebellion, and carries a throughline reminiscent of real-life liberation movements led by civil rights leaders: "knowledge is power."
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 219 "X-Men: Cold Vengeance"

    Episode 219 "X-Men: Cold Vengeance"

    Feeling rejected, Wolverine leaves the X-Mansion on a search to find some inner peace. Meanwhile, the rest of the X-Men are sent by Professor X to investigate the island of Genosha, a seemingly pleasant vacation destination rumored to be welcoming to mutants. Both quests raise tensions related to ingroup and outgroup relationships.
    Dr. Drea also revisits the practice of "trigger warnings" and whether those disclaimers are necessary or effective. 
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 218 "X-Men: Captive Hearts"

    Episode 218 "X-Men: Captive Hearts"

    The X-Men discover an underground band of Morlocks, a gang of mutant misfits who perceive themselves as "too unsightly" to live and socialize among non-mutant humans, so they live in the tunnels below the city. With Scott and Jean captured, the X-Men set out to rescue them, but must also address their own safety, specifically, psychological safety.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 217 "Merry Little Batman"

    Episode 217 "Merry Little Batman"

    To celebrate the holiday season, The Arkham Sessions takes a detour back to Gotham City! Merry Little Batman (2023), a new animated film by Warner Bros. and DC Studios (but released on Amazon!), is an Elseworld holiday special that takes place on the night before Christmas. Bruce Wayne has retired to focus his attention on raising his son, Damian, in what has been a crime-free Gotham. However, little Damian's obsession with becoming a superhero lands him into a lot of trouble--and triggers the resurgence of the city's most contemptible villains.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 216 "X-Men: Deadly Reunions"

    Episode 216 "X-Men: Deadly Reunions"

    In "Deadly Reunions," we learn that Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X) uses an incredible superpower involving mind-melding and probing the memories of his students. Though he calls it "therapy," Professor X's methods are uncomfortably invasive, coercive, and arguably unethical.
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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
270 Ratings

270 Ratings

Jkiepper ,

Batman animated series reviews

I just found your guys podcast. It’s really awesome and insightful. I went back 10 years to begin listening to your review of each episode after watching them. I’ve really enjoyed them and I love your voice Andrea although it makes me fall asleep sometimes while listening to your podcast at night lol keep up the great work

imayb2015 ,

Love but one critique

I love the podcast, but I wish Brian would stop interrupting Andrea so much. We want to hear both of their points, without that!

john loui ,


Like this podcast I always have

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