All too often, heroes and villains have tragic backstories. Even if their origin tale isn't necessarily tragic, some mix of activities, circumstances, or actions led them to become someone else, and that change has serious effects. Dr. Andrea Letamendi has spoken about the psychology of characters such as Batman and Iron Man in the past, and now she's teamed up with Brian Ward for a weekly podcast "dedicated to the psychological analysis of Batman: The Animated Series." The Arkham Sessions isn't quite like any other podcast you've heard before.
They're going through the episodes of the fantastic animated series one by one (in disk order) and breaking it down. Letamendi and Ward look at both the heroes and villains, offer insightful thoughts about the story, and relate the fictional situations to the real world. It's not only entertaining and enjoyable, it's educational. Their discussions definitely make me think of the characters differently - usually more compassionately. If you'd like to get a deeper understanding of one of the best on-screen presentations of Batman and his sidekicks and villains, this is the podcast you're looking for.
Keep up with the latest episodes by becoming a fan of their Facebook page or subscribe on iTunes You can also listen to the podcast with Libsyn.