Category Archives: Villains

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 91: “Live! The Psychology of Harley Quinn with Jimmy Palmiotti”

Harley Quinn has evolved from The Joker’s sidekick to a kick-butt protag with agency, tenacity and personality that leaps off the pages of comics.  For this special edition of our… Read the Rest »

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 90: “Batman Day”

As many of you know, I have a special ‘bond’ with Batman, and it all began with Batman: The Animated Series! Now, as a psychologist, I often turn to comic… Read the Rest »

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 89: “Suicide Squad”

In this special episode of The Arkham Sessions, we give our psychology-focused review of the 2016 film, Suicide Squad, offering up our thoughts about Jared Leto’s Joker, Margot Robbie’s Harley… Read the Rest »

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 88: “The Killing Joke”

How could we not analyze the most controversial and divisive Batman story ever written?! Love it or hate it, The Killing Joke is one of the most influential and consequential books… Read the Rest »

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 81: “Riddler’s Reform”

To Batman’s surprise, The Riddler has been released from Arkham Asylum for “good behavior.” In an even more head-scratching move, The Riddler decides to launch a lucrative toy line, selling… Read the Rest »

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 80: “Showdown”

What can 50 years of punishment do to the human mind? Psychological experiments as well as real-life harrowing stories of captivity reveal that social isolation and sensory deprivation can have… Read the Rest »

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 76: “Bane”

After 75 episodes, we finally spotlight the iconic Batman villain, Bane! Most may know Bane from the film The Dark Knight Rises (2012) as a revolutionary with barely indiscernible language,… Read the Rest »

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 69: “Avatar”

This week, our caped co-hosts revisit the “backfire effect” and answer questions about this psychological term that refers to our tendency to hold strongly to our beliefs when given evidence… Read the Rest »

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 68: “Trial”

Once again, Batman finds himself in a straight jacket!  He’s been captured by the super-villains of Gotham City and taken into Arkham Asylum, the facility for the “criminally insane.”  And… Read the Rest »

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 66: “Sideshow”

In this episode, we tackle the challenging topic of behavioral reformation. Can criminal offenders really reform? Is criminality something a person can overcome? Or is a law-breaking lifestyle simply inevitable… Read the Rest »