The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 43: “Moon of the Wolf”

Two Alaskan Timber Wolves go missing at Gotham Zoo around the same time a man is attacked in a park by a “mugger in a wolf mask.” Batman, of course, knows this isn’t mere coincidence, and moves into action. Meanwhile, we get to know Milo, yet another twisted scientist and his “creation,” Romulus. We learn that several years ago, Romulus sought Milo for an “undetected and unbeatable” performance enhancer to help heighten his physical attributes for competing in Gotham’s equivalent of the Olympic Games. Milo creates a serum by combining anabolic steroids and Timber Wolf estrogen, and Romulus becomes an unsurpassable, successful athlete. The price for fame? Lycanthropy, AKA Werewolfism. Romulus, at the mercy of Milo’s bidding, suffers from the irreversible condition of transforming into a savage werewolf. Moreover, the primary target for the bizarre duo is none other than the Caped Crusader. You know Batman usually gets out by a hair, but does he save the man-beast hybrid in “Moon of the Wolf?”

So is it true what they say, “No pain, no gain?” In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we delve into the implications of the main character’s fictional condition, Lycanthropy (Werewolfism) by exploring what got him there in the first place: addictions, steroids, and the psychology of physical performance. What compels athletes to cheat during competitions, and what can be the harmful consequences? We also discuss a rare (but real) psychiatric condition called “Clinical Lycanthropy,” which is when a person has strong conviction that he or she is an actual werewolf! Listen to the full episode for our fascinating take on this supernatural episode of Batman: The Animated Series!

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