The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 50: “I Am the Night”

It’s been another year since the death of Bruce’s parents and, like every year, Batman visits the site in Crime Alley with his old family friend Dr. Leslie Thompkins. But this year’s different.  Bruce has fallen into a much deeper depression and believes that Batman hasn’t accomplished anything in Gotham City. He’s expressing a great deal of disillusionment, despair, and self-doubt.

In the animated episode, “I Am the Night,” we get a somewhat grim perspective of what it might like to be the Caped Crusader. It’s a very real-world take on superhero burnout and secondary traumatic stress. On our show, we discuss the signs and symptoms of something called compassion fatigue, an “occupational hazard” of working in fields where one is expected to protect, support, and heal others. Is there any way Batman can protect himself from these feelings of moral distress and depression? Listen below for the full analysis!

Want to hear what we said about the episode, “Appointment in Crime Alley?” Click here.

Read about the origin story of our co-host Dr. Andrea Letamendi in this Atlantic article!

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