The Arkham series is dedicated to the psychology of Batman, so it’s only right to cover a movie about Gotham’s mental health facility. In Assault on Arkham, a team of outlaws is assembled to take part in a life-threatening task. Does it help or hurt that the criminals have a history of incarceration and psychiatric treatment? Perhaps Amanda Waller is brilliant to devise a plan that can only succeed via the knowledge and insight of those who’ve been through the system. In this adventure, we put aside the Dark Knight and substitute him with King Shark, Black Spider, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and, of course, Joker. Can members of the Suicide Squad really collaborate effectively? Long ago, psychologists were interested in understanding social issues, like conformity, cohesiveness, and intergroup conflict. One of the most famous studies is Robbers Cave, an experiment involving two groups of elementary school boys. Although the idea seems intuitive now, the study shows that the adolescents, nicknamed the Eagles and Rattlers, are relentlessly competitive with each other until a third enemy is introduced. The study proves that even the strongest animosity can be mellowed when a common goal’s introduced. AoA tinkers with the idea of resolution when those who are previously at odds with one other work toward a common goal.
The Batmobile, by ProfessorAdagio.