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Damon Lindelof compares ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Heisenberg to Batman

With only five days to go before the Breaking Bad series finale, there’s a lot of spillover between the beloved, critically acclaimed series and the comic book world — including a Vulture essayby Lost co-creator and Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer Damon Lindelof that makes the seemingly unlikely comparison between DC Comics icon Batman and morally-questionable-at-best Breaking Bad lead character Walter White, as played by Bryan Cranston in multiple Emmy-winning seasons.

The thrust of Lindelof’s argument is simple: Much like the way in which Batman is frequently considered the character’s true persona and billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne is the facade, Walt’s meth kingpin alias, Heisenberg, is who he always truly was. To illustrate his thesis, Lindelof points to the period of the show where (Breaking Bad spoiler follows) Walt’s cancer was in remission as evidence.

This is the equivalent of Bruce Wayne’s parents suddenly reappearing to him and saying, “We had to fake our deaths when you were a kid and we’ve been in witness protection all this time, and we’re so sorry, but the guy who shot us was actually an FBI agent helping us and he wasn’t even a criminal and we love you, so can we have our pearls back and NOW YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BATMAN ANYMORE!!!”

But would Bruce stop being Batman?

No. He would not. Because he is Batman.

This isn’t the first time the worlds of Breaking Bad and Batman have collided — artist Jeff Matsuda drew a well-circulated sketch of Walt as Batman and Jesse as Robin in 2011, and last month Cranston was the subject of unconfirmed reports that he might be playing Lex Luthor in 2015’s live-action Batman/Superman film.

Plus, Walt and Bats do have a fairly similar soliloquy style:



It depends on if you look at Batman as a child on the worlds biggest tantrum because he harshly and suddenly found out the world wasn’t fair or is he a kid who lost everything and gained a conscience?

RegularSyzed Wayne

September 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I think he (Batman) is the former. If he were the latter he’d be using his money to invest and help Gotham City thrive instead of dressing up and making it his mission to punch every single bad guy in town.

Heisenberg just mistook his dumb luck as evil genius and got a swelled head. He was still wimpering and cowering when it counted. (Keep in mind I’m a season behind!)

I think the more likely comparison between the two is about obsession rather than persona. Bruce Wayne fights crime and social ills too – it’s not just limited to the cape and cowl.

so you’re saying Walt…. LIKES the control and ego stroking he gets from being a meth kingpin?? THAT’s why he’s been doing it all this time???

this changes everything

wait a minute…wasnt lindelof the guy who wrote that inane ‘lost’ show???

as a recent watcher of Breaking Bad, I decided (last week) that BB is essentially “Batman and Robin.” It’s a very easy comparison, I think. I was on Season 2 when I decided that.


September 25, 2013 at 7:33 am

Batman is nothing like Heisenberg, he wouldn’t stop being batman because he wants justice for people,
on the other hand Walter wouldn’t stop being Heisenberg,because of his lust for money in fame.

I always saw the earlier seasons of Breaking Bad as a great origin story for the Super Villain known as Heisenberg.

I’m no expert on the witness protection program, but I’m pretty sure that they wouldn’t separate a child from his parents when they could easily put him in the protection program as well.

Batman is real. Bruce Wayne is real. Heisenberg is a myth, or a lie. Walt couldn’t keep his worlds apart for very long, and we all knew that they would collide after a time. Heisenberg was a very fleeting idea in the long run, but it was Walt the whole time.

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