Here’s How The Walking Dead Might Follow A Batman Storyline

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-08-25

Rick Versus Negan, Batman Versus Joker

Whenever anyone thinks of a good hero-villain combination, the Joker and Batman are on the tip of the tongue. If Rick and Negan are anything like these DC characters, it’s because of a line from Christopher Nolan’s film, The Dark Knight.

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

Harvey Dent tells Bruce Wayne, “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become a villain.” In the film, this applies directly to the Joker wanting Batman to kill him so the caped crusader will break his one rule.

On The Walking Dead, Negan and Rick are also similar to one another as everyone is doing their best to survive.

Joker Wants Batman To Kill

The Joker | Photo Credit The Dark Knight

Undead Walking writes:

“Batman comes close to crossing several lines over the course of The Dark Knight as he faces off against his greatest foe yet: The Joker. The Joker is so dangerous because he gleefully jumps back and forth over that Line That Must Never Be Crossed.”

“Rick has faced several struggles like that over the course of seven seasons, which begs the question of whether you’re still a hero, or if over the course of time you become a villain because you end up crossing lines.”

Will Rick Become The Villain?

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

What’s perhaps even more interesting about this phenomenon is that Jeffrey Dean Morgan has said on multiple occasions that he believes fans would love Negan if they had followed his story the entire time.

When the series returns, it’s possible that we’ll see this backstory about Negan. The thought is that Rick has done some pretty horrific things over the years, but we love him because we’ve been with him for eight seasons now.

If you think about it, Rick has done some pretty harsh things to people. Essentially, as told in the Batman story, even the best hero can turn under the right circumstances.

Do you think Rick will ever turn out to be more evil than Negan?

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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