I know I may sound stupid, when I'll write this down, but still I'll give it a try.
Am I the only one who noticed the similarities between James Ford in the alternate timeline and Batman? Just think about it:
Both of them reached a point in their life where they had to choose between becoming a criminal, or a vigilante. And both of them chose the latter. Not to mention that both Sawyer and Bruce Wayne made that decision because their parents were murdered.