Originally Posted by redeadening
Nolan directed himself into a corner, but Batman would never by choice let anyone die if he has a chance to save them
batman doesnt kill. and no matter who the person is, batman will do everything in his power to save that person. everyone is worth it
He let a lot of Ra's' people (including FAKE RA'S) die in the fire, iirc. He saved Ra's then, and brought the consequence of it back to Gotham. I imagine that played a part in his decision to not make the same mistake twice.
We have to remember that this was when Batman was just becoming Batman, when he was just coming to terms with "It's not who you are inside, but what you do that matters."