Re: The Official Rate/Review Thread for TDKR (TAG SPOILERS!!!) - Part 3
I thought that it was because he still had the chance to fulfill the death wish he longed so much. For me, the close up is him pondering if he would choose to save himself.
Other posters had pointed out that perhaps he hadn't tested the autopilot, so there was still the chance that he couldn't make it, and he didn't want to give Selina a false hope.
A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended.