Re: The Official Rate/Review Thread for TDKR (TAG SPOILERS!!!) - Part 3
Apart from Nolan using it as a narrative misdirection device, I read it as Batman saying there is no autopilot as manual control is necessary up to a point. Until he hit the ocean he had to negotiate the streets and skyscrapers, using The Bat’s cannons to clear a path. The bomb was very heavy and scraped along the ground upon take-off. Once The Bat was in the clear, he definitely had a choice to make if he wanted to live.