In the Dark Knight, why did Batman choose to save Harvey Dent, rather than Rachel Dawes?
In Nolan's The Dark Knight, when the Joker kidnapped Harvey Dent and Rachel Dawes and trapped them in a weird oil drum showroom:
Why did Batman tell Gordon that he was going to save Rachel and they should go for Harvey, but instead it appeared to me they both went for Harvey?
My question is why did he do that? If Harvey was so important and Rachel was not he could have just gone to save Harvey and sent Gordon to save Rachel.
This scene totally confused me.
You weren't the only person confused by this scene. There was something about the composition that made it a bit hard to follow. James Sheridan has set you on the right path.
I never thought this scene was confusing. Gordon asks who Batman is going to save. Batman says "Rachel". Gordon yells to his officers "We're going after Dent". Batman gets to the site in time to realize that the Joker lied, but he saves Dent any. Gordon doesn't have a Batman motorcycle, so he arrives too late to save Rachel. The Joker lied because he wanted Dent to live and lose his mind over Rachel's death, and he knew that Batman and Rachel had something going on.
Batman (Bruce Wayne) loved Rachel Dawes, so he decided to save her and left Dent for the Gotham Police Department to save. They didn't both try to save Dent; Gordon went after Dent while Wayne went after Dawes, but The Joker lied about who was located where. Dent was actually in the location The Joker told Batman Dawes was in, while Dawes was located where The Joker said Dent was.
they showed showed up to the location where Rachel was but they were late to save her and the oil drum showroom blasted
Actually, Joker himself didn't knew who was where. He just ordered his men to kidnap and trap them. Joker just knew addresses but didn't know who was where. Batman and Gordon just went in different directions that's it.