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SAN FRANCISCO — The boy who donned a cape and fought his way into the hearts of spectators across the world almost two years ago is back, and with a bang.
While you may not remember the name Miles Scott, it’s nearly impossible to forget his superhero alter-ego, “Batkid.” In November 2013, a then-5-year-old cancer survivor captivated millions when he took to the streets of San Francisco — which changed its name to Gotham for a day — to rescue its citizens from danger, villains and heartbreak.
Thousands of spectators — many of whom flew in from out of town to witness the event — lined the streets of the city as Batkid flew from one “crime scene” to the next in his black Lamborghini. The superhero even had his own entourage of police officers who blocked traffic and rode alongside him on their motorcycles.
It was a beautiful, bright day in U.S. history, and now, a new documentary seeks to immortalize this superhero’s story with the help of those who know and love him the most.
The aptly titled “Batkid Begins” tells Miles’s story from the very beginning. Diagnosed with leukemia at age 2, he was no stranger to fighting hard against seemingly impossible obstacles.
“One of his doctors told us that with this disease they just become like a fighter. They fight for life,” Miles’s father, Nick Scott, says in the film’s trailer — which was released this week. “So I think he sees the good versus evil battle in superheroes.”
His family decided to wait until he was done with chemotherapy treatments to fulfill his wish of becoming “the real Batman.” That’s where the Make-A-Wish Foundation came in with a plan — make San Francisco Miles’s real Gotham City.
“One of our volunteers put it on Facebook and Twitter, and like wildfire, it exploded,” said Patricia Wilson, executive director of Make-A-Wish for the greater Bay Area.
Messages of love and support came pouring in on social media. Every actor who’d donned the iconic black cape gave Miles the thumbs up. President Obama even congratulated Batkid on a job well done.
Take my advice and just watch the trailer. I dare you not to cry.
“Batkid Begins” opens in Los Angeles and San Francisco on June 26, and will spread to other cities in July.