Batkid Saves "Gotham City"

Most children only ever dream of becoming a superhero, but a 5-year-old leukemia survivor got to experience something like the real thing on Friday morning in San Francisco.

Miles, who is from northern California and is now in remission, asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation if he could become Batman. The request seemed simple enough: As of Thursday evening, Miles thought he would receive a costume to make the fantasy come to life, according to the organization’s national communications manager Josh deBerge.

Miles didn’t know, however, that the “City by the Bay” was being transformed into present-day Gotham. On Friday, Miles was outfitted as Batkid and paired with an actor dressed as Batman, who drove the pair across town in a black sports car emblazoned with a Batman symbol.

The duo first rescued a damsel-in-distress who was sitting on a cable car track with a green plastic canister tied to her back. It bore all the marks of the infamous Joker.

When Batkid arrived on the scene, he ran to a springboard and did an acrobatic jump onto a cushy landing pad. Then he rushed to the damsel and quickly pulled plastic cables from the canister to defuse the Joker’s device. The woman leaned in to hug her rescuer. Hundreds of supporters watching from the sidewalk cheered.

Batkid then made his way downtown to stop the Riddler from robbing a bank. After the Riddler was busted, the San Francisco police put him in a paddy wagon. (Even the U.S. Justice Department got involved with a fake criminal indictment for the Riddler!) But Batkid’s work wasn’t finished yet. Word came from a flash mob that the Penguin had kidnapped Lou Seal, the mascot for the Giants baseball team.

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