San Francisco transforms into Gotham City for 5-year-old Batkid

Today, a 5-year-old leukemia patient named Miles gets to have the best day ever. Today he is… Batkid.

Mar 2, 2020, 12:23 pm*



Audra Schroeder

Today a 5-year-old leukemia patient named Miles gets to have the best day ever. Today he is… Batkid.

Photo via Make-a-Wish Foundation

The Bay Area Make-a-Wish Foundation turned Miles’s wish to be Batkid into an elaborate reality, transforming parts of San Francisco into Gotham City. Here’s a rough itinerary, though you never know what last-minute bat signals he might get:

As part of his special day, Batkid is driving around San Francisco in his Batmobile, and his adventures include rescuing a damsel-in-distress from cable-car tracks, capturing the Riddler in the act of robbing a downtown vault, and rescuing the San Francisco mascot Lou Seal from the clutches of The Penguin. The day’s final stop is at City Hall where Mayor Ed Lee congratulates Miles on his daring feats of justice and presents him with a key to the city.

San Francisco got into it. Really into it.

I mean, look at this Batmobile:

Look at this crowd:


There’s even a Bat-Signal:

The San Francisco Chronicle printed 1,000 special-edition newspapers for the day. Holy print media, Batkid:  

AND he gets to disarm this Riddler bomb:

Which the Penguin had some opinions about:

He’s even getting support from fellow superheroes (and supervillains):

And here is Batkid making his entrance. My ovaries just did seven somersaults:

Best of all, Batkid’s little brother is dressed as Robin. Amazing.

Of course, even Batkid had to break for lunch:

The heroics weren’t over. Batkid headed to the Giants Stadium.

President Obama gave Batkid a shoutout:

The livestream is here. Follow the #SFBatkid hashtag on Twitter for more, and tune into CSN Bay Area at 2:30pm PST for a live press conference. Bring tissues.

Illustration by Ashley Taylor

Photo via @StephChuang

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*First Published: Nov 15, 2013, 4:02 pm