The northern Californian kid is in remission from leukemia and had the foundation if he could become Batman. He was expecting to receive a costume on Thursday evening. But when Friday morning arrived, he discovered his request had gone a bit farther.
Josh deBerge, the organization’s national communications manager and the people of the “City by the Bay” had transformed the city into a modern day Gotham City. Not only did he get a kid-sized costume but he was accompanied on a day long adventure of crime fighting by an actor in a Batman costume. The wish included ‘Batman’ driving the duo around in a sports car emblazoned with the Batman logo.
The first rescue was of a young lady sitting on a cable car track. Tied to her back was a green plastic canister. The setup had all the earmarks of the Joker. Batkid arrived, ran onto a springboard and landed on a cushioned landing pad before racing over to the woman and “defusing” the Joker’s device. As the woman hugged her hero in thanks, hundreds of spectators cheered.
Next, Batkid stopped the Riddler from robbing a bank. The San Francisco police were on hand to put the Riddler into the paddy wagon. This stunt was contributed to by U.S. Justice Department which issued a fake criminal indictment for the villain.
The finale came when a flash mob revealed that the Penguin had kidnapped Lou Seal, the San Francisco Giants’ baseball mascot. Batkid pursued and captured the Penguin at Giants’ ballpark. On the park’s Jumbotron, the city’s chief of police displayed a message inviting Batkid to accept the key to the city from the mayor.
Volunteers were requested to appear as jubilant citizens at the city hall ceremony and more 12,000 people turned out, sheering wildly when Miles arrived.
More than 12,000 people signed up to greet Batkid at City Hall, and the throng of fans cheered wildly when he arrived.
The event was followed around the global via Twitter where me3ssages poured in throughout the day. Celebrities including the Harlem Globetrotters, Michelle Malkin, Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi and even President Obama sent messages.
deBerge says Make-A-Wish gets 14,000 wish requests each year and the superhero one is very popular. Miles’ wish was made possible because of the outpouring of support they received with some volunteers travelling cross country to participate. He knew that Miles, whom he’d met prior to Friday’s wish, would be excited and saw it as wonderful way for his family to celebrate his remission.