“The streets of San Francisco have transformed into Gotham City so that a young cancer victim can achieve his dream of becoming a superhero.
Five-year-old Miles Scott, from Sikiyou County, near Oregon, has assumed the persona of ‘Batkid’, donning a mini cape in his crusade to rid the city of its fiercest foes, the Penguin and the Riddler.
Thousands of volunteers signed up to help cheer along the boy, who is in remission after a four-year battle with leukemia, as he enjoys his dream day granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
When the charity, which grants wishes for ill children, asked Miles to name his dream, his answer was simply: ‘I want to be Batkid!’
Hundreds of people lined the streets and cheered as he emerged from the Batmobile - driven by an adult Batman - before freeing a damsel who had been tied to cable car tracks.
As she embraced him in thanks, he got a call that the Riddler was trying to rob a vault downtown, so headed to the Financial District and promptly stopped the thief in his tracks.
News cameras captured the moment the Riddler was hauled from the bank and taken away by police officers.
After battling his enemy, he headed to Burger Bar to refuel, his Make-A-Wish itinerary explained.
While at Burger Bar, he received get a call on his batphone to go to the window where he saw a huge group of volunteers screaming for Batman’s help - because the Penguin was kidnapping a famous Gotham City mascot - Lou Seal.
Batman and Batkid raced to AT&T park to apprehend the villain and freed Lou Seal, the San Francisco Giants mascot since 1996.
After catching the Penguin, Batkid made his final stop at City Hall, where the Mayor and the Police Chief of Gotham City thanked him and gave him the key to the city.
This is just wonderful. This gives me hope in this world. There are still good people out there.