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    Default Our hero! Batkid saves the day in San Francisco

    Batkid’s Heroic, Heartwarming, Real-Life Adventure!


    The Batmobile is full of amazing gadgets. On Friday, it was outfitted with its best yet: A booster seat.
    Miles Scott, aka Batkid, rescued a woman threatened by a cable car in San Francisco in an elaborate effort to turn realized the leukemia patient’s dream. (Credit: Make-a-Wish Greater Bay Area)

    How else is Gotham’s bravest superhero supposed to get around town?
    Five-year-old Miles Scott hopped into the ultimate crime-fighting machine in San Francisco to embark on what just might be — and no, this is not hyperbole — one of the greatest days ever for any little kid.
    Though maybe it’s the second-greatest for Miles, falling in right behind the day he learned his leukemia was in remission.
    The kindergartner was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 20 months old, but after years of exhausting treatment, his family says his last round of chemotherapy was in June. Now, the entire city of San Francisco — and judging by social media, a pretty good chunk of America, too — is celebrating.
    The superhero superfan wanted to be Batman, and Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area — along with more than 12,000 volunteers — made that dream a reality. San Francisco went all out, transforming itself into Gotham City.
    Thousands turned out to see Batkid’s heroism in person. (Credit: Make-a-Wish Greater Bay Area)

    Miles’ family arrived in the city from their home near the Oregon border, ostensibly, to get Miles an awesome Batman costume. Of course, that was just the tip of the bat-berg.
    The day began with a breaking news bulletin from San Francisco’s police chief pleading for Batman and Batkid to help save his city.
    Fully suited up as the most adorably intimidating Batkid the mean streets of San Francisco have ever seen, Miles then zoomed out of the Bat Cave (aka, the Grand Hyatt garage) for an action-packed day which included rescuing a damsel in distress strapped to a bomb, stopping the Riddler (who was robbing a bank) and then — because saving Gotham and stripping the cynicism from America is hard work — having lunch.
    Batkid was called back into service after lunch, rescuing the San Francisco Giants’ mascot from the Penguin at the Giants’ AT&T Park. Miles’ fearless acts of bravery were then scheduled to be rewarded at San Francisco’s City Hall with the presentation of a key to the city by a very grateful Mayor Ed Lee.
    Batkid looked pretty happy at AT&T Park. (Credit: Make-a-Wish Greater Bay Area)

    At each stop on his heroic, police-escorted route, the sidewalks were jammed five- or six-deep with San Franciscans enthusiastically cheering on Batkid — and maybe tearing up a bit, too, at the sight of the 4-foot ultimate-feel-good-story running past.
    A more fully involved, grand game of make-believe you have probably never seen.
    San Francisco’s City Hall was lit up blue-and-yellow Thursday night, Batkid Eve.
    A bat signal shone on the side of the hotel where Miles and his family were staying.
    The San Francisco Chronicle distributed special “Batkid Saves City” editions in Union Square.
    Twitter and Instagram filled up Friday with messages and photos of support for Batkid, with the hashtag #SFBatKid trending nationwide.
    That online attention translated offline as well, with Batkid and a costumed Batman by his side, mobbed by swarms of fans everywhere they went. Along those streets, parents and children in Batman gear held up signs — and many, many cameras — for Miles.
    One of those children even dressed up as Robin. That was Miles’ younger brother, who stood alongside his superhero sibling in a heartwarming scene even Bob Kane could never have imagined.
    Make-A-Wish described Miles as “a sunny, positive little boy” who “finds his inspiration in super heroes.” On this day, though, he was the superhero and the rest of us were the ones being inspired.
    Go get ‘em, Batkid!


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    I know that everyone's seen this story on Twitter or TV but it's just so uplifting and the boy so adorable, I thought maybe people would want to read about it too.
    I loved all the people in S.F. who came out to cheer batkid on!
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    Awww! The crowds are amazing.

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    That little boy was living his dream! Looking at the crowd,plenty of Big People lived it right with him.
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    I love the sign, Keep calm and call BatKid!

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    Stories like this, is why I like to see the world, through my rose-tinted sunglasses. It totally made me do the laugh/cry thing.

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    Batkid's back! 5-year-old pays it forward

    Batkid's back! 5-year-old pays it forward



    Batkid's back!

    But this time, he's directing his powers toward helping other kids.

    Five-year-old Miles Scott — most commonly known as Batkid — saw his dream come true last month when the Make-A-Wish Foundation turned San Francisco into Gotham for a day. The pint-size Batkid, cheered on by thousands, saved a damsel in distress, rescued a "burglarized" bank and freed the Giants mascot from the Penguin.


    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called it "a day of magic," and the nation was equally captivated by the heartwarming deed; fans spanning from President Obama toChristian Bale made public statements about Batkid.


    On Saturday, Scott, in remission from leukemia, donned his miniature mask again, this time to pay the favor forward for other children Make-A-Wish hoped to help.


    For the foundation's seventh annual Brave the Bay fundraiser, Batkid arrived at 8:30 a.m. by police escort and led a 5K race of volunteers decked cheerfully in reindeer outfits and Santa Claus costumes through the city. He stood watch over the traditional cable car pull-offs. And Batkid was even there to supervise the chief of police taking a dive with the most committed into the icy harbor for the cause.


    The holiday event was launched in 2007 with the police department, but Batkid's presence has "drawn a lot of attention to this event," says Make-A-Wish spokesperson Jen Wilson. So far the foundation has received $88,000 in donations for the Brave the Bay fundraiser, an increase from roughly $70,000 raised last year.


    "In the past we haven't had media attention for this event, at all. Today we have every local network here, we have radio stations, we have the San Francisco Chronicle," she says.


    Although Batkid was expected to demonstrate the cable car pull, Wilson said the superhero needed a bit of a break. "He was feeling a bit shy," she says. "We excused him from his duties."


    Meanwhile, Twitter lit up with excitement at Batkid's return.


    "trying to see batkid today whoop," wrote user @FEELEESHA.


    "Couldn't get the phone out fast enough but I TOTALLY just saw Batkid's Lamborghini Batmobile at Masonic & Geary," wrote @scalawag.


    Miles lives in Tulelake in far Northern California and was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old. He ended treatments in June. Wilson says Batkid's parents are paving the way for the young hero to lend a hand to many.


    "His parents felt strongly after his wish was over that they wanted to do something to help others, and so they started the Batkid Fund, which will benefit three non-profits who helped him during his illness (including Make-A-Wish)," Wilson says. "They really felt like they wanted to share and have it not be solely focused on him."
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    Not even a 5-year-old boy with cancer could persuade egotistical actor Andrew Garfield to be a presenter at the Academy Awards.


    The “Spider-Man” star was supposed to take the stage Sunday with Miles Scott, who has come to be known as “Batkid” after the city of San Francisco let him play superhero there.


    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had arranged with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to further make Miles’ dreams come true.


    “The academy was going to make him an official superhero during the Oscar ceremony. Andrew Garfield was going to appoint him ‘Batkid.’ But, in the middle of the dress rehearsal, Garfield decided he didn’t like his lines,” said a well-placed source.


    “Garfield refused to go by the script. He came up with his own lines. The producers felt that Garfield’s [rewrites] were not appropriate. Garfield had a tantrum. He stormed off. Miles and his family, who were at the rehearsal, were devastated.”


    The producers decided to cut the superhero initiation, but they paid for Miles to go to Disneyland.


    “Garfield was such a spoiled brat that he didn’t even want to be a presenter,” said my source. The academy had to call “Captain America” star Chris Evans to sub at the last minute.
    Garfield’s agent at CAA didn’t get back to me.

    Andrew Garfield snubbed Batkid at Oscars | Page Six

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    What a dick.
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    JHFC, it's not about you you effing asshole. Reading this just makes me wanna punch shit.

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    not to be a cynical bastard but how many wishes does this kid get? he already had all of san francisco in on his batkid thing and now the oscars too?
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    Andrew Garfield "Refused" to Present With Batkid at Oscars: Report

    A new Page Six report claims that Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield backed out of presenting at the Oscars with Miles Scott, a.k.a. Batkid, when he didn't like the lines that had been written for himCredit: Mike Coppola/Getty

    Well, this doesn't sound very heroic. According to a new report from The New York Post's Page Six, Andrew Garfield was supposed to present at the Oscars with Miles Scott -- a.k.a. Batkid, the 5-year-old boy with cancer who played superhero in San Francisco -- but "refused" to go on when he didn't like his lines.

    "The Academy was going to make [Miles] an official superhero during the Oscar ceremony," a source told Page Six, noting that it had been coordinated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which also helped facilitate the little boy's dreams of being Batman. "Andrew Garfield was going to appoint him 'Batkid,'" the insider continued. "But, in the middle of the dress rehearsal, Garfield decided he didn't like his lines."

    The source went on to say that the Spider-Man star "refused to go by the script" and instead came up with his own lines, which producers didn't go for. "Garfield had a tantrum. He stormed off," the source said, adding that Miles and his family "were devastated."

    Ultimately, the bit was cut completely. Producers reportedly paid for Miles to go to Disneyland instead, and brought in Captain America star Chris Evans to present in Garfield's place.

    "He got the call pretty much the day of that he'd have to go on," a source told Us Weekly of Evans. "Chris hadn't been planning on even going to the Oscars."

    A rep for Garfield did not respond to Page Six's request for comment.

    Read more: Andrew Garfield "Refused" to Present With Batkid at Oscars: Report - Us Weekly
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    not to be a cynical bastard but how many wishes does this kid get? he already had all of san francisco in on his batkid thing and now the oscars too?
    I was wondering this too. And he's in remission? I thought make-a-wish was for terminally ill kids, but perhaps remission in this case is seen as temporary, don't have any idea.
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    Really disappointed in Andrew, as I liked him before this. What a little diva.

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    Now Andrew Garfield invites Batkid to join him at the Spider Man 2 premiere after Oscars snub

    He was the five-year-old cancer survivor left upset when he was cut from the Oscars.
    But Andrew Garfield has a surprise in store for his little friend Batkid, aka Miles Scott.
    The actor has invited the youngster, who is recovering from lymphoblastic leukemia, to join him at the New York City premiere of his film the Amazing Spider-Man 2.


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    Superhero: Andrew Garfield has invited Batkid and his family to join him at the premiere of Spider Man 2

    Garfield invited the youngster to the red carpet premiere on April 24, Us Weekly reports.
    It comes after the pair's segment was cut from Sunday's ceremony at the last minute.
    The Hollywood star was due to take the stage at Sunday's ceremony with Milesand publicly declare him a superhero at the hero themed ceremony.

    But after they completed rehearsals together on Saturday, a decision was made by the Academy to cut their segment completely leaving both Miles and Andrew, 'equally upset'.



    Andrew's representatives told MailOnline: 'At some point overnight on Saturday / Sunday morning, it was decided by those running the show that the segment didn't work in the ceremony.

    'They decided to pull it - Andrew and Miles were equally upset. The producers arranged for Miles and his family to visit Disneyland on Monday and Andrew drove down to visit them and to bring Miles a personal gift.
    'Andrew did the right thing for Batkid and anyone saying otherwise is flat out lying.'

    They revealed that Andrew had prepared his part to honour Miles, saying: 'In full collaboration with the Academy and the show writer, Andrew prepared a segment for the Oscars to honour Miles Scott as the true hero that he is.'
    The Academy also took full responsibility for axing the segment, saying: 'Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments due to the logistics of production.'



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    Miles' family were left baffled by the snub, with his mother Natalie Scott telling the International Business Times, 'I don't know if they ran out of time, or if there was something about the segment they didn't like. It got pulled so quickly that we didn't have a lot of insight into what was going on. It is kind of a disappointment, but things happen. I know that's how TV goes and how Hollywood is. We're just not used to that.'
    Miles hit the headlines in November when the Make-A-Wish foundation made his dream of being a superhero come true.

    The streets of San Francisco came to a standstill as he worked his way around the city with crowds of San Franciscans lining the streets to watch his heroics.


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    Dream come true: In November, Miles Scott aka Batkid, turned crime fighter in San Francisco thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation

    Meanwhile, the statement by the Academy directly contradicts a report on Thursday claiming the British performer backed out at the last minute over creative differences.
    According to the New York Post, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had arranged with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make Miles’ superhero dreams come true live at the annual awards.
    'The academy was going to make him an official superhero during the Oscar ceremony. Andrew Garfield was going to appoint him ‘Batkid.’ But, in the middle of the dress rehearsal, Garfield decided he didn’t like his lines,' said a source.



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    regardless of what happened, i just don't think this belonged at the oscars in the first place. plus, it only would have made the ceremony even longer. a movie premiere is much more appropriate.
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