The entire city of San Francisco turned into Gotham City on Friday to fulfill a 5-year-old boy’s Make-A-Wish dream. Miles Scott from Tulelake, California has been battling leukemia since he was 18 months old. However, thankfully Miles is now in remission after ending his treatments in June and was told by his parents that they were all making a trip to San Francisco so he could get his very own Batkid costume.
What he arrived to instead was a city transformed into Gotham by: Make-A-Wish America, the SFPD, city officials and thousands of volunteers.
Gotham needed Miles’ help. The Riddler and Penguin were on the loose, a woman was tied to cable-car tracks and Lou Seal was kidnapped! Batkid had a police escort worthy of a dignitary as he sped around the city in a black Lamborghini with a Batman crest, with officers blocking traffic and riding alongside him on motorcycles. The day culminated at City Hall where thousands gave Miles a hero’s welcome and the mayor gave him a key to the city.
The elaborate surprise united the community in a profound way. The Department of Justice issued an indictment, special-edition newspapers were printed and even the President thanked Batkid for saving Gotham.
Miles’ father thanked the crowd, organizers and the city for showing his son a good time. “This is closure for us,” Nick Scott said. “It has been a hard three years.”