BREAKING NEWS: Batman Saves San Francisco

Breaking news coming in as we speak, with the story that Batman has been seen in San Francisco all through today, foiling nefarious schemes from both The Penguin and The Riddler! After first stopping an elaborate bank heist, Batman then went on to foil a kidnapping attempt!  His feats of heroism have not gone unnoticed, with thousands of people cheering him on through the streets of the city — and prompting even a word of congratulations from The President himself. More below.

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This is the news of five year old Miles, who has spent the day achieving his wish to be Batman. This is part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who have helped turn several blocks of San Francisco into Gotham for the day, as Miles rides around in the Batmobile, foils the schemes of various villains, saves the day and will – this evening – receive the key to San Francisco from the Mayor.

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Thousands of people have lined the streets in San Francisco to follow Miles on his day, as (accompanied by a second Batman – the Dick Grayson to his Bruce Wayne) CNN news and the San Francisco Chronicle both reported on his exploits. His first duty as Batman was to take down the Riddler, who was attempting to rob the gold vault of the bank. And he’d also taken people hostage! After first saving all the hostages from the Riddler, Miles faced down his enemy and put an end to Nigma’s schemes.

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But Miles’ work was still not done… because The Penguin had kidnapped Lou Seal, the mascot for the San Francisco Giants!

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Miles went in pursuit, and managed to track down and stop the Penguin before he could get away with it – in front of a crowd of thousands, all cheering him on. United States Attorney Melinda Haag put out a release saying:

We’ve been chasing Nigma and Cobblepot for years and just when I was about to give up hope that we would ever bring them to justice, wouldn’t you know it – Batkid shows up and saves the day. I’ve been involved in some unbelievable cases, and I’ve worked with some pretty remarkable law enforcement officers, but the bravery displayed by Batkid is off the charts. I’m absolutely certain that there is no villain this remarkable super-hero can’t defeat.

Now, after a day of busy work, Miles will be able to put his feet up and relax – his work here is done.

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Miles has been fighting leukaemia for three years, and early this year finished his course of treatment for the disease. His mother said that this day would be a celebration for all the family, after three years of treatment – his battle is over. This day was all made possible by the Make A Wish Foundation in San Francisco, which organised this whole event thanks to the support of volunteers across the state. If you would like to help make a donation to help keep them going, please find their website here. 

Everybody makes a difference! To anybody else, Miles looks like a regular five year old boy. But today, we all learned he’s not just Miles – HE’S BATMAN.

Comments

  1. Tom Galloway says:

    Also, Miles’ younger brother was wearing a Robin shirt and cape. Believe me, the city was completely bat-crazed today.

  2. Looks like everyone was involved, except, y’know, DC Comics.

    Would have been great PR.

  3. True, that would have been very good PR.
    Perhaps their contribution was the fact that they did not sue anyone over the use of their property / characters.

  4. akachris says:

    This was a great event that brought an un-quantifiable amount of joy to a young dying child, his family and friends, the city of San Francisco and anyone who hears about the story.

    So I think it’s bad form to begrudge or criticize a person, organization or corporation for not contributing or participating. Also we don’t know if DC Comics contributed or participated or not. Maybe they did do something to help and didn’t want the publicity.

    And why wouldn’t DC Comics want the publicity, because it would lead to more and similar requests by Make-A-Wish and other charitable organizations. So at what point does DC Comics say no? They can’t say yes to every request from a time and financial standpoint. What makes one child more deserving of special treatment by DC Comics than others?

    So as much good PR that might have gotten DC Comics for this event, it would nothing compared to the bad PR they might get for refusing to help another child’s wish. Sometimes it better to help out in privacy and secrecy.

  5. Why wait to see what a company can do. Each of us can make a difference in someones life. That is what I take away from a wonderful story like this.

  6. Y’know this is the stuff gets me choked up. To put a smile on a child’s face, to make him/her feel special whether it’s pretending to be Batman, Spider-Man or playing with their favorite sports team. To simply allow them to realize their special dream or wish and take their mind off the suffering they have endured in their innocent little life. Forget about the corporate contributions or lack of, it’s about making a child happy.

  7. This was such an inspiring story, nothing beats being a Superhero for a day. I hope that this experience will give Miles enough strength to keep on fighting.

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