Batkid Begins: Saves ‘Gotham,’ Captivates Internet

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The streets of San Francisco — sorry, Gotham City — went absolutely insane Friday for a 5-year-old boy named Miles.

Miles has leukemia, and his fondest wish was to be Batman for a day. The Make-a-Wish Foundation obliged, setting up several scenarios around the city involving two of Gotham’s greatest enemies, The Penguin and The Riddler. At last count nearly 15,000 San Franciscans had signed up online to play the grateful onlookers.

Result: cheering crowds comparable in size to the ones that gathered when the San Francisco Giants won the World Series.

Batkid’s journey began Friday morning, as he met Batman and the (donated) Lamborghini Batcar he would be driven around in for the day:

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Miles’ little brother played Robin:

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Miles’ reception, everywhere he went, was akin to that for a rock star.

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Even his police escort couldn’t resist grabbing a picture:

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At least three news helicopters followed the Batman and Batkid cars everywhere they went:

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Batkid’s first job: save a woman who had been tied to the cable car tracks by the Riddler.

Less than half an hour later, Batkid apprehended the Riddler in a downtown bank vault.

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The Penguin @PenguinSF

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Apprehended!? Too easy #Riddler – you were no match for #SFBatKid!

His next move: kidnapping the Giants’ mascot, Lou Seal:
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The Penguin @PenguinSF

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I have @LouSeal01 and there’s NOTHING #SFBatKid can do about it!!!

But Batkid caught up with him at AT&T Park:

 

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Justin Berton @justinberton

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#sfbatkid is here

Batkid freed the mascot, and got a huge hug as a reward:

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We’ll follow the continuing adventures of Batkid throughout the day — the Penguin has a few tricks up his sleeve yet.

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