Friday, November 15, 2013

Meet The Newest Member Of The Bat-Family – Batkid – Miles Scott!

Meet The Newest Member Of The Bat-Family – Batkid – Miles Scott!
By: Jay

If you thought that superheroes didn’t get any cuter than the Tiny Titans than you’re wrong, because the newest member of the Bat-Family; 5-year-old Batkid – Miles Scott is the cutest hero to ever don a cape and cowl.

The streets of San Francisco have been transformed into Gotham City so that a young leukemia victim can have his dream of becoming a superhero come true.

Five-year-old Miles Scott, from Sikiyou County, near Oregon, was diagnosed with leukemia at 18 months and after a four-year battle Scott is in remission. Scott’s wish was granted when the Make-A-Wish Foundation teamed up with the city of San Francisco to give the brave boy the adventure of a lifetime.

When the charity, which grants wishes to ill children asked young Miles to name his dream, his answer was: :I want to be Batkid!”

The day finally came today when he was called into action by San Francisco Police Chief  Greg Suhr. Thousands of people volunteered to help cheer for the newest Caped Crusader as they 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.

News cameras were there to witness the debut of the hero and his first day on the job was action packed. Just as the damsel embraced and thanked Batkid he got a call that the Riddler was trying to rob a vault downtown, so the new Dynamic Duo headed to the financial district to thwart the thief.

After the police hauled the Duke of Dilemmas from the bank, Batman and Batkid headed to Burger Bar to refuel. While at Burger Bar Batkid received a call on his Batphone and was told to go to the window. When he looked down he saw a huge group of Gotham citizens screaming for his help.

The Penguin had kidnapped a famous Gotham City mascot – Lou Seal. Batman and his partner Batkid hopped in the Batmobile and raced to the AT&T park to apprehend the villain free Lou Seal, the San Francisco Giants mascot since 1996.

After catching the Penguin, Batkid made his way to his final stop; City Hall, where the Mayor and the Police Chief of Gotham City thanked him and presented him with the key to the city.

Batkid’s praises extended beyond the City of Gotham with Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted: “Thanks for saving Gotham, Batkid!” But it didn’t end there even President Barack Obama tweeted about Batkid’s debut, and a video congratulating the young hero.

To prepare for his day of heroics, Miles underwent acrobatic training with his “Batman”, inventor and acrobat Eric Johnston, to prepare him his big day.

Johnston and his wife, Sue Grahm Johnston, who played the damsel, even created Bat-Gadgets such as a wrist communicator that played previously recorded messages from San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr for Batkid all day.

When asked what he thought about Batkid, Johnston said: “He’s an excellent superhero because he's a totally mild-mannered kid when the mask is off. But when he puts on the armored Batsuit, he's uncontainable. He shines.”

At the event around 1,000 special edition Gotham City Chronicle newspapers were handed out at Union Square with the headline: Batkid Saves City.

Andrew Fargo, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, reached out to cartoonist, artist and DC Comics. Graham Nolan, who drew Batman in the 1990s and co-created the villain Bane, was the first to respond – and sent a drawing of Miles as Batkid fighting Bane. Nolan signed it: “For Miles, a real superhero!”

“We certainly all were children who had dreams of being a superhero and being larger than life,” Farago told the Mercury News. “But I think this has touched people because most of us have never had to overcome the obstacles that this boy has.”

Miles certainly had an action-packed day saving damsels in distress and taking down two of Batman’s biggest foes, Riddler and Penguin, but it is also an important day for his family. “This wish has meant closure for our family and an end to over three years of putting toxic drugs in our son's body,” said his mother Natalie.

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