Today, San Francisco gets a new name: Gotham City. It's all going down thanks to 5-year-old Miles, who will put his fight against leukemia on hold for a day to fight crime. Miles asked the Make-a-Wish Foundation to help him become Batkid, and the organization is happily making that dream come true. Here are five things we love about this story.
- Miles surprised his parents with his wish. When the Make-a-Wish Foundation interviewed Miles, his parents had no idea he would ask to become Batkid.
- Real crime fighters are getting involved. Today, the police chief of San Francisco — I mean Gotham — will ask if anyone knows where Batkid is, because he needs his help capturing some bad guys.
- Crime fighting will take Miles all over the city. Batkid will rescue a damsel in distress from the iconic cable car lines, capture The Puzzler as he robs a downtown vault, and stop the evil Mr. P from kidnapping the SF Giants' mascot, Lou Seal.
- He'll have an adult sidekick. An adult "Caped Crusader" will be by Miles's side as he protects the city.
- Locals can participate. Make-a-Wish is asking local volunteers to cheer on Batkid. You can offer your support at SF's Union Square at 12:45 p.m. or at 2 p.m. at City Hall, where Mayor Ed Lee will present Miles a key to the city. If you can't make it, check out the action on the official hashtag, #sfbatkid.
Holy adorableness, Batkid!
Check out the special edition of the San Francisco Chronicle that will be printed today below!
Love that Clark Kent byline!