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DC Comics joins efforts to turn 5-year-old Make-A-Wish kid into Batman

The 5-year-old Make-A-Wish kid Miles, who's set to get his wish to become Batkid as the Make-A-Wish Foundation turns San Francisco into Gotham City for a day.
The 5-year-old Make-A-Wish kid Miles, who's set to get his wish to become Batkid as the Make-A-Wish Foundation turns San Francisco into Gotham City for a day. Courtesy Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area

We wrote recently about how 5-year-old Make-A-Wish kid Miles wanted to become “Batkid,” but how official DC Comics characters like the Riddler were conspicuously absent, with Brand X supervillain “The Puzzler” substituting in.

Well, now DC Comics is officially on board, and the latest press release from the organization notes that Miles will be adventuring alongside the one and only Batman, full stop. The young leukemia survivor will also be taking down official Bat baddies, including the Riddler and the Penguin.

According to Make-A-Wish, Miles battled leukemia from the time he was 1-year-old, but is now in remission. He had his own real life Iron Man-like port in his chest, this one used to deliver medicine, but it was removed last month and Miles just started kindergarten.

“This wish has meant closure for our family and an end to over three years of putting toxic drugs in our son’s body,” Miles’ mother Natalie said in a Make-A-Wish press release. “This wish has become kind of a family reunion and is our celebration of his treatment completion.”

Miles loves costumes, and he’s getting the chance to don one on a Gotham City adventure (the role of Gotham will be played by San Francisco). Thousands are expected to be on hand to cheer on the Batkid when he goes on his adventure this Friday, Nov. 15. The adventure is expected to take him all over the city, from Union Square to the San Francisco Giants’ home at AT&T Park before finally winding up with the mayor at City Hall.

You can still RSVP to be a part of it, appearing at the big public celebration at San Francisco's City Hall with real city mayor Ed Lee; click here to sign up.

The adventure is also going to play out on social media with hashtag #SFBatKid on both Twitter and Instagram, as well as with both the San Francisco Make-A-Wish organization’s handle, @SFWish, and a certain archvillain who’s already tweeting at @PenguinSF.

https://twitter.com/PenguinSF/status/398848783397560320

https://twitter.com/PenguinSF/status/400368537350324224

But Batman’s ready for action:

https://twitter.com/jutanclan/status/398596368870043648

DC Comics issued an official statement, endorsing the lionhearted tyke:

“Batman continues to be a source of inspiration for many and we are honored DC Comics characters can be a part of this very special wish. DC Entertainment commends the city of San Francisco and the Make-A-Wish Foundation for creating such a wonderful experience for Miles, and his alter ego ‘Bat Kid’.”
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