Five year-old Leukemia patient Miles wants to be Batman. Tomorrow, he will have his wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and more than 10,000 strangers.
The foundation called upon the citizens of San Francisco to help transform San Francisco into Gotham city to surprise Miles, who has been nicknamed the San Francisco Batkid on social media. Over 10,000 people sent in their RSVP for the flashmob kick-off in Union Square, some even flying from interstate to attend.
According to the Make-A-Wish website, the elaborate plan will begin with the San Francisco police chief calling for Batkid’s help in fighting crime.
“After rescuing a damsel-in-distress from the Hyde Street cable-car tracks in Nob Hill, then capturing the Riddler in the act of robbing a downtown vault…he will get a special message from the Police Chief and go to the window where he will look down and see a huge crowd of volunteers jumping up and down pleading for Batkid’s help,” the website details. “Why? The Penguin has just kidnapped a famous San Francisco mascot!”
Make-A-Wish has even gone so far as to organise a batmobile (a convertible) for the final chase and someone posing as The Penguin has already begun teasing Batkid on Twitter.
Social media has exploded in support of the project, with people from around the world sharing their “I Love Batkid” posters.
Actors, makeup artists and videographers have all offered their help, according to Make-A-Wish marketing manager Jen Wilson, who spoke to USA’s ABC News.
Wilson, who described Miles as a “sunny, positive little boy” said that he has no idea what is in store for him.
“He knows he may be getting a costume,” she said. “Little does he know…”
— Make-A-Wish Bay Area (@SFWish) November 13, 2013
I hear #SFBatKid is on his way to Gotham. I hope he’s ready for me! Wahh wahhh wahhh!!
— The Penguin (@PenguinSF) November 13, 2013
Excited for #SFBatKid to defend the Gotham City from the villains on friday!
— Romel De Silva (@RomelDeSilva) November 13, 2013