Batkid's secret identity is Miles, a 5-year-old boy whose cancer is in remission after a treatment of chemotherapy that ended this summer. He told the Make-a-Wish Foundation that his greatest wish was to be DC Entertainment's Caped Crusader. Patricia Wilson, the executive director of the Bay Area branch of the organization, felt like that was something they could make happen.
The Friday morning spectacle took the city -- and the Internet -- by storm, with thousands streaming the live event online. "I thought I could do it on a scale that a 5-year-old would appreciate," Wilson told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Apparently, it's on a scale now that the nation appreciates. I've never seen anything go viral like this, with the outpouring of support from across the world."
Batkid was sent to rescue damsels in distress, disarm bombs and defeat supervillains like the Riddler, making fans batty on social media.
Wish Come True
For her part, Wilson is grateful for the response to Miles' dream come true. "We have done other superhero wishes before at Make-A-Wish, and no city has embraced it like this one," she said.
Bring in the Batmobile
Miles, dressed in costume from ear tip to toe, also had to fight the Penguin -- even as he was updating his freshly minted Twitter account @PenguinSF.
San Francisco Superhero
Over 11,000 locals volunteered to help Miles' dream come true, with thousands more lining the streets on Friday to watch him emerge victorious.
The Scene at City Hall
A crowd awaited Miles at San Francisco's City Hall, complete with Make-A-Wish "Thank You" signage, after the pint-sized hero rescued the San Francisco Giants' mascot Lou the Seal, and stopped the Riddler and the Penguin (who were later "charged" by the Justice Department).
Key to the City
San Francisco Mayor EdLee tweeted "Proud to present superhero #SFBatkid with Key to the City for his heroic Dark Knight actions in Gotham today."
The Adoring Public
Batkid's fans were on hand with homemade signs that sang the hero's praises.
Father and Son
Even a superhero needs his dad sometimes. Nick Scott thanked Make-a-Wish for helping make his son's dream come true. "All the doctors, nurses and all the other parents that have to deal with the same thing we're going through. I hope they get a conclusion to their illnesses like we're getting," Scott told KGO-TV.
The young superhero rescued Lou Seal, the beloved mascot of the San Francisco Giants. Dozens of Major League Baseball players took to Twitter afterwards to thank Miles for his service.
Batkid and his Parents
Miles smiled alongside his parents, Nick and Natalie Scott.