The latest trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, the final chapter in Rocksteady Studios' Batman video game trilogy, tells ordinary people to find the courage within themselves and become Batman when seeing injustice take place. We would all love a chance to see what it's like to be the Dark Knight (unless it's during Knightfall, obviously), but back in 2013, a five-year-old boy was able to do exactly this, and become the Caped Crusader for a day. The world watched as San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City and "Batkid" took to the streets to save the day.
The story of Miles Scott a.k.a. Batkid earned itself a documentary from Warner Bros., titled Batkid Begins, which offers an in-depth look at the event and how it came to be - and the first inspiring trailer for the release has finally been released.
Scott, a child in remission from leukemia, wanted to be his favorite hero and the Make-A-Wish foundation delivered big time on what they thought would be a tremendous challenge. On November 15, 2013, the young Batman fan wore a costume based on Christopher Nolan's trilogy and was greeted by thousands of people in the city to cheer him on. He was able to defeat the Riddler, saved a "damsel in distress," and arrested the Penguin. The first trailer for the inspiring documentary, so check it out above and hopefully it'll brighten your day a bit.
When the dedicated teams of the Make-A-Wish Foundation began to organize the event, they hoped 200 people would take part and cheer for Miles. Participation went well beyond that figure and then some. In fact, so many people showed up to root for Batkid that police had to create a parade route for the little hero as he traveled around "Gotham."
It didn't take long for the uplifting event to go viral. It's estimated that around two-billion people followed the moving tale on social media. President Obama even posted a clip on Vine, cheering "Way to go, Miles! Way to save Gotham." With so much negativity floating around online, it was refreshing to have a story warm our collective hearts and remind us to root for our fellow humans, not drag them down. Not only did Batkid's journey move so many of us, but it was clearly a surreal experience for Miles as well who received keys to the city from San Francisco's Mayor at the time, Ed Lee.
Fun fact: Even though the kid walked around the city in a costume that's inspired by Nolan's movies, Miles is actually a huge fan of the classic Adam West series. He watches it with his father, who also grew up enjoying the 1966 television series.
Official Batkid Begins synopsis:
On one day, in one city, the world comes together to grant one 5-year-old cancer patient his wish.
The documentary “Batkid Begins” looks at the “why” of this flash phenomenon. Why did the intense outpouring of spontaneous support for a child reverberate around the world and become one of the biggest “good news stories” ever?
The film explores what happens when an event goes unintentionally viral, and reveals surprising truths about what happens when a nerve is touched in our digital society. Will Make-A-Wish fulfill its mission to help Miles reclaim his childhood after battling disease for more than half his short life?
In the end, the film leaves audiences to decide; did Miles need the world for inspiration? Or did the world need Miles?
There's also a film in development, to star Julia Roberts, based on this story and documentary. Did Batkid catch your attention and will you watch the doc and/or film?
Batkid Begins was directed by Dana Nachman who co-produced alongside Liza Meak. It begins a limited theatrical release on June 26, 2015.