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Who Had A Better Time Yesterday? Batkid Or Everyone Watching Batkid?


Yesterday, the world watched as one boy got the experience of a lifetime – 5-year-old Miles was Batman for a day. See how an entire city made his dream a reality and watch as even the cast of The CW’s Arrow and the President of the United States got involved. 

Our sister site Geekosystem had the livestream up yesterday of the whole event, which to be honest, was pretty impressive. Miles had been fighting leukemia since he was just 20 months and with a long battle behind him (he’s now in remission), it was time to celebrate. So the Make-a-Wish Foundation went to work turning San Francisco into Gotham City for the day. “I thought I could do it on a scale that a 5-year-old would appreciate,” their Bay area executive director Patricia Wilson told SFGate, “But apparently, it’s on a scale now that the nation appreciates.”

And that’s exactly what happened. We watched as “Batkid” foiled the plans of The Penguin and The Riddler, saved an innocent bystander, and took calls from “Commissioner Gordon,” aka Police Chief Greg Suhr. Watch some videos of this escapades here.

But as the day continued, everyone got in on the fun and jumped at the chance to thank “Batkid” for being a hero. For instance, President Barack Obama

The Department of Justice even put out a press release thanking Batkid and denouncing the villains. And the cast of Arrow went the extra mile…

The San Francisco Chronicle created a special-edition “Gotham City Chronicle” to replace their front page Friday and it was so popular they decided to reprint it as a special insert inside today’s edition.

Several news sources are reporting the event had roughly 12,000 volunteers but others lines the streets and watched online as it happened. And to boot? Miles’ younger brother wore a Robin shirt and cape.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."