'Batkid Rises': Watch the unofficial movie trailer

The meme continues with a video tribute to Gotham's smallest hero.

Batkid and Batman celebrate their triumph over evil before thousands of Gothamites. Video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

Last week, San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City and subjected to a crime spree only the likes of Christopher Nolan could conceive, and only the bravery of Batkid could subdue. But instead of a multimillion-dollar special-effects budget and Christian Bale (let alone Ben Affleck), the show came courtesy of the city of San Francisco, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, thousands of local volunteers, and a 5-year-old named Miles.

You probably know the story by now. Miles is battling leukemia, and when the Make-A-Wish folks put out the call for help to make his dream of being Batkid for a day come true, the Bay Area went bat-bonkers. More than 10,000 people signed up to participate, including the mayor and chief of police, who put out the official call for help.

After a busy superkid day of rescuing damsels and foiling the Penguin's evil plans with his, uh, sidekick, Batman, Miles was given the key to the city and even received congratulations from President Obama.

In the process, the city of San Francisco reportedly spent more than $100,000 from the same fund used for things like the Fourth of July fireworks show, including money to set up screens for the massive crowd that showed up to watch all the action.

But the Batkid meme lives on. A YouTube user known only as "SandD2012" uploaded the below faux trailer for "Batkid Rises" on Wednesday. Check it out, and let us know in the comments if you'd be interested in seeing (or participating in) a sequel.

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Crave freelancer Eric Mack is a writer, radio producer, and podcaster based in Taos, N.M., but he lives in Google+. He's also managing editor of Crowdsourcing.org and has written e-books on both Alaska and Android. E-mail Eric.

 

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