Make-A-Wish to turn San Francisco into Gotham for Batkid

A young boy fighting leukemia will get his wish to be Batkid, and the citizens of San Francisco are being called upon to help.

Amanda Kooser
Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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Miles as Batkid
Miles is ready to take on the role of Batkid. Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area

On November 15, a darkness will encroach like the fog upon San Francisco. The City by the Bay will shed its usual image and become Gotham City, the fabled metropolis of Batman lore. An evil force will descend, attempting to wreak havoc on its citizens. But the forces of villainy will not prevail. Never fear, Batkid will be there.

The role of Batkid is set to be taken by Miles, a 5-year-old boy battling leukemia. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Greater Bay Area is making his wish to become a superhero come true.

Miles will begin the same way as many superheroes, with a training session. An adult Batman will take Miles under his wing and teach him the ropes of saving lives.

Armed with his powerful new skills, Batkid will rescue a woman from the Hyde Street cable car tracks, eat lunch at Burger Bar, and come to the aid of the chief of police in the startling case of a missing mascot.

After catching the supervillain Mr. P, Batkid will be honored by the mayor at City Hall with a key to the city. It will take the work of hundreds of volunteers to make this wish happen, and the citizens of San Francisco are being called upon to join the crew.

Make-A-Wish has released a schedule of times and places where people can join to make Miles' wish a reality. You can cheer him on as he rescues a damsel in distress in the morning, or even watch the kidnapping of Giants' mascot Lou Seal in Union Square in the early afternoon. The foundation is asking witnesses to cheer Batkid on and capture the events on film.

Miles gets his inspiration for his real-life battle from superheroes, but his parents were still surprised when he asked to become Batkid for his wish. Considering his bravery against cancer, he should knock the role out of the park.