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Batkid stops crime, steals hearts in SF (pictures)

Make-A-Wish Foundation transforms San Francisco into Gotham City for a day, and Batkid saves the day.

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SF cheers on a hero

Five-year-old Miles, battling leukemia, captured the entire Internet's attention today, as Batkid, his superhero alter-ego, raced through a series of blockbuster scenarios around San Francisco, rescuing a damsel in distress, chasing down the Penguin, even receiving a key to the city from the mayor.

Thousands of fans, both of Miles and Batman, came out to cheer on the littlest hero.
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Crowds came out to cheer Miles

Dressed in a custom pint-size Batsuit, and riding shotgun in a Batmobile Lamborghini, more than 10,000 people had RSVP'd to at least one of the day's events around San Francisco.
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Launching into the air

At Green and Hyde streets in San Francisco, Miles vaulted off a trampoline, before rescuing a damsel in distress along the cable car line.
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A damsel in distress

Batkid saved a damsel in distress chained to a big, green detonation device covered in the Riddler's trademark question mark.
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You can do it, Batkid!

Batkid looks out at the thousands of people who have come to cheer him on in San Francisco as part of his Make-A-Wish Foundation dream.
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Save her, BatKid!

BatKid and his assistant race to save the day!
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Rescued

The damsel, saved by BatKid, thanks him as the crowd watches.
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Fans carry BatKid signs

Onlookers are carrying pro-BatKid signs that say "Miles, You're my hero!", "We love Batkid," and "Please save us, Miles!"
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Thousands at Union Square

Police estimated there were 6,00 to 7,000 people at Union Square in San Francisco to cheer on BatKid Miles.
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Ka-pow!

Those who came to cheer Miles on wore Batman shirts, carried sign, hats, and all sorts of Batman memorabilia.
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Crowds gather

As Miles ate lunch at Burger Bar in Union Square, crowds continued to gather and police organized the streets, which were closed to traffic for blocks.
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The Penguin

The Penguin emerges from his lair in a Bentley.
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BatKid enters Union Square

As the Penguin appeared, having captured the San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal, BatKid steps in to save the day, with thousands of fans watching.
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The Riddler taunts the crowd

The Penguin, with Lou Seal tied up next to him in his Bentley, taunts the crowd.
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Crowds at Union Square

Thousands wait for BatKid to emerge from lunch and rescue San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal.
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The Riddler

BatKid, in his custom Batmobile Lamborghini, spies the Penguin, with Lou Seal tied up in his Bentley.
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BatKid's Lamborghini

BatKid, with thousands watching in San Francisco's Union Square, prepares to chase the Penguin in his custom Batmobile Lamborghini.
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Police, Ka-pow

Even the San Francisco Police joined in the fun, taking pictures and making signs for Miles.
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You're our hero, BatKid

Some might say the city needs BatKid more than BatKid needs the city.
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'BatKid Saves City'

The headline on newspapers printed specially for the event reads "BatKid Saves City"
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BatKid fans

Some fans even dressed up in Batman costumes for the day's festivities.

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