Batkid Saves San Francisco; Ben Affleck, President Obama, Entire World Cheer (Get Your Tissues Ready!)

The best thing to happen all weekend was a 5-year-old cancer survivor catching the bad guys with Batman, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation

We don't know about you, but we've already used up an entire box of tissues over Miles "Batkid" Scott, the 5-year-old leukemia survivor who became Batman for a day with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Friday, an estimated 12,000 San Franciscans took part in a citywide effort to give Batkid the best day ever. But it wasn't just San Francisco: over the weekend, Miles received messages of support from multiple Hollywood Batmans and the President of the United States. There is nobody whose heart would not be warmed by this story. Except maybe The Joker.

The whole thing started when Miles, who has been fighting cancer since he was 18 months old (and is now in remission), said that his greatest wish was to become the Caped Crusader. The Make-a-Wish Foundation told Miles they'd give him a Batman costume. What they didn't tell him was that they'd prepared an epic Batman adventure to go along with it.


After Miles and his family arrived in San Francisco, they turned on the TV to see an urgent message from the actual police chief, saying that villains the Riddler and Penguin were on the loose and only Batkid could help. Miles got on his Batman costume and was escorted via Batmobile to the scene of the crime, where he disarmed a bomb and rescued a "damsel in distress." Next, he helped the police nab The Riddler by thwarting a "robbery" at a local bank. Then he had a burger.

 



After he was done with his fries, Miles learned that the Penguin had kidnapped Lou Seal, the mascot of the San Francisco Giants. As a crowd of fans cheered him on, Batkid arrived at AT&T Park, freed Lou Seal and apprehended The Penguin.


For his superheroic efforts, the Mayor gave Batkid the key to the city. The San Francisco Chronicle mocked up a special Gotham issue with the headline "Batkid Saves City." The Justice Department even released an official indictment of the Batman villains. All the while, the streets of San Francisco were filled with volunteers, holding up custom-made signs and cheering for Miles. And then we cried some more.

President Obama was so inspired by Miles' story that he learned how to use Vine. (Click on the upper left corner for sound.)


Ben Affleck was so moved that he admitted he wasn't the best choice to play Batman.



Christian Bale was so touched that he decided Twitter wasn't so bad after all. "I've never been on Twitter, but how great a thing that it can create something like that! I mean, wonderful," the Dark Knight gushed to New York magazine.

Original TV Batman Adam West was also in awe.



So was 1989's Batman, Michael Keaton:

So basically, this was the best thing ever and made us all feel good about the world for a few hours. And for that, Batkid, we thank you.

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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