Sammy Nickalls
May 21, 2015 1:54 pm

Forget Star Wars or Jurassic World — the most highly-anticipated film of the year is Batkid Begins, IMHO. Starring 5-year-old Miles Scott as a mini Batman, this is a very real documentary that Warner Brothers is releasing this summer. Don’t believe us? They just released the trailer today!

So let’s back up. If you haven’t heard of Miles, he’s a little superstar — or should we say, superhero — who has spent a lot of his young life battling leukemia. Miles also happens to be totally in love with superheroes (especially Batman!). His wish? To become the real Batman.

So back in November 2013, the Make-A-Wish foundation made his dream come true by turning San Francisco into Gotham City for a day. They also put out a call for volunteers, and boy, did volunteers come out — over 10,000 people showed up lining the streets to cheer on Batkid as he saved the day, dressed in a little Batman suit. And it wasn’t just volunteers, the entire city got involved. Cops, the mayor, it became national news.

“One of his doctors told us that with his disease they just become a fighter,” says his father, Nick Scott, in the trailer. “They fight for life. So I think he sees the good vs. evil battle in superheroes.”

Being a hero for a day might have been the only thing Miles wished for, but that’s not where the story ends. The entire thing went so viral that now, Warner Brothers is creating a documentary about the events of that day, when such a beautiful moment went viral, and everyone came together to put a smile on a kid’s face. As the press release for the movie states, the film is about, “What happens when an event goes unintentionally viral, and reveals surprising truths about what happens when a nerve is touched in our digital society . . . In the end, the film leaves audiences to decide; did Miles need the world for inspiration? Or did the world need Miles?” A very, very good question (but I think we needed Miles). 

Batkid Begins is playing in select U.S. theaters starting on June 26th and our gal Julia Roberts is involved in the project (she’s producing the film and, if rumors are true, starring in it too).

Heads up that there’s an incredibly charming poster for the movie already out:

There’s also this fully cry-worthy trailer.

See ya on the 26th.

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