The media has been infatuated the last couple of day over a five year old kid that has been dubbed the Batkid. Miles Scott has been battling leukemia since he was a baby, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped make his dream of becoming a superhero come true.
Over twelve thousand volunteers turned out to help turn San Francisco into Gotham City for a day, and headlines around the country have declared that Batkid saved Gotham. Even President Barack Obama issued an official thanks to the Batkid.
It’s great to see so much support given to a kid who has been through a lot in his young life. However, the media might be underestimating what Batkid has truly been able to accomplish. Not only has he saved Gotham, but in a way, he’s helped to save Batman.
Before Batkid, the last real-life Batman story to receive this much attention in the worldwide media was the unfortunate events at a Dark Knight Rises screening in Aurora, Colorado. Even though it shouldn’t have been the case, an evil man tainted the public perception of Batman, because of when and how he decided to commit a horrifying act.
But Batkid has once again reminded the public all that is great about Batman. At its heart, the Batman story is about a hero who helps the less fortunate and protects the innocent. Through his love of Batman, Batkid has pulled a city together and captured the hearts of millions.
Batkid has reminded the world that Batman isn’t about some crazy man in a darkened theater, but he’s about the hopes and dreams of children, about the courage and the spirit to never give up even in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds, and about the ultimate triumph of good over evil.