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‘Batkid Begins’ documentary trailer revisits little hero’s super adventure, influence

Miles Scott, 5, the Batkid, waits in the Batmobile as he gets ready to stop a bank robbery in San Francisco on Nov. 15, 2013. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

Miles Scott, 5, the Batkid, waits in the Batmobile as he gets ready to stop a bank robbery in San Francisco on Nov. 15, 2013. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

A San Francisco police officer escorts 5-year-old leukemia survivor Miles Scott, also known as Batkid, after arresting the Riddler on Nov. 15, 2013 in San Francisco. (Ramin Talaie / Getty Images)

Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, right, runs with Batman after saving a damsel in distress in San Francisco on Nov. 15, 2013. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, right, walks with Batman before saving a damsel in distress in San Francisco on Nov. 15, 2013. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

Miles Scott, 5, the Batkid, rescues a woman on Hyde Street in San Francisco on Nov. 15, 2013. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

Miles Scott, 5, dressed as Batkid, second from left, raises his arm next to Batman at a rally outside of City Hall with Mayor Ed Lee, left, and his mother Natalie Scott in San Francisco on Nov. 15, 2013. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

Daniel Fry holds up his daughter, Kayla, 5, as they wait for Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, in San Francisco on Nov. 15, 2013. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

The trailer for “Batkid Begins” is out, offering a first look at the emotional documentary about a young leukemia survivor whose superheroic wish is granted.

The film, from director and co-producer Dana Nachman, follows then 5-year-old Miles Scott, a cancer patient who told Make-A-Wish Foundation he wanted to be “the real Batman.”

“When we’re going about doing a wish, it is whimsical in thinking about what would wow that child,” Patricia Wilson, executive director of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, says in the trailer. “And it gives them a little bit of their childhood back that’s been robbed.”

With the help of more than 12,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish transformed San Francisco into Gotham, helped Miles become Batkid and orchestrated a comic-book-worthy adventure that unfolded in front of a national television audience and internationally via social media.

“Batkid Begins” isn’t Hollywood’s only take on the inspiring event. Julia Roberts is producing and starring in a narrative movie based on Batkid’s story.

“Batkid Begins” will be distributed in limited release on June 26.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | @LATHeroComplex

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