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Batkid Is Back In Upcoming Documentary

OPB | July 22, 2014 11:30 a.m. | Updated: July 23, 2014 9:11 a.m. | Portland

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You don’t have to be a comic book fanatic to get excited about the upcoming “Batkid Begins” movie.

No, not Bruce Wayne as a toddler. The film centers on 5-year-old Miles Scott, a leukemia survivor from Tulelake, Calif., who asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation to be transformed into Batkid.

“It’s the most fun thing I’ve ever done professionally,” producer and director Dana Nachman says. “They took a dream and they made it happen.”

The upcoming documentary "Batkid Begins" chronicles the story of Miles Scott, a 5-year-old leukemia survivor who asked Make-A-Wish Foundation to transform him into Batkid for the day. Tens of thousands showed up to cheer Miles on as he fought crime alongside Batman.

The organization granted his wish earlier this year and tens of thousands turned out to cheer him on in San Francisco — I mean, Gotham. It was a fantasy that captured the imagination of the entire city. The police chief appeared on local news, requesting Batkid’s help. He and Batman then teamed up in matching Lamborghini Batmobiles to track down and lock up evil-doers like the Riddler and Penguin.

“I think (the film) leaves people thinking about their own lives and how they can make beautiful things happen on a day to day basis,” Nachman says.

For those of us not in the Bay Area, the story of Batkid touched our hearts through photos and videos. We saw the “Keep Calm And Call Batkid” signs, we watched President Obama thank the pint-sized superhero for his service.

The documentary is broken up into three parts: First introducing Miles, his family and the people involved in his wish, second how the wish reached an international audience and finally the day Miles saved Gotham. Nachman says the first cut will likely be done by November 2014, one year after Mile’s wish came true.

“People seem to be really into it,” Nachman says. “I hope it resonates with people. There’s a lot of darkness out there.”

The film crew is trying to crowdsource money for some of the documentary’s more expensive aspects. So far, the campaign has raised more than $40,000 of its $100,000 goal in a week.

Cinema Blend reports that footage from that fateful day Batkid saved the city of Gotham and interviews are complete, so producers now want to flesh out the movie with original music, graphics, special effects and some other odds and ends. Most of the prizes for the crowdsourcing campaign will even earn you some Batkid swag.

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