San Francisco transforms into Gotham City to welcome five-year-old Caped Crusader

Miles arrives in San Francisco to "rescue a woman in distress". Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The centre of San Francisco transformed into Gotham City - the home of Batman - for a five-year-old boy who celebrated beating cancer by joining his idol, comic book hero Batman, for a day.

ITV News correspondent Nina Nannar reports:

Thousands of fans turned out to watch Miles Scott, now also known as "Bat Kid", whiz around the city with his crime-solving partner Batman - rescuing a damsel in distress from a train track and arresting comic book foe the Riddler at a bank.

Miles, who has battled leukaemia since he was one-year-old and been in remission since June, had his dream fulfilled by the Make a Wish Foundation project.

The mini Batman's heroics didn't go unnoticed from President Barack Obama, who released a short video on the The White House Vine feed, saying, "Way to go Miles, way to save Gotham."

The Riddler is taken away by a San Francisco Police officer after being apprehended by the five-year-old. Credit: REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Miles hops out of Batman's famous Batmobile car. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
The five-year-old met San Franscisco's Mayor, Ed Lee. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
Miles waves to the crowd on the shoulders of Batman. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
Miles carries his Batman balloon after the event. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith