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'BatKid' saves San Francisco, takes over the internet

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BatKid hugging
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Twitter is awash in the tweets following the superheroics of a lone hero in San Francisco know only as the "BatKid." BatKid happens to be a five year old named Miles, who suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After his parents wrote to the Make-A-Wish Foundation about Miles' wish to become Batman, San Fran came out in a stunning show of support for him, turning the entire city into Gotham City. And then the internet exploded.

On a local level, The San Francisco Chronicle released a special edition of its paper this morning in Miles' honor, and reporters and citizens alike swarmed the city for hours to keep up with Miles' adventures. It's incredibly easy to see how massive an undertaking this project was for Make-A-Wish and the city, with 7,000 people turning out to make Miles' wish come true, The Miami Herald reports. According to the LA Times, Miles was given his own Batmobile, a personal call from police chief Greg Suhr for help, the chance to capture the Riddler and Penguin and save San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal, and the key to the city on the steps of City Hall in front of a flash mob of thousands.

The internet really gave the entire event legs as reporters, onlookers, and even government officials tweeted, Instagrammed, and Vined through the day, extending what was already an over-the-top spectacle.

Even President Obama sent his support for Miles on Twitter:

And on Vine: