The last thing we here at The Dissolve would ever want to do is tell you how to react to a movie, or to even predict how you might feel about a new feature, but there are exceptions to every rule: Batkid Begins is going to make you cry. (If not, you might be a monster, but that’s a discussion for a different day.) Join me in the crying.
Back in 2013, a pint-sized superhero named Miles Scott captured the imaginations and affections of the world when the leukemia survivor (he’s still in remission! go, Miles!) shared his Make-A-Wish wish with the world. Miles wanted to be Batman, or more appropriately, Batkid, and he wanted to fight crime and hunt down baddies and wear a cool suit and just have a lot of fun (pause for crying). Miles’ story really struck the collective consciousness—you probably remember the whole thing dominating your social-media streams, I sure do—and what could have been a relatively simple wish (here, kid, here’s a batsuit) soon became a worldwide phenomenon.
Miles really did become Batkid, and the planet watched as the teensy fighter saved Gotham (San Francisco, go with it) over the course of one magical day (still crying). Now Miles’ story—and that of his family, friends, and everyone who helped make Batkid a reality—is hitting the big screen in the form of Batkid Begins, a new documentary all about that one fantastic day in November. Sorry about all the hankies you’re going to need (yup, still crying).
The trail of the tape
Title: Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Round The World
Director: Dana Nachman
Screenwriter: Dana Nachman, Kurt Kuenne
Cast: Miles Scott, Natalie Scott, Nick Scott, the citizens of Gotham/San Francisco
Release date: June 26, 2015
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “How are you going to be the real Batman?”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
And, because you have not yet cried enough, Julia Roberts is already planning on producing and starring in a fictionalized feature version of the film.