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BatKid's Oscars Appearance Canceled

We all remember the story of 5-year-old Miles Scott, who is in remission from leukemia. Back in November, Here & Now spoke to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Francisco, which organized the entire city to help grant Miles’ wish to be BatKid for a day.

Miles was supposed to be a surprise guest at the Academy Awards on Sunday. He was going to appear on stage with “Spiderman” star Andrew Garfield, to introduce a tribute to comic book heroes in the movies. Instead, “Captain America” star Chris Evans took to the stage.

So what happened to Miles and his journey? An Academy spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter that they ran out of time and the bit had to be pulled.

Make-A-Wish spokesman Josh deBerge told us that Make-A-Wish wasn’t involved in setting up the trip, but a Make-A-Wish representative went with the family, and they were as surprised as anyone when the appearance was canceled.

“Following what happened on Sunday, there were arrangements made for the family to take them to Disneyland, among some other things,” deBerge said. “They told us they were disappointed and obviously they wanted things to turn out differently, as do we.”

Miles’ mom Natalie told the International Business Times that Miles was disappointed he didn’t get to wear his tux, but they ended up having fun anyway.

Guest

  • Josh deBerge, spokesman for Make-A-Wish America.
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Transcript

JEREMY HOBSON, HOST:

Well, now a quick update on a story we've been following, Robin. We remember the story of 5-year-old Miles Scott, who's in remission from leukemia.

ROBIN YOUNG, HOST:

You're referring to my boyfriend.

HOBSON: The BatKid, yes. And back in November, we spoke to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Francisco, which organized the entire city to tape videos and put on costumes to help make Grant Miles' wish to be a BatKid for a day come true.

GREG SUHR: This is Police Chief Greg Suhr, only hoping you can hear my voice. It's critical that you call me right now. We have a damsel in distress. But that's just the beginning, Batman, just the tip of the iceberg. You have to call me. It's urgent. Please, Caped Crusader, we need you. And bring the BatKid.

HOBSON: Well, the BatKid, Miles, was supposed to be a surprise guest at the Academy Awards on Sunday. He was going to appear on stage with "Spider-Man" star Andrew Garfield to introduce a tribute to comic book heroes in the movies, but instead, "Captain America" star Chris Evans took to the stage.

(SOUNDBITE OF 86TH ACADEMY AWARDS)

CHRIS EVANS: Since the dawn of storytelling, we've been joining heroes on journeys, finding entertainment and inspiration in their epic arcs. Their trials speak to our common struggle. Their triumphs inspire a collective hope. Let's take a look at some of the most unforgettably defining moments in our journey of the most popular heroes.

HOBSON: I think it would have been better with the BatKid. But what happened to Miles and his journey? Well, an Academy spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that they ran out of time...

YOUNG: What?

HOBSON: ...and the bit had to be pulled. We spoke to Make-A-Wish spokesperson Josh DeBerge, who told us that Make-A-Wish was not involved in setting up the trip, but a Make-A-Wish representative went with the family. They were just as surprised as anyone when the appearance was canceled.

JOSH DEBERGE: So, following what happened on Sunday, there were arrangements made for the family to take them to Disneyland, among some other things. And I do know that the family was disappointed. They told us they were disappointed. And, obviously, they wanted it to turn out differently, as did we. So we share in their disappointment, as well.

HOBSON: Well, Miles' mom, Natalie, told the International Business Times that Miles was disappointed that he didn't get to wear his tux, but they did end up having fun, anyway.

YOUNG: Jeremy, I have an idea. And I'm talking to you, Captain American star Chris Evans: I think you owe our BatKid a visit. How about it?

HOBSON: She's laying down the gauntlet right there, Chris Evans, if you're listening.

YOUNG: I am. I think - otherwise, we just - all heck will break out with superstars, here.

HOBSON: Also, I don't quite believe that they couldn't cut anything out of that Oscars. I don't know if you saw it, Robin, but it was pretty long. I could have cut out a few things.

YOUNG: So how about it, Captain America? Go visit. You're listening to HERE AND NOW. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.