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The Kid Crusader

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One sunny afternoon in San Francisco, 13,000 citizens gathered together to help transform their city into Gotham, the fictional home of The Batman. And it was all for a 5-year-old boy named Miles Scott.

Thanks to the heroic efforts of the Make-A-Wish foundation, Miles, a leukemia survivor, was able to live out his dream of being Batman for a day.  Everyone from the police chief to members of the San Francisco Giants to news outlets nationwide lent their efforts to Miles’ cause and made “Batkid” their champion for a day.

From morning till evening, Batkid rode shotgun with The Dark Knight himself in his very own Batmobile. Together they rescued a damsel in distress, diffused a ticking time bomb, foiled a bank robbery by The Riddler, and saved the Giants mascot Lou Seal from a kidnapping by The Penguin.

Finally the Kid Crusader arrived at City Hall where the thankful citizens of Gotham clapped and cheered him on. He was given a chocolate key to the city along with a $10,000 donation check for his family. Finally unmasked, Miles shook hands with the mayor, who declared November 15 “Batkid Day Forever.”

Just proof of how a passionate community can come together to create a truly unforgettable experience — for one little boy and for a whole city, too.

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Written by Andrew Canlon
Andrew Canlon

November 20th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

THE GOLDEN AGE OF ‘GEEK-DOM’

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Batman, Superman, Iron Man, oh my!

These are the names of (some of) my childhood heroes. Nowadays, these cats are all the rage, but once upon a time (way) back in the 90’s, things weren’t so awesome for comic book kids like me.

Many folks today forget the embarrassing on-screen antics of George Clooney in his glossy, nipple-clad bat-suit in the 1997 bomb, “Batman & Robin”, or the twisted weirdness of Tim Burton’s goth-thriller, “Batman Returns” in 1992. Sadly, at the time, that’s all we had to look forward to, and as fans, we bore the the brunt of the laughter as we stubbornly refused to hang up our Batman pajamas.

For years, the comic book community yearned for Hollywood to stop treating our idols like cheap cartoons, but it seemed our prayers had fallen on deaf ears.

Then in 2005, along came a filmmaker named Christopher Nolan (or St. Christopher, to some bat-fans). Nolan’s aim was to take the character seriously and expose the gritty nature of the caped crusader’s war on crime. The result was the mega-hit, “Batman Begins“, which gave way to film classic, “The Dark Knight“.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest films of all time, TDK stars Heath Ledger as one of the most sinister villains in the history of pop culture; Batman’s arch-nemisis, “The Joker”. Not to be overlooked, Christian Bale’s performance as a more soulful Bruce Wayne/vengeful Batman also gave credibility to the now exploding genre of superhero cinema. There was a time when Christopher Reeve and Michael Keaton weren’t proud of their stints as on-screen heroes. Now? A-List actors are chomping at the bit to wear a cape.

Thanks to the critical success of Nolan’s Bat-films, major studios are green-lighting some of the comic book world’s biggest names for their moment in the sun. Just one look at this year’s lineup is undeniable proof that the golden age of comics is experiencing an unfathomable renaissance. As Iron Man would say, “let’s do a headcount”:

Iron Man 3 – May 3rd
The Wolverine – July 26th
Thor: The Dark World – November 8
The Lone Ranger – July 3rd
Kick Ass 2 – June 28th
Man of Steel – June 14th
Star Trek: Into Darkness – (Not a comic book film, but still a cornerstone of nerd culture) May 17th

So kids, dust off those Superman pajamas and wear them proudly! Bust open those old comic books and recall those epic tales! Put on your costumes! Ignite your lightsabers! Skip work to go to Comic-Con! Why?

Because geek truly is the new chic!

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