‘Batkid’ Documentary Headed to Theaters, Julia Roberts to Produce and Star

By January 23, 2015

On November 15th, 2013, hearts were warmed nationwide as we learned the story of “Batkid,” aka Miles Scott. A young child and cancer survivor, Scott was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation that ended up being the single largest effort that the organization has ever planned, by enlisting city officials, businesses, and thousands of volunteers to turn the city of San Francisco into Gotham City: the home of DC Comics’ iconic superhero, Batman. He became affectionately known as “Batkid,” and he foiled classic Batman villains like the Penguin and the Riddler, got to drive around in a Batmobile, and the momentous day was capped off at San Francisco’s city hall, where Scott was given the key to the city by the mayor himself.

It was a wonderful tale of a community coming together to ignite a child’s dream, and helped to illustrate just how people can come together in the pursuit of a compassionate goal. It looks like we’re about to be exposed to that story once again, as Variety has reported that actress Julia Roberts will produce and star in a wide-release adaptation of the documentary Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard around the World.

The original version of the documentary will debut later this month at the Slamdance Film Festival, but director Dana Nachman is certainly excited about the prospect of bringing the story to an even wider audience granted through the greater means of Roberts and her partners. In a statement, Nachman said,

It’s thrilling to me that Ms. Roberts and her team watched our film and were so moved by it that they want to dedicate their time and creative capital to make sure the widest audience possible will know and love Miles’ story and the spirit of this intimate special event that went global, as much as we do.

Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard around the World will be screening at Slamdance on January 24th, and no wide release information was yet available. For more on the larger release of Batkid Begins, be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation! In the meantime, see the trailer for the film below!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • Thomas Kelly

    That’s amazing <3 I remember hearing about this story when it happened 2 years ago! a great story of the kindness that humanity can have.