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Gordon: “I never cared who you were.”

The Batman: “And you were right.”

Gordon: “But shouldn’t the people know who saved them?”

The Batman: “A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know the world hadn’t ended.”

(Gordon realizes the civilian alter ego of the Batman.)

One of the few days in the past few years where all of us put our cynicism aside was the story of the Batkid in San Francisco.  What started as a slightly outsized Make a Wish request turned into a story that took over social media and had people around the world captivated for one day.

‘Batkid Begins’ gives a pretty good behind the scenes look at how it all came to pass.  The initial request from the boy (“I want to be the real Batman”) to his explanation of why the Dark Knight (like a lot of us, he was pulled into re-runs of the 60s TV show and even at that age, he caught on to maybe the single greatest appeal: he has no superpowers).  How calling in favors to the Mayor’s Office and the Police Chief exploded into a city wide and then worldwide phenomenon (thank you social media).  It’s still a great story.  Even the cynical question of ‘the city has better things to spend money on’ was corrected by a wealthy couple who ended up footing the bill (this went down near Silicon Valley after all.)

You want to feel good about people again for a couple hours?  Relive the story again through this movie.

Now streaming on Netflix.

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