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Why the Oscars cut ‘Batkid’…and how Spider-Man saved ‘the day’ for leukemia survivor

Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, right, walks with Batman before saving a damsel in distress last November in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


GOTHAM MAY BE known as a tough town. Hollywood has proved to be even tougher.

Fortunately, cinema’s current Spider-Man can play the hero in real life, too.

As you’ll recall, “Batkid” — aka leukemia survivor Miles Scott — charmed a city and warmed a nation last November when the 5-year-old spent a day running around the streets of San Francisco as the Make-a-Wish Foundation and hundreds of volunteers staged a citywide Batfantasy of adventure for the boy. And Tinseltown seemed ready to provide Miles with a new adventure this week when he was invited to appear onstage at Sunday’s Academy Awards (where Christian “Batman” Bale happened to be a best actor nominee). But then, sometime between Saturday’s rehearsal and Sunday’s ceremony, Batkid’s bit got the ax. The services of Miles and his tuxedo would no longer be needed.

Sorry, kid. That’s Hollywood…

Miles’s mother, Natalie Scott, told the International Business Times this week: “It got pulled so quickly that we didn’t have a lot of insight into what was going on. It is kind of a disappointment, but things happen. I know that’s how TV goes and how Hollywood is. We’re just not used to that.”

Miles was to appear in a “heroes”-themed segment with Andrew Garfield, who successfully inherited the Spidey suit from Tobey Maguire and stars in the upcoming “Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

On Thursday, the film Academy cited “hard decisions” in having to cut the segment.

“Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments due to the logistics of production,” AMPAS said in a statement, adding: “Andrew Garfield understood that his segment had to be omitted.”

So while they were visiting from the Bay Area, the Scott family decided to go the “Happiest Place on Earth” — where Batkid was met by Garfield himself, reports Vanity Fair.

“The [Oscars] producers arranged for Miles and his family to visit Disneyland on Monday,” Garfield’s representatives told Vanity Fair in a statement, “and Andrew drove down to visit them and to bring Miles a personal gift.”

Batkid and Spidey in the land of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. Now, if only more grownups were running the Oscars.




Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.



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