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Jennifer Arellano
November 18, 2013 AT 10:09 PM EST

You’d have to be made of stone not to feel for Batkid, San Francisco’s superhero for a day. The 5-year-old boy, named Miles, whose leukemia is in remission, asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation to be Batman for a day, and his wish came true on Friday. He saved damsels in distress, prevented bank robberies, and warmed everyone’s hearts in his adorable miniature-caped glory.

Also not immune to Batkid’s heroics? The man who reinvigorated the Batman name itself: Christian Bale. “Wasn’t that fantastic?” Bale told Vulture. “I looked on the news and I saw this headline and thought, ‘What’s that?’ And I saw all the pictures of him running around and saving people. It’s so touching.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation’s call for support drew thousands of volunteers, bolstered by social-media efforts, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.  Bale was in awe of the unifying powers of the internet: “I’ve never been on Twitter, but how great a thing that it can create something like that!” Bale told Vulture. “I mean, wonderful. This little kid, oh my God — what a wonderful day for the little fella! It’s just fantastic, seeing all those people who were out there to support it.”

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