Miles Scott—better known to the world as Batkid—has fought leukemia, battled The Penguin and saved Gotham City from evil… but it turns out Spider-Man was the real villain he had to look out for.
According to a new report, the five-year-old superhero was scheduled to appear at the Academy Awards on Sunday, where Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield was going to make him an “official superhero” with help from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Society—only the 30-year-old backed out at the last minute because he "didn't like his lines."
“Garfield refused to go by the script. He came up with his own lines. The producers felt that Garfield’s [rewrites] were not appropriate,” a source told Page Six. “Garfield had a tantrum, he stormed off. Miles and his family, who were at the rehearsal, were devastated.”
His mom told the International Business Times that her son had his tux and was ready to go.
"We had gone all the way down there, and he went through the rehearsal and he had a fancy tux and was all ready for it," Natalie Scott said.
She also revealed her son’s two front teeth had been loose for several days, and that Miles waited until Thursday morning to pull one out.
“He was hanging on to them so he could wear them with his tux,” she said
Luckily, a real hero was able to swoop in and save the day—Captain America star Chris Evans. Still, the segment—which is said to feature clips of several film heroes, before concluding with Miles being introduced by the star—didn’t make it into the final cut of the show.
Though they Academy were initially tight lipped about the it, they issued a statement this afternoon to clear up any misunderstanding of events.
"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.
"Andrew Garfield understood that his segment had to be omitted, and he drove to Disneyland on Monday to spend time with 5-year-old Miles Scott (Batkid) and his family," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said.
“Batkid” first rose to fame in November when the Make-a-Wish Foundation transformed San Francisco into Gotham City to make his dream of fighting crime a reality. He took on The Penguin and saved a damsel in distress with his sidekick Robin—played by his younger brother—at his side.
Miles, who has been fighting Leukemia since he was 18-months-old, completed his final treatment last June and is currently in remission.