Batkid, better known as 5-year-old Leukemia surviror Miles Scott, was pulled from a slot at the Academy Awards on Sunday at the last minute.
According to Natalie Scott, Miles’ mother, her son was pulled with “little explanation” to the family. The Academy justified its decision by stating that the segment didn’t work with the “fluid nature” of live TV.
The family had flown to Los Angeles, bought a tuxedo for Miles and even took part in a rehearsal on Saturday. Despite all of that, organizers informed them Sunday morning that the Batkid segment had been pulled.
“I know that’s how TV goes and how Hollywood is,” Scott said. “We’re just not used to that; we’re from a really small town.”
To make up for the last-minute change, Andrew Garfield, whose appearance was also pulled from the award show on Sunday night, took Miles to Disneyland.
Miles gained international attention in November when the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his wish to become a superhero. The city of San Francisco was turned into Gotham City for the day, and Miles was paraded around as Batkid.