By now, you’ve likely read about the adorable five-year-old boy with leukemia whose wish to be a superhero was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Friday the charity, which grants wishes to severely and terminally ill children, teamed up with the city of San Francisco to give Miles Scott the chance to be Batkid for a day and solve a series of mock crimes.
Among the scores of people whose hearts melted over the adorable spectacle was the man who played Batman himself, 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.”
Bale, who played Batman in all three installments of Christopher Nolan’s superhero trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises), went on to say that despite being something of a Luddite, he was especially impressed with how the Internet played a role in making Miles’ day special:
I’m so far behind the times when it comes to things like that. I’m a dinosaur. I’ve never been on Twitter, but how great a thing that it can create something like that! 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.
Little Miles was diagnosed with leukemia three years ago, and is currently in remission.