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Batkid Oscars appearance alongside Andrew Garfield canned at the last minute

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The Batkid, who “saved” San Francisco during an elaborate Make-A-Wish event in 2013, was supposed to bring his superpowers to the Academy Awards, but his bat ears and cape never made it on to the Oscars stage.

Five-year-old Miles Scott was set to make an appearance at the Oscars alongside Andrew Garfield, but the segment got canned at the last minute, FOX411 has learned. 

The New York Post reported that Garfield backed out of the presenter slot because of issues he had with his script, leaving Miles high and dry, but a rep for the Academy told us that production issues caused the cancellation.

"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," the Academy said in a statement. "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 Make-A-Wish foundation backed that up. "We were pleased that Andrew, on his own time, drove to Anaheim on Monday to spend time with 5-year-old Miles and his family," a rep told FOX411.

Miles’ mother, Natalie Scott, told the International Business Times that the family was informed of the change the morning of the show.

“I don’t know if they ran out of time, of if there was something about the segment they didn’t like,” Scott said. “It got pulled so quickly that we didn’t have a lot of insight into what was going on.”

She said that Miles was planning to wear a tuxedo for the event and had attended a rehearsal on Saturday to prepare.

Miles is a leukemia survivor. 

A statement from Garfield's publicist on Thursday said the actor prepared a segment to honor Miles, but said the Academy scrubbed it.

"Andrew and Miles were equally upset. The producers arranged for Miles and his family to visit Disneyland on Monday and Andrew drove down to visit them and to bring Miles a personal gift," the statement said. "Andrew did the right thing for Batkid, and anyone saying otherwise is flat-out lying."

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