The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield joined a young leukaemia survivor at Disneyland in California on Monday (03Mar14) after a planned superhero segment featuring the pair was axed from the Oscars ceremony.

The actor had initially been booked to appear as a presenter at the Academy Awards and producers wanted him to take part in a separate sketch, in which five-year-old Miles Scott, known as Batkid, would be made an official superhero.

The skit was cut from the live prizegiving on Sunday (02Mar14), and Garfield was a no-show at the high-profile event, sparking false reports suggesting he had dropped out of the gig and snubbed Scott.

However, a spokesperson from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organisation behind the Oscars, has now cleared the story up, blaming time constraints for Batkid's absence.

The representative tells, "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 five-year-old Miles Scott and his family."

Scott hit headlines in November (13) when he took to the streets of San Francisco, California with more than 11,000 volunteers and organisers from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to turn the place into fictional Gotham City, where Batman fights crime.

The youngster, who was dressed up as a mini-Batman, teamed up with city officials to help 'save' San Francisco from ruin.