There’s no denying that Final Fantasy VII is one heck of an emotional ride. Even so, you’d never expect the game to affect the mighty Bruce Wayne himself. What kind of Batman is Robert Pattinson going to be? A more relatable, vulnerable one, perhaps.
Both the 1997 classic and the recent Final Fantasy VII Remake are chock full of heart-wrenching moments. When the dastardly Shinra destroys the plate and crushes Sector 7, Barret Wallace howls in grief at the loss of his comrades, Biggs, Wedge and Jessie.
In the original game, the player hadn’t had much time to get to know the Avalanche gang, but the remake really fleshed out these characters. The battle at the plate in the reimagined version of the game was harrowing to watch as a result.
Another sequence –you just may have heard of it—is Aerith’s dramatic and unexpected demise at the hands of Sephiroth/JENOVA at the close of the game’s first disk. Back in 1997, this was an incredible shock to the system, one of the most iconic and tragic moments in gaming history.
Not only for the permanent loss of a core party member (a rarity in Final Fantasy and RPGs generally) but for what her death meant for her allies, what it represented. We only learn later that her seemingly worthless Materia was in fact Holy, the key to the planet’s very survival against Meteor.
Where does Robert Pattinson fit into all this? Well, in a recent interview with GameSpot promoting his latest movie role (in Christopher Nolan’s thrilling spy flick Tenet), the subject turned to the actor’s favorite game of all time. His response was super interesting:
Final Fantasy VII is, needless to say, not exactly an uncommon pick for a personal favorite video game ever, but Pattinson elaborated a little. “Probably one of the only times I’ve cried in my life was when Aerith dies… my first love,” the actor went on, half-joking.
Pattinson taking over the bat cowl has been a controversial appointment since it was first made, and the brutal new trailer has only fanned the flames of curiosity. Ultimately, as ever, it’s for the actor to prove himself in the role, but one thing’s for sure: the image of Pattinson blubbing as Cloud lays Aerith’s body to rest beneath the water is one that makes him feel a lot more relatable than he ever has. Check out the full interview for more of the same from Pattinson and his Tenet co-star Elizabeth Sebicki.
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