“Avatar: The Last Airbender” spin-off brings old crew, new questions
By Whitney Milam
HollywoodNews.com: Nickelodeon recently announced that “The Legend of Korra”, a spin-off to “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, the animated series on which M. Night Shyamalan based his recent vastly inferior and roundly panned film adaptation, will premiere in November 2011, and Ugo now reports from Comic-Con that Jeremy Zuckerman, who composed the original series, will be returning to score “Korra” as well, joining series creators Michael Dante Dimartino and Bryan Konietzko on the project.
The spin-off will follow the established Avatar mythology and feature the adventures of a female bender named Korra 70 years after Aang’s original story, presumably after his death as there cannot be two Avatars at once, as she is taught by Tanzin (son of Aang and Katara) to master all four elements. This journey takes her to the Steampunk-inspired capital of the modern Avatar universe, Republic City, which Nickelodeon describes in a press release as “a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart.”
What little information we have so far raises a lot of questions, most pressingly, for fans of the original series, what happened to Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Zuko? DiMartino assures the Wall Street Journal that there is a “definite link between the old series and this one,” but refuses to give anything else away for now. Many fans theorize that the new series–which its creators have said will have mature, dark themes–will focus more on the spirit world. Any other thoughts or theories, Avatar fans?