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“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?

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  • Michael
    July 24, 2010 | Permalink |

    You know, I don’t mind re-reading the same release information regarding a show multpile times on several websites, but the one thing that irked me about this one was this line – “what happened to Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Zuko?” – What about TOPH?!

    Best character. Ever. Taang. NO Kataang.

  • Rose and Thal's
    July 24, 2010 | Permalink |

    I am so pumped for this new series. the photo looks awesome and i am so excited for the new animation. I hope the plot is worthy of the original avatar. i hope they answer some questions about zukos mom. Also, I wonder how aang went about restoring the air nomads. I suppose it is possible that he used his energy bending abilities to create new airbenders.

    “The True Mind can weather all the lies and illusions without being lost.
    The True Heart can tough the poison of hatred without being harmed.
    Since beginningless time, Darkness thrives in the void
    but always yields to purifying Light.”

  • Julie
    July 24, 2010 | Permalink |

    I watched the entire season when it first came out n after I saw the movie… The series was such an excellent and original entertaining story that leads to the fact that this series epilogue will basically assist m night successful attempt of completely murdering the original… Don’t mess with a good thing!

  • Ryan
    July 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    I swear to God, I better find out what the fuck happened to Zuko’s mom.

  • Hannah
    July 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    About a year prior to the release of M.Night Shamalan’s interpretation of the first of book of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I was able to catche just about every episode of the series. But, after sitting through the movie, I decided to go on back and watch them all again. I feel so cleiche saying it, but the whole series left me so happy:) I love thinking of a world like that. Anyway, I believe the creators should use the last airbenders most recent attention to jump-start Book/Season 4 for the last element:Air. Now, we all know that Aang already mastered air at the start of the show, but many storylines could be thought up for this. Such as Aang’s journey to completly restoring balance to the world by bringing back the air nomads. And could also include his struggle to maintain the balance his friends helped create after decresing the fire nation’s influence on the world. I feel upset not knowing if the creators even TRIED to explore more possibilities for another Book/Season such as this. I know that another season would get SOOOOO many more viewers than The Legend of Korra would. With more of The last Airbender, you already have your loyal and excited fans ready to give more suporrt. Establishing faith in The Legend of Korra would be much more of a challenge. A difficult one, at that. Personaly, I am scared to try watching The Legend of Korra when it comes out. Like I said, Avatar: The Last Airbender made me so happy:) I just dont want to risk tainting the perfect image I have of the Avatar world with someone else’s story.Ho

  • Kaike
    July 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    Im so pumped about this! I couldnt even imagen that they would make something like this. Im gonna be in college when it premires but im sure gonna watch it! Avatar is the best anime ever! Its story is amazing. I really hope that this series is as good as the previous one. And also hope that the series starts off with information about the the end of The Last Airbender. Cant wait for it! But until then, will wait for more info from Nick 🙂

  • Macario
    July 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    I am the biggest avatar the last airbender fan, I watched the every single episode, when it aired, I was waiting for the show for 2 years after it was announced, I knew it would be good, and also, everyone is making up stuff -_- some say 100 years so and there will be a lot of flashbacks and you will see aang and sakka and sakura again… oh and it’s 3 seasons, 13 episodes each… oh and each episode is 45 minutes long, and it will have 720p and 1080p, and it’s widescreen, not the 4:3 aspect ratio, you’ll see a promo for the show in may and in june, it will air a sneak peek and they said that there was going to be 3 more seasons to continue the story in 2008

  • Borjan
    July 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    … Do you even HEAR yourself, Macario?

    Avatar: The Last Airbender’ was plotted to have 3 Seasons/Books (precisely three), with 20, episodes each. Not 13 – and NOT 45 minutes each!

    Are you sure we wathced the same show?

    No, ATLA is FINISHED. Done. Complete. And thank god it is, too, because I’d hate to think of the decay the storyline would have gone through. It would have been too great a shift in tone, after the war was over, to continue Aang’s story – it wouldn’t have felt right. Yes, they are kids, and the characters stories THEMSELVES aren’t over, but … do you really want to watch heaps of episodes about them dealing with puberty? Because THAT is what we’d have gotten if the show had gone on – Aang and Toph were almost 13, Katara was 14, Sokka 15 and Zuko 16. And the rest … yeah …

    I love the GAang, but I’m pleased to see a new, fresh, invigorating story is being produced in the same universe. I love the idea of a female Avatar to follow Aang – especially since Korra looks to be something of a tomboy. Probably partly because she was inspired by Avatar Kyoshi, who was a more temperamental Avatar of the past. And also because Warrior Women are so IN, for this genre! Katara was a warrior woman – motherly one, but she was still willing to FIGHT, and fans LOVED that!

    I wish they had mentioned Toph in this article as well, but I’m not surprised they haven’t – they’re not really caring about more than laying out the bare bones for this ‘report’, and besides, the fans know what the show really is anyway.

    Personally, I’m eager to see what they do with this show, which will definitely be a great break from the tone of the previous series – not to say it will definitely be great, but since it’s coming from the same guys that made the first, I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt before I pass judgement.

  • Gilbert
    August 19, 2010 | Permalink |

    OMB they can’t just have all of teem avatar dead they’re have to explai all of there deaths and common there’s only twelve eps tht crazy!

  • Gershom
    August 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    avatar. it was absolutely fantastic. i mean i always get left at the end of every book wanting more, and i think that the folks who made the avatar will make the greatest mistake if they dont finish it off. like Hannah said, it needs to have a book 4, because that will answer everything. we will get to know about zuko’s mom, and what happened to team avatar – did they just die?
    i know tat alot of us fans were waiting for aang and katara to get together, and when they did, it just finished. we dont even know what happened to everyone! where did azula go and what happened to uncle ihro? did anything happen to get the airbenders back and how did zuko go about changing the world? these are just some questions that have to be asked in another book, not 75 years ad.
    if another book doesnt come up before korra does, the new avatar could basically just get in the way of a complete story.

  • August 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    ok lets get somethin strait macario this aint NARUTO its called AVATAR!!!! SAKURA is from NARUTO you mean KATARA shes from A.V.A.T.A.R!!! Not to b mean but get ur frkn facts strait!!! cuz im a mega naruto fan so im not stupid!!!! and i own avatar so u can kiss my ass if u think ur a mega fan of avatar so get back on the street corner and make sakura some money!!!! lmao jk but sakura is from naruto not avatar and i dont own any anime shows k!!!!

  • Hannah
    September 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    Agreed Gershom. I believe the fans would be absolutly extactic for a perfect ending with all the questions answerd in a book 4. And if the creaters of ATLA are making The Legend of Korra, is it reeeallly to much to ask for a fourth book of ATLA to be released first? Then I think it would be the appropriate timming to open The Legend of Korra. I even think it would be just fine if it was 70 yrs. post-Aang. As long as things are all tied up. There was too many straying strings at the end of book 3. Oh, and Baily…….yeaaaa girl…… seriously….??

  • October 1, 2010 | Permalink |

    Ok I have suggestions for the creaters i know your not planning to make another series but me and my friends really like the series and we were really sad to learn it was over. Ive heard some rumers about a new series of avatar the legend of korra but it wont be the same. What if in a new series with aang in it of course zuko looks for his mom he asked people about it and they say they heard rumers of someone imprisoning her underground when they go under ground they find a portal that transports them to our world with no benders. Then im in it im in the middle of climbing a tree when they come out of a forest near my house blah blah stuff happenes and i eventually end up searching the world with them looking for the portal back too there home. then they find out in there world im an airbender and aang teaches me if you know the creaters please contact me at my email Hransford360@gmail.com thank you

  • Hanna
    November 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    I’m actually kind of disappointed at the idea of the Korra series, because after watching the whole Last Airbender series again after it ended, I discovered I was Zutarian. I’m hoping the ‘flashback’ scenes that Bryke have mentioned with contain footage of Zuko’s mother, because we all know how much of a loose end that was. While the Book 3 ending was something I consider epic, I can’t help but want them to continue through a fourth book instead of a time leap. From what I read, they only let on about Korra and Tenzin in this, and seeing as it’s set 70 years ahead, I’m guessing Tenzin is a lot older that Korra, who is said to be a teenager, so the romantic thing is not happening there.
    I’m very anxious about the new series, but I really hope a flashback scene contains SOME exploration of the Zutara plot ideas, because if one was really to think about it, the Book 3 ending was more Zutara than Kataang and that left a lot of people with their mouths hanging open. Not meaning to criticize the canon pairing, just trying to gain some solid footing in preparation for this new series.
    Good luck Bryke, you’ll definitely need it with those rabid ATLA fans around! 🙂

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