Avatar The Last Air Bender Is Its Own Live Action Series
There is undeniably a lot of love for Nickelodeon’s Avatar- The Last Air Bender. It is like people, especially Avatar fans will never let it die. Let alone dying, there are often repeated attempts to breathe life into the fantasy animated series. If a movie was not enough, Netflix has just announced its plan to bring back the cult adventure series as live-action drama.
Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have been both signed on to oversee the show. They could not contain their excitement for being a part of this ambitious project and expressed their excitement in these words:
“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. We can’t wait to realize Aang’s world as cinematically as we always imagined it to be, and with a culturally appropriate, non-whitewashed cast. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build upon everyone’s great work on the original animated series and go even deeper into the characters, story, action, and world-building. Netflix is wholly dedicated to manifesting our vision for this retelling, and we’re incredibly grateful to be partnering with them.”
The Live Action Must Refrain From a Dearth of Themes
There is a lot to honor when adapting a mega- show. Avatar had its own themes, some of which lied in the background. While the movie completely chose to ignore the soundness of the animation’s opening, we can only hope that things will be different with its live action. Aang discovering a room of statues of the past Avatars- this entire scene laid out a blueprint for the show to work on. The opening sequence was highly thematic, dawning upon the concepts of ancestry, responsibility, the rite of passage and cycles of life. The live action must depict this scene with the same grace to imbue to a like impact.
Graphics like that of Game of Thrones will be required to open the show. And, also to continue the illustrative, magnificent framework of the source material do the true essence is not lost.
Coordination in the Origins of Characters and Actors
Hopefully, the live- action will be free of any kind of ‘racebending’. The Avatar cast must remain true to its original race – Asians. Of Course, it is a bad idea to race – label characters. But, a good idea to elicit characters from the same region where the original story was set. #AsianAugust gained a soaring momentum in Hollywood. And, we hope that it has inspired the show runners enough that they cast the denizens of the right place for their parts.
It Can’t Compromise on Any Characters
The show too has a great scope at breaking the glass ceiling. Between the Southern Air Temple and freeing the imprisoned earthbenders, Team Avatar recruits the Kyoshi Warriors, an all-female band of vibrant, theatrical fighters. This is should be sketched into a single episode. Trust me; this is exactly the episode I’d want to see. In fact, it is the episode I really want to see right now. The artistry portrayal of badass women kicking in to save veteran sages, this is the feminism we need on screen.
Furthermore, the new series can walk beyond of any plans of skipping a character. If the show tries to circumvent its way through, completely refusing to acknowledge the existence of a few characters; there will be a significant drop in potential viewers. Aang’s heroism, Suki’s passionate love, Sokka ’s zealous drollness, Zuko’s vindication, and Toph’s toughness are all equally vital to the show. Each character has its own devoted fan base. And these fanatics will definitely tune in to the show to see the human out of their favorite character. And if the favorite part is missing, there is no part.
This is the cynical age for TV adaptions. So, we can only pull over hopes that this reconstruction stands up to the legacy of its touchstone