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A first look at the Shyamalan-less Last Airbender sequel series

Mar. 8, 2011by: Paul Tassi

The biggest tragedy of M. Night Shyamalan's LAST AIRBENDER was not that the film itself was an abomination, it's that it was so bad, anyone who saw it would probably never even consider watching the animated series it was based on.

Let me make a PSA here where I say trust me, even if the horribleness of the movie is burned into your mind, the TV show on Nickelodeon is an amazing series, and worth checking out no matter your age or entertainment preferences. An American anime show seems like a strange concept, but trust me, it works incredibly well, and the universe created for the show is both fascinating and compelling.

But enough free advertising for Airbender DVDs, the news item here is that Nickelodeon is attempting to shed the Shyamalan associations with a brand new Airbender series subtitled "The Legend of Korra." Above and below are the first images from the new show, and below you'll find a synopsis of what's going on in the future Airbender universe.

The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern “Avatar” world, Republic City – a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is 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. Under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.

Aang's son, incidentally, is voiced by J.K. Simmons. Hell yeah.

Anyway, this is the first I've heard about this, so I'm unreasonably excited for it. Now go check out the original series and make me happy. 

Extra Tidbit: What's another huge gap between quality of the source material and quality of the adaptation?
Source: Nickelodeon

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4:31PM on 03/08/2011
Avatar: Last Airbender, on the outside looks like a kids show, but on the inside its an amazing Epic....highly recommended. Its sad M night had to fuck it up, because Airbender could of been an awesome movie. However, I am looking forward to this new series!
Avatar: Last Airbender, on the outside looks like a kids show, but on the inside its an amazing Epic....highly recommended. Its sad M night had to fuck it up, because Airbender could of been an awesome movie. However, I am looking forward to this new series!
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2:22PM on 03/08/2011
Korra = Airbender
Quorra = Tron

also more horrible adaptations:
1) Daredevil, Fantastic 4, Punisher, Ghost Rider
2) Memoirs of a Geisha
Korra = Airbender
Quorra = Tron

also more horrible adaptations:
1) Daredevil, Fantastic 4, Punisher, Ghost Rider
2) Memoirs of a Geisha
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2:19PM on 03/08/2011

Extra Tidbit.... from the future!!

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12:46PM on 03/08/2011

another gap?

another giant gap between source material would be...

Gullivers Travels (book) and Gullivers Travels (Jack Black)

Christmas Carol (book) and Scrooged (Bill Murray)

War of The Worlds (HG Wells) and War of the Worlds (Tom Cruise)
another giant gap between source material would be...

Gullivers Travels (book) and Gullivers Travels (Jack Black)

Christmas Carol (book) and Scrooged (Bill Murray)

War of The Worlds (HG Wells) and War of the Worlds (Tom Cruise)
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2:18PM on 03/08/2011
sad tht you call it the "Tom Cruise War of the Worlds" and not the "Steven Speilberg War of the World"
sad tht you call it the "Tom Cruise War of the Worlds" and not the "Steven Speilberg War of the World"
2:34PM on 03/08/2011
I don't know anyone who doesn't like Scrooged - and it is meant to be different than the source material anyway, unlike the other examples.
I don't know anyone who doesn't like Scrooged - and it is meant to be different than the source material anyway, unlike the other examples.
12:33PM on 03/08/2011

AWESOME!

Such a great show...hope this sequel is even better!
Such a great show...hope this sequel is even better!
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12:23PM on 03/08/2011

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Conrad beat me to I Am Legend. Also Dune followed the book somewhat, but the changes that were made killed it for me.
Conrad beat me to I Am Legend. Also Dune followed the book somewhat, but the changes that were made killed it for me.
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12:21PM on 03/08/2011

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The Beach (they totally changed the plot and made it meaningless for some reason)and I Am Legend (same).
The Beach (they totally changed the plot and made it meaningless for some reason)and I Am Legend (same).
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3:13PM on 03/08/2011
I Am Legend is actually a second remake. The original movie was Last Man On Earth & the remake was The Omega Man! Oh yeah, and The Beach was a terrible movie.
I Am Legend is actually a second remake. The original movie was Last Man On Earth & the remake was The Omega Man! Oh yeah, and The Beach was a terrible movie.
12:01PM on 03/08/2011

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Street Fighter The Movie. And really all video game based movies.

Love Avatar: The Last Airbender Series.
Street Fighter The Movie. And really all video game based movies.

Love Avatar: The Last Airbender Series.
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12:23PM on 03/08/2011
I loved the Street Fighter Animated Movie though! Total guilty pleasure!
I loved the Street Fighter Animated Movie though! Total guilty pleasure!
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