"Avatar: The Last Airbender" Clip Shows Why the Series Needs Another Live-Action Adaptation

Tamara Fuentes
Photo credit: Nickelodeon
Photo credit: Nickelodeon

From Seventeen

Avatar: The Last Airbender fans are sharing their love for the animated series after it was added to Netflix, but it's also sparking some major conversations about the movie version that was released several years ago.

Twitter user @chuuzus posted a video comparing the legendary Katara versus Master Pakku fight from the first season. Master Pakku refuses to train Katara in waterbending because she's a girl, something that is against tradition in the Northern Water Tribe (women instead learn how to heal using waterbending). However, in an effort to prove that she should be taught, Katara decides to fight Master Pakku.

In the original series, it's a fast paced scene, considered one of the best fights throughout the show, and a huge turning point for Katara as she tries to prove herself as a waterbender. However, in the movie version, the fight is a lot slower, has less waterbending, and doesn't share the same intensity as the original.

Many fans called out the movie version and even started roasting the film.

The film, The Last Airbender, was directed by M. Night Shyamalan and has been one of the biggest subjects of debate for ATLA fans. The movie has also been called out for its whitewashing, screenplay, and for trying to fit everything that happened in the first season of the series in a less than 2 hour film.

Fans will now have a second chance at a live-action adaptation thanks to Netflix, who announced the project in September 2018. Unlike the movie version, the original creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, are both returning as showrunners and producers. They have also promised to cast the show with appropriate actors, especially since the show has a lot of asian and indigenous influence.

"We’re thrilled for the opportunity to helm this live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender," Bryan and Michael said in a statement. "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."

While the live-action show and its cast can't completely erase the failure that The Last Airbender was, at least it will finally give them the rightful adaptation they have been waiting for.

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