This week, Netflix finally gave us a look at its upcoming live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the beloved animated Nickelodeon show that aired back in the mid-2000s. The popularity of the series has never waned, and everyone is eager to see if a live-action version can work, particularly after M. Night Shyamalan’s disastrous attempt to make a live-action movie of it in 2010.
So far, the reactions have been…cautiously optimistic. Fans are nervous — we’ve been hurt before — but the images we’ve gotten so far are pretty good and the cast is likable. Videos of stars Gordon Cormier (Aang) and Dallas Liu (Prince Zuko) have gotten a good response on TikTok thanks to their easy chemistry; I definitely see shades of Aang in the way Cormier hyperactively reacts to the interview.
@theoriesbyt Replying to @nafeez Gordon & Dallas’ favourite Avatar characters! 🤣 i love these guys! #AvatarTheLastAirbender #Avatar #TUDUM #Netflix ♬ original sound – Tyrell Charles
So maybe we can get excited about this?
Aang and Zuko actors give Last Airbender fans hope that this remake might actually work out
On top of all this, the episode titles for the first season have allegedly leaked, according to @AvatarNews_. Check out the spread:
- “The Last Airbender”
- “Spirited Away”
- “Into the Dark
- “The North”
If these are accurate, some hints about the shape of the first season emerge. “The Last Airbender” could cover siblings Katara and Sokka finding Aang frozen in an iceberg in the frigid south. He is the Avatar, the only person in the world who can control all four elements, and the world has gotten itself into a tight corner in the years he’s been comatose.
Omashu is a name of a city in the Earth Kingdom; Aang, Katara and Sokka go there pretty early in their journey on the original show, so it makes sense they’d go there early in this first season. “The North” likely refers to the gang visiting the Northern Water Tribe, where the climax of the first season of the original Last Airbender takes place.
So yeah, it looks like the first season of the remake will mirror the first season of the original show; makes sense. Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender remake is due out sometime in 2024.