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Check Out Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Shiny New Posters

I have fallen in love with Zuko all over again.



It has been a long time, but we finally get another look at the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender live-action movie, which is directed by M. Night Shyamalan (what a twist guy). The posters showcase two of the main characters from the cartoon, who are Aang and Prince Zuko, and both are enveloped in their signature elemental power. Now with the old Avatar news slowly coming to an end, the real Avatar can finally step up and take over.

Yes, I am aware on how Hollywood screws over anime (and anime-like) live-action adaptions, but I have a good feeling about this. I don’t care if the castings in regards to race are “wrong”, or that M. Night Shyamalan is directing it. Avatar has a strong foundation, and as long as they match what happens in the cartoon and carbon copy it on the silver screen it can’t go wrong.

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AKUMAon Jan. 26, 2010 at 10:09 a.m.

yea those look alright.. 
i am going to see the movie...i dont care what kind of expectations it has...  
FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 26, 2010 at 11 a.m.
Lol. Notice the utter lack of the name Avatar? That's what catches my eye. This actually looks to have a "chance" to be a good live action interpretation, but I've only seen the one trailer. 
 
The fact ethnic background doesn't match sort of reminds me of Babs'(Comic Vine) issue with the Prince of Persia movie. The fact that they couldn't seem to get an actual Persian, or an equivalent, to take the role.
Still, at least they didn't seem to cast Keanue Reeves.
 
Oddly enough, it's probably the director, M. Night Shyamalan, who is the most worrisome.
ethan staff on Jan. 26, 2010 at 11:17 a.m.
I  will see this for M. Night regardless of the fact that I would also see this becuase I enjoyed watching Last Airbender in anime format.  So I'll see this for both reasons.  My guess is that I will like this movie. 
 
Is this movie the entire story?   Or are the chopping it up like a Lord of the Rings?  Cause that would make sense too, making a franchise out of it.
sora_thekey moderator on Jan. 26, 2010 at 11:18 a.m.

I have to admit that for me the ethnic roles are kind of important... and on this movie, they totally messed it up! 
 
but still I am going to give this movie a chance, I have to say that this tv series was probably the best thing shown on Nickelodeon 
 
@FoxxFireArt: I am kind of mad at the fact that there's a lack of AVATAR in the title.. 
 
This might not intrest many of you... but in Mexico (where I am from) the TV series was not calle Avatar The Last Airbender... The translation was Avatar The Ledgend of Aang (Avatar La Leyenda de Aang) So I want to know if in Mexico the movie will be called The Ledgend og Aang, since Avatar is not on the original title... 
 
Still can't wait for this movie though!!!
Kuma_From_Argentinaon Jan. 26, 2010 at 11:27 a.m.
@FoxxFireArt said:
" Lol. Notice the utter lack of the name Avatar? That's what catches my eye. This actually looks to have a "chance" to be a good live action interpretation, but I've only seen the one trailer. 
 
The fact ethnic background doesn't match sort of reminds me of Babs'(Comic Vine) issue with the Prince of Persia movie. The fact that they couldn't seem to get an actual Persian, or an equivalent, to take the role. Still, at least they didn't seem to cast Keanue Reeves.  Oddly enough, it's probably the director, M. Night Shyamalan, who is the most worrisome. "
Is not called Avatar, 'couse the rights for using the series were bought after James Cameron Started is Avatar... so tm issues..... 
 
Is true about ethinc background the water tribe were supposed to be like Inuit and Sokka and Katara in the movie could be members of Hitler's Youth.....
GodLen staff on Jan. 26, 2010 at 11:28 a.m.
@sora_thekey: The world of Avatar and our world are completely different. There is not Japan, Asia, America in Avatar. We just assume that the people of their world are like ours, so when we see a Buddhist monk type person in Avatar, we assume that he has to be asian. But it doesn't have to be that way. In any case, people who make the movie like to make their actors be the same color as their target audience, it's stupid but that is just something you have to live with. I wouldn't worry about it too much now though, because you guys are going to get even more upset when they start having aliens play the role where a human belongs.  
sora_thekey moderator on Jan. 26, 2010 at 11:34 a.m.
@GodLen said:
" @sora_thekey: I wouldn't worry about it too much now though, because you guys are going to get even more upset when they start having aliens play the role where a human belongs."

I don't even know how that would work! 
 
But your right... The audince is not just fan boys (like me) but the kids who watched it on Nickelodeon every friday...
FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 26, 2010 at 11:59 a.m.
@ethan said:

" I  will see this for M. Night regardless  "

Really?? I'm still trying to wash the horrors of The Village from my brain.
 
@sora_thekey:
I get why it's not called Avatar. It's just to avoid confusing people. Trust me on this, you have no idea how stupid some people can be about movies. Years ago I worked at a movie theater. When the first Star Wars prequel came out the only thing we had on the boards at the cashiers area was "EPISODE 1". Soooo many people kept wanting to exchange their ticket because, and I quote,

" I didn't realize you had Star Wars here. " 

Despite the marquee outside saying in giant letters "STAR WARS EPISODE ONE". This happened so often that I personally took the signs and put on them "EPISODE 1 The Phantom Menace". It still kept happening. Finally I had the signs inside say, "STAR WARS EPISODE 1 The Phantom Menace". Only then did it stop.
 
@Kuma_From_Argentina said:
" Sokka and Katara in the movie could be members of Hitler's Youth..... "
That's a bit extreme.
 
@GodLen:
I get what you are saying, but America is a lot more ethnically diverse then that. I live in Northern Kentucky and I still see a pretty good variety in ethnic backgrounds. In the supermarket it's not uncommon to hear families speaking Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, or Korean. I actually find it more odd to see someone of a more European decent try to look like a Buddhist monk, i.e. David Carradine(who stole that part from Bruce Lee) or Steven Seagal.

Look at the Harry Potter movie series. For the part of Victor Krum. They actually got an actual actor who is of Bulgarian background. How many people in the world who sat down to watch that movie do you think would of actually of known the difference between Bulgarian and Romanian?
fireflys_locketon Jan. 26, 2010 at 12:01 p.m.
@ethan said:
"I  will see this for M. Night regardless of the fact that I would also see this becuase I enjoyed watching Last Airbender in anime format.  So I'll see this for both reasons.  My guess is that I will like this movie.  Is this movie the entire story?   Or are the chopping it up like a Lord of the Rings?  Cause that would make sense too, making a franchise out of it. "

I'm pretty sure they are making it a trilogy, one movie for each of the three "books"/seasons.
Kuma_From_Argentinaon Jan. 26, 2010 at 12:03 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt:  But did you saw their images, they looked more like the cast of a vampires in the artic movie that other things, I think that the one acting Sokka forgot to remove his makeup from Twilight....
FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 26, 2010 at 12:20 p.m.
@Kuma_From_Argentina: 
I get what you are saying, but bringing up the 'Hitler Youth" is crossing the line a bit.
Kuma_From_Argentinaon Jan. 26, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt:  I'm only refering to their appereance, I mean they're extremely white in comparison to their animated counterparts, so I didnt refered to their poltical agruppation or discriminate them, I was making a joke and the one of the bases of the humour is the exaggeration, so where it could be impossible for a inuit to enter ... and we have a joke.... 
Is like saying that the ones in the movie could sit on a bus in 1920 in U.S.A and the ones of the animation cant....
sora_thekey moderator on Jan. 26, 2010 at 12:38 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt:
Ok I get it now... so Avatar will only make people think that AVATAR is in theaters again.... 
 
It's understandable... not right but understandable!
FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 26, 2010 at 12:54 p.m.
@Kuma_From_Argentina: 
Again, I get your point, but bringing up Hitler is a line that need not be crossed. There are a lot better ways of making the same point. Such as the Twilight joke thing.
By using Hitler Youth you are implying the decision was based on racist motives rather then just stupidity. 

@sora_thekey:
Pretty much. The vast majority of people would see Avatar and think of the James Cameron movie. They will buy a ticket thinking it's that movie and probably wind up walking out since it wasn't what they thought.
 
It does appear that asking people to know what the hell they are doing is too much to ask. I once had a mother try and get her 12 and 14 year old daughters tickets for the movie "Summer of Sam". It was a movie about the Son of Sam serial killer who struck in the New York area back in '77. There was even a swingers orgy scene in that movie. She didn't know what the movie was about when she bought the tickets. She just saw the name and thought it would be good. Never bothering to read the rating.
Oneeyedjackson Jan. 26, 2010 at 1:04 p.m.
While overall I dislike the idea of live action adaptations of animated shows, movies, and such I have to admit the teaser trailer as well as these posters look really cool.   In fact when they first announced the live action Avatar movies back in 2007 I really hoped they would have been canned while still in production .  
 
Anyways I don't really know what to say about the casting.  It seems too jumbled to me.  I mean Dav Patel as Zuko?   He should really be Sokka.   Aasif Mandvi as Admiral Zhao?  Hes a freaking comedian(A very funny one) from the Daily Show.  I would have loved to see Jason Isaacs reprise his role as Admiral Zhao in the live action movie.  I recall reading in an interview where he stated he was interested in doing that.  Plus I just don't see any of the actors they got really embodying the characters, i suppose its too early to tell that though.  
 
I guess in the end the success of this movie will come down to two things.  One:  How good of an overall story will it be for the regular movie goers and critics. Especially with M Night admitting hes having to cut/ rewrite lots of story and plot from the original series.  And Two:  How good of an adaptation will it be for the fans of the series.
 
One last thing.  What will this be rated?  PG or PG-13?  My money's on PG just because the first season this is based off of is pretty kid friendly but with the second season it gets a lot darker and maturer.  But i don't think going from PG to PG-13 in two movies is a thing producers like so whatever.
Arjunaon Jan. 26, 2010 at 1:58 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt said:
Oddly enough, it's probably the director, M. Night Shyamalan, who is the most worrisome. "
I've never liked him or his style.  Where he tricks his audience into thinking his movie is something that it's not.  What a twist! 
 

What a twist!
What a twist!
sora_thekey moderator on Jan. 26, 2010 at 2:51 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt said:
" @sora_thekey:
It does appear that asking people to know what the hell they are doing is too much to ask. I once had a mother try and get her 12 and 14 year old daughters tickets for the movie "Summer of Sam". It was a movie about the Son of Sam serial killer who struck in the New York area back in '77. There was even a swingers orgy scene in that movie. She didn't know what the movie was about when she bought the tickets. She just saw the name and thought it would be good. Never bothering to read the rating. "
 
That's dumb!
Well at least the title for this movie sits it either way... I just hope that the Avatar term isn't omitted in the movie!
reinon Jan. 26, 2010 at 3:40 p.m.
I agree with Godlen. i don't think race was really meant to be part of avatar (of course there are references to different oriental cultures but i don't think they were supposed to represent the Asian countries in particular.) i personally think that with the exception of the fire kingdom( my logic behind this in a min), the Other nations should be mixed races.
The fire nation is the exception because they seemed to have a racial/Bender superiority complex, and obviously having a one race nation would help to illustrate that.
Superevil225on Jan. 26, 2010 at 4:23 p.m.
This might fail. The costumes look kinda cheesy and Zuko's scar is missing.... (scar=kind of big plot thing). 
 
Yet again, it might be good. I'll see.
FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 26, 2010 at 4:41 p.m.
@sora_thekey: I can't see any reason why they would remove the term from the movie itself.

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