The latest fight footage from Netflix’s live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender should put one worry about the adaptation’s format to rest.
- The latest footage of Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender shows that the format won’t be an obstacle to recreating the show’s impressive fights.
- The action and Bending sequences in the Netflix adaptation look much more impressive than anticipated, putting to rest concerns about capturing the show’s action.
- While other elements of the animated series may still pose challenges for the adaptation, the live-action Last Airbender will at least deliver the thrilling fights that made the original great.
Netflix is ramping up the excitement for its Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation ahead of its release date, and the latest footage officially puts one live-action worry to rest. The jump from animation to live-action can be daunting, especially when a beloved property is making the leap. The live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender faces numerous challenges to bringing the original story to life, but one major adaptation concern may not be warranted.
While Netflix’s 2024 preview doesn’t spend too much time on The Last Airbender, it shows a new part of Book One’s fight between Aang and Bumi. Another moment from this showdown is shown in the full-length live-action Last Airbender trailer. And both shots suggest that the Netflix show’s format won’t be an issue for a surprising element of the series.
In general, the action and Bending sequences in Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender look much more impressive than many anticipated, especially after 2010’s failed movie adaptation. However, the glimpse of Aang’s fight with Bumi from the latest footage confirms that the live-action format won’t be an obstacle to recapturing the show’s fights. The shots of Bumi Bending boulders at Aang look as natural as Aang’s use of Airbending to deflect the attacks. And all the shots from this showdown look nearly identical to their animated counterparts, which bodes well for Netflix’s adaptation.
Given how much easier it is to capture extraordinary elements of fantasy shows in animation, it’s impressive that Netflix’s Last Airbender is seamlessly recreating the action of the original. Bumi and Aang’s fight is perhaps the best example of this, but other moments from the trailer mirror the scenes they’re based on just as well. This puts one concern about Netflix’s ATLA to rest, even if it doesn’t guarantee everything from the animated series will be properly adapted.
While The Last Airbender adaptation has a lot to get right — from its tone to its character dynamics — the show’s fight footage puts its biggest live-action worry to rest. While the updated format could easily have held the series back from reaching the original’s potential, it appears that live-action isn’t limiting the Bending or action at all. Other story elements could still create problems for the Netflix series, but the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender will at least deliver the same thrilling fights that made the animated show so great. That’s a promising revelation ahead of its February 2024 release.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (Live-Action)
Based on the acclaimed animated Nickelodeon television series, Avatar: The Last Airbender is an action-adventure fantasy series developed by Albert Kim. The series follows Aang, a young man training to harness the four elements to live up to the title of Avatar – the one who will restore balance to the world.
- Release Date
- February 22, 2024
- Gordon Cormier , Dallas Liu , Kiawentiio , Ian Ousley , Daniel Dae Kim , Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
- Albert Kim , michael dante dimartino , bryan konietzko