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10 Good Things Netflix Should Use from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Although in 2010 Avatar: The Last Airbender (ATLA) failed critically and was very unpopular with fans, there were some things the project did right that Netflix should be using in their upcoming live-action series. As Netflix turns the original animation into eight-hour episodes, the pace and flow should feel more appropriate and fit better with this live-action remake.

It is also necessary to fix the film editing/composition problems that the film suffers from. Fans are praying that the child actors will also speak more sincerely so that the conversations don’t sound so high-flown. This second chance adaptation requires a lot more pressure to exceed fan expectations. expectations.


cut filler


While M. Night Shyamalan is getting a lot of criticism for trying to cram six hours of content (the first season is 19 episodes of 20 minutes) into less than two hours, he still tries to be concise.

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The film format is a poor choice for an ATLA adaptation because it takes up most of the time required for group communication, and partly because of this, the acting feels forced. However, Netflix should also try to cut some of the original series’ fillers, which may be repetitive or ineffective (but it should keep the Kyoshi and Omasha trips).


Diversify your cast


Nicola Peltz as Katara and Jackson Rathbone as Sokka in M. Night Shyamalan's adaptation of The Last Airbender

The feature film received a backlash for “whitewashing” the main characters; however, it also managed to incorporate a diverse cast of other characters. Fans expect Netflix to go further and hire an all-Asian cast (including the ensemble cast) as the regions of the original story are inspired by real-life Asian and Pacific cultures.

All of the Netflix cast members currently listed are Asian or Native American and represent the peoples that inspired their location; for example, Chiaventi:yo Tarbell (Katara) and Ian Owsley (Sokka) are both indigenous actors and Maria Zhang (Sooki) from China.who inspired the Earth Kingdom.


Improved visuals and CGI


Uncle Iroh (Live-Action Avatar: The Last Airbender) Fire Magic

computer graphics in ATLA might be a bit unimpressive overall compared to other big budget blockbusters, but its curve of elements did look good. The water magic looks authentic with fluid moving against gravity, the air currents look spectacular, and the fire magic is appropriately vibrant.

What Netflix needs to improve is the magic of the earth. In one scene in the film, six men are lifting one pitiful boulder; the original version requires one bender. Fans hope that the master of earthbending, King Bumiwill also appear in the first season of Netflix to showcase the powerful potential of earthbenders.

Focus on places


Computer graphics microphone and practice kits, ATLA The film features impressive locations and backdrops, which are a forte of the oft-maligned project.. The lighting feels real rather than coming from ceiling lights, and fans feel immersed in the character’s world because it doesn’t feel like a green screen.


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Despite its icy and monotonous color scheme, the film brought the Northern Water Tribe’s home to life especially well, and details, from railings to sidewalks, stood out well. Netflix has to match the aesthetic quality of film sets for its series.

Create dynamic action scenes


Noah Ringer as Aang in The Last Airbender (1)

Overall, the martial arts in the film are admirable. While it’s obvious that many of the main actors aren’t into martial arts, Noah Ringer (Aang’s actor) holds a black belt in taekwondo (via YouTube). He confidently wields Aang’s staff, and his experience visually pays off.


There are currently at least three live-action Netflix films actors are familiar with various types of martial arts, which is hopeful sign. Fans are hoping the series can combine visually stunning CGI bending techniques with action-packed action footage to create fantastic action that at least partially stays grounded.

Detailed airbending tattoos


Noah Ringer as Aang in M. Night Shyamalan's adaptation of The Last Airbender

Aang’s airbending tattoos in the film are much more detailed in the live-action film adaptation compared to the animation, with the exception of his back. Since Aang’s iconic image is an integral part of the series, Netflix must find a combination of the film’s detailed look and the original series’ simple flow.

The avatar glow is also shown well in the movie, and Netflix should animate the tattoos with skin exposed enough to show the intricate arrow patterns when Aang activates his avatar state.

costume design


ATLA’The costumes and overall design leave a lot to be desired, but they do one thing right. The harsh militaristic uniform of the Fire Nation and the plush coats of the Water Tribe are distinguishable and contrast well in the film. Color consistency across countries is also well adapted, and Netflix should continue this trend.

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However, Aang is required to wear the traditional Tibetan monk robes, which are closer in color to the animated series, instead of the canvas gi he wore in the movie. Katara and Sokka’s costumes were pretty accurate for the show, but fans are rightly hoping that the Inuit-inspired tribe gets a little more flamboyance in their outfits.

Update props


While fans will likely frown on the use of animal props, using a fake bone for Sokka’s boomerang and Katara’s necklace would be a neat touch. The Inuit tribes are known for using animals in their everyday products, and fans expect that trait to be carried over into the Netflix adaptation.

Aang’s glider is one of the most striking props in the entire series; the avatar should not have a simple stick like in the animated version. The film showed real care and attention to the intricate design of the staff. Netflix should also capitalize on the details.

Keep promoting the movie / hype


The cast and crew of Avatar: The Last Airbender

Two years after the original series ended, Paramount Pictures Studios announced a live-action adaptation, and most fans seemed to be thrilled with it. Audiences expected the film’s format to capture the key moments of the cartoon; Unfortunately, the film didn’t live up to the fans’ hype.


Prior to the film’s initial release, viewers were shown four preview trailers, each with over 100,000 views. Fans hope that at the end of June, when the filming of the Netflix series finally wraps up, Netflix will also provide viewers with first shots and other movie-level promotional materials. So far, the studio has generously shared casting information and other details via social media, but Netflix also has a reputation for not giving some of its properties the marketing they deserve.

Add musical accompaniment


Aang - Avatar: The Last Airbender Action

James Newton Howard composed the music for ATLAlive action film (he is also known The Hunger Games series); despite low critical reviews, the original score was nominated for several minor awards and won an ASCAP award.

Netflix has yet to announce who will be producing the series’ original soundtrack, but fans are hoping that whoever takes on the role will match the series’ original soundtrack and match the quality of the film’s production. It would make sense if they stuck to the original cult music as a mark of respect for the fans, while adding their own talent.

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