MUST READ Interview with series Creators, Things are Looking up for A LOT more from the Avatar / Airbender / Korra universe!

More Seasons in the Avatar Universe
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Lot’s of Awesome news here, so read through the entire thing!

We just got some seriously Way exciting news for Avatar The Last Airbender Fans, Series Creators have said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that they would like to “tap into the Avatar world”, Bryan Konietzko had this to say about the series.

-We have a lot of ideas for the ‘Avatar’ universe and who knows? We could be tapping into them for years to come,” – Bryan Konietzko

Other Great News It Appears that Korra is certainly not going to be the end of stories in the Avatar universe!

Nickelodeon had picked up -Korra” for 12 episodes but recently decided to order 14 more shows. – Wall Street Journal Reports

So 14 more shows! I would say that’s pretty awesome for sure, i’m not 100% sure if this will be set in the Korra timeline or not because Bryan Konietzko said this about plans for the universe:

-When we first starting talking to Nickelodeon about doing a new series in the ‘Avatar’ world, they asked if we could do shorter arcs—more like a show like ‘24′ where there’s a specific villain or challenge for that particular season,” Konietzko says. -We’re really happy with that number. It allows us to focus much more closely on each episode and get a lot more craft into it.”

More Seasons in the Avatar Universe

Things are looking up for a lot more stories from the Avatar Universe in the future!

So sounds like they haven’t fully finalized plans but things are certainly looking up for a lot more avatar seasons

Progress on the new series

Things are progressing well for Korra now set for a 2012 release date (changed from late 2011), Michael DiMartino had this to say about progress on Korra:

The Wall Street Journal: How far along are you on the new series?

“We are in the midst of the first twelve episodes. We’ve written all the episodes. Episodes have shipped to the overseas animations studios and they’re animating away as we speak. So we’re kind of in the middle of things right nowAll the vocal cast has been picked and recorded and all the scripts have been recorded.” – Michael DiMartino

Future Avatar Episodes will be more sophisticated, appeal to a broader range of viewers, the tone is a little older. But Still maintains the tone from the original series that everyone loves:

Series creators had alot to say about the Tone of Korra listed below:

Are you looking to win new viewers with the series or just satisfy fans of the old series who have grown up?

DiMartino: We want everyone to watch. Definitely fans of the first series will not be disappointed in this one. The tone is a little older, the characters are a little older than the first series—they’re teenagers. Korra is 16 so she’s older than Aang was. So I think maybe some people who weren’t into the first show might find this one and be into it.

Since the main characters are older, will there be more romance?

Bryan Konietzko: I thought Korra was 17 so Mike and I have to get our stories straight. The main characters are in their late teens, we’ve always loved those kind of teen love triangle type stories and there was plenty of that in the original series. We’re definitely getting into it in this series. The difference is these people have cars and motorcycles and things. There’s definitely a different dynamic. I’d say the show is more sophisticated than the original series but it has the same balance of tones we’ve always liked with humor, action, drama, scary stuff and romance.

How did you change the look of the -Airbender” world?

Konietzko: In every way we’re trying to improve it. We’re not trying to change it so much that it’s unrecognizable and doesn’t feel like the same universe, but we are trying to update it, improve it, make everything just more sophisticated and appealing.It’s kind of like the show has grown up. A lot of the viewers have grown up since the show was last on.

I love the direction that the series creators are taking this, hopefully the series becomes even more huge world-wide as they try and appeal to a wider demographic, and with ATLA already appealing to such a wide group of people i’m sure they have a good shot at that.

Aang and Gang Showing up in Korra?

Mike and Bryan say there will be a definite link to Avatar The Last Airbender:

Will characters from the first series show up in -Korra”?

Konietzko: Again it’s 70 years later so they’ll appear in various ways perhaps.

DiMartino: There is definitely a link to the old series and the old characters.

More information about Korras Personality

Tell me about the heroine of the story, Korra. What’s she like?

DiMartino: Korra, we kind of describe her as a fiery waterbender. She’s very pugnacious. Kind of in your face. We wanted to create a new Avatar that was completely the opposite of Aang. So, whereas Aang was the peaceful, nomadic Airbender guy, she’s very tough, very headstrong, not scared to get into a fight, and kind of picks fights with people too sometimes. So she’s definitely totally the opposite of Aang so it has been kind of fun to write her character and put her in situations that Aang never would have gotten into.

Konietzko: It’s refreshing it’s totally different from Aang. But she’s also funny and has a lot of charm and vulnerability because she’s still growing up and trying to figure things out. We worked on that first series for more than six years and we love those characters but it’s great to be working with fresh ones with a new spin on the world.

More info on the Main Villian in Korra

Cool new info on the main villian in Avatar The Legend of Korra

Who is the main villain in Korra?

DiMartino: We have a great villain. He’s kind of an anti-bending revolutionary guy. Very scary dude. And definitely is quite a challenge for Korra.

On The Last Airbender (Movie) Sequel, Zuko’s Mom, and Animated Feature Film

Will you ever make a feature animated film?

Konietzko: On the original series we did our best to make it cinematic with a big immersive world. And on this series because it’s a tighter stretch of episodes-just 12 episodes-but Mike and I wrote all of them, there’s really no filler. We told almost as much story as the first series packed into these 12. So it’s getting even closer to something cinematic. So yeah, we would love to. We feel like we’re kind of movie guys working in TV. So we’re looking forward to that day when we get to work in that medium.

Have you heard anything about whether there will be a sequel to the -Last Airbender” live-action feature film?

DiMartino: Uh, no. It’s definitely not up to us, so.

Will we find out what happened to Zuko’s mom?

DiMartino: That question will be answered in some way, but not necessarily in the show. That’s all I’ll say.

See the original interview with Avatar The Last Airbender Series Creators by The Wall Street Journal by Christopher John Farley

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Comments - 61 Posts

  1. Tracy Said: Comment by Tracy on March 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Permalink
     

    I hate that we have to wait til 2012, but it’s worth it if there are going to be more episodes. Already, this sounds like it’s going to be a winner! Hopeful Spirit Aang will help balance her hotheadedness. LOL This is really exciting news. And being that I am shooting for comic con 2012, maybe Nicky’s dream of meeting the magic behind ATLA and ATLK will come true!

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    I think that pretty much is confirmation that we will find out about Zuko’s mom in the upcoming graphic novels.

    Exactly what I was expecting from Korra in terms of her character.
    And 14 more episodes already I am quite shocked, I though the reason it was only 12 was because they wanted to see how it does first, they must be confident.

    So much info

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    Starbender Reply:

    They should be confident with the amount of fans they still have.

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    Kelly Reply:

    Think of it this way guys. Were the ones who drive them to their confidence. So in a way i think us fans contribute Amazingly to the production, wether the show on or not! 🙂

    llamagal Reply:

    i don’t wanna wait til next year but they might air one episode in December to get ppl pumped up then air the rest later… sumetimes they do that… just a thought
    can’t wait to find out what happens to Zuko’s mom

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  2. Airspeed Prime Said: Comment by Airspeed Prime on March 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Permalink
     

    Oh I just saw, Motorcycles and Cars included, That is the only thing I am not sure about, Cars and Motorcycles seem way to modern despite the 70 years.

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    Tracy Reply:

    I caught that and was hoping it meant something else. I like the oldness of the Avatar World. It bums me out a bit but not enough that my eyes won’t be glued to the television!

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah I thought that was kind of interesting as well.

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    Arthan Reply:

    Well, if you remember on episode 303 “The Painted Lady” we were able to see a “jet ski”, may be 70 years later their technology have evolved enough to make those vehicles. Who knows…

    BTW: Very interesting news!!!

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah there were tanks / jet skis, many of them powered by Bending. So i’m thinking the Steam Punk technology will play a huge role in the vehicles that Mike and Bryan mentioned.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Yeah With the Earth Tanks, And submarines along with the War Baloons and Airships I suppose Civilian Cars and Motorbikes are not too farfetched

    I just really hope they fit in well in terms of design and look Crude and just about practical. Too modern designs and it may not be believable.
    I look forward to our first look at the cars

    *Joke* Does this mean Korra’s animal is her MotorBike ? */Joke*
    LOL

    llamagal Reply:

    Yes, I really liked how Avatar was oldish and how they walked or rode animals.

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  3. a_girl Said: Comment by a_girl on March 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Permalink
     

    im unsure about vehicles on the series as well it makes me uncomfortable i love how they would bending to always get around this is a shocker and its ironic

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  4. rocky Said: Comment by rocky on March 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink
     

    Even with the big changes to atlok from atla I am still extremely excited for the new series, the plot sounds awesome and nick ordered 14 more episodes! I am still worried about the whole vehicles thing because I agree with tracy, I liked the oldness of the first series but the fire nation was very technologicaly advanced than the other nations so when all the nations combined their brains to invent new technology I’m sure they were able to make cars and such, I mean they already had tanks, drills, submarines, and giant airships.

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  5. TheDominator Said: Comment by TheDominator on March 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Permalink
     

    So, from what I’m taking in, it sounds like they might make a movie/sequel about finding Zuko’s mom? Ahh! I’m so excited for the new series! >:D

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah I can’t wait, we’re thinking the answer to the question about Zukos mom will be answered in the Graphic Novels, (see our news report on the subject): http://avatarthelastairbenderonline.com/avatarthelastairbender-thelostadventures-earlyreport/

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  6. KoO Said: Comment by KoO on March 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Permalink
     

    Awesome news that there will be more episodes. I really hope they aren’t changing the Avatar Universe too much, though. That would alienate a lot of the fanbase.

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    llamagal Reply:

    Yes, I love the whole aspect of the original Avatar universe!

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  7. Tracy Said: Comment by Tracy on March 9, 2011 at 11:06 am | Permalink
     
  8. Steve Said: Comment by Steve on March 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Permalink
     

    aww, 2012, thats 2 years away… oh well, patience IS a importent trait to have, so i guess we’ll have to wait, but on the other hand, a longer time with no spammers, trolls, and arguements! Always look on the bright side of things!

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Not really a full 2 years away new They said mid 2012 so it’s closer to 1 year and a month or two is the current estimate.

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  9. llamagal Said: Comment by llamagal on March 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
     

    I wish that the interviewer guy would have asked about a trailer…. but surprises r always awesome!!!

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  10. llamagal Said: Comment by llamagal on March 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Permalink
     

    Thinking about the new “steam punk” technology. i found this online http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/09/11/i-got-steam/ it’s kinda a “steam-punk tpye technology that I’d imagine in Korra.

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  11. Nuriko Said: Comment by Nuriko on March 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Permalink
     

    OMG now I can’t wait for Korra!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks again @admin! 🙂

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  12. IAmYorick Said: Comment by IAmYorick on March 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink
     

    Cars? Motorcycles? When I read that I had to double-check, but after reading all the comments I realized “They DO have a lot of vehicles already!”. I’m sure most of the Avatar world will still be very primitive and quiet like the surrounding villages and towns… But if they already put vehicles in the story, I do hope they look steampunk like the tanks and other machinery.

    And who else is stoked for a bender/motorcycle chase scene?!? XD

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Haha, yeah a Bender Motorcycle Chase scene would be freaking Awesome!

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    Donna Reply:

    hell yes!!!! can already picture it in me minds eye… and hope that there will be heaps of martial art bending type scenes too 🙂

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  13. kelz Said: Comment by kelz on March 23, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink
     

    ths be great news.,u also gat major followers of the last airbender down here in africa,I LOVE IT..i awz watched the ten episods ovr and over anticipatin for atlist a fourth season..bt ths be great news i hv jst read 20twelve sims rather 2far tho..bt hey patience pays,jst dnt liv ot th old characters much thy mek avatar what it is…

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah Avatar is loved Worldwide!

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  14. Vwjunky Said: Comment by Vwjunky on March 26, 2011 at 8:56 am | Permalink
     

    If you look back 100 years here in our world the cars were very primitive, so if
    You add 75 years to the avatar world, that had blimps and steam ships and tanks
    There can be all sorts of interesting vehicles!! Can’t wait!!

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah it’s going to be way interesting to see what they come up with that’s for sure!

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  15. Tracy Said: Comment by Tracy on March 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink
     

    I’ve seen a few boards who are trying to say that this will be better than ATLA or that it will be worse. I won’t make a snap judgment like that. One prediction I will make is that it will be somewhat different, there will be endearing characters, and I think it will be equal to the original. The snippets I’ve seen, they really are enjoying making it, and when you put love into something, you get a good product.

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    Atry Reply:

    They’ve said that the soundtrack is going to be like the original show but with a 1920s feel, or something like that.

    That sounds very interesting, and they’ve also said that there will be cars and motorcycles. The anti-bender protest does also sound a bit modern. Then there is also the steampunk technology. Does this mean that “Legend of Korra” is going to be like Avatar’s version of the 1920s, or will that just be Republic City?

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah that’s one thing I’m way excited for is the Music, it sounds like the Track Team has some exciting stuff up and coming.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Yeah I agree, there were always and will always be people who will like the original no matter what and not give Korra a good chance.

    But I think as you said it will have a different feel to it because of new characters, but it will be the same universe and we may see some familiar locations, I think the only thing that will be superior in Korra will be the overall series Animation because there are not as many episodes to animate and JM Animation will be doing every episode and they did the best animated episodes in ATLA.

    Obviously we are all sad that the ATLA crew won’t be present at all except maybe some flashbacks or mentions (and maybe spirit Aang)

    I will wait until after Korra is over to judge which is the better series if there is even a difference in quality.

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    Tracy Reply:

    I plan on giving it the full benefit of the doubt, not sure I like “Bud Bundy” doing a voice, but hey, he could do great. I want to give it a fair chance. We have good writers and actors.

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    Tracy Reply:

    You know, I agree completely. I think it will be good though. I love the concept of Bender vs. Non-Benders. And to me, it’s not a matter of better, there is no reason we can’t like both, right?

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    llamagal Reply:

    What snippets?

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    Just the interviews and the 2 picture and teh Test animation video

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  16. llamagal Said: Comment by llamagal on April 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Permalink
     

    i want more newz =s

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  17. AgentNebraska Said: Comment by AgentNebraska on April 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
     

    I really want to know what happened to Zuko’s mom!!!! Ugh… I can’t wait, though. 🙂

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Yeah We’ll probably find out around when Korra comes out, either in Korra, or in the Avatar Graphic Novels.

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  18. Anthony Said: Comment by Anthony on April 24, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink
     

    I have to ask this question… Is it possible for a new director to redo “the last airbender” movie. I was so disappointed with the out come of that movie. I was hoping the creator of “transformers” would remake it the right way plus take it to a whole other level. M.Knight just isn’t the great “story teller/director” he thinks he is.. Please guys, lets get a good director on this…

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    It’s possible, it’s happened on other movies like The Hulk. The Last Airbender is a good candidate as the movie itself was financially successful but not critically successful (most people didn’t like it.) So a new Director is definitely a possibility although who knows what will happen.

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  19. Cory Said: Comment by Cory on April 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Permalink
     

    *Note*
    This has very little/no relationship to this article

    So one time…I had to watch my little brother for a while….and we had Cartoon Network on -_-….a show called “Generator Rex” came on….and he screamed at me if I changed the channel….so we ended up watching it.

    After a few episodes, he got bored and left, and I nearly changed the channel until I heard a familar voice….which was Zuko’s(I don’t know his real name).This just popped into my head as I was reading through the comments…

    But anyways…I’m psyched to watch it…..and I really do hope the show lasts longer than 12 episodes…since the original show only had 13 planed episodes…..but as we all can tell…got extended(to 61 episodes)

    Well….anyone against the new series should give it a chance…just saying…it could be interesting!!!!!!!

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    I’ve got good news for you, the series is planned to have 21 episodes now!

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    You of Course mean 26 episodes didn’t you *saves day*

    Nick ordered a further 14 to add to the original 12.

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    Admin / Jordash Reply:

    Oh yeah meant to say 26 total episodes thanks! 🙂

  20. Kelly Said: Comment by Kelly on May 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink
     

    You know i really love this site 🙂 You guys have really intresting and information conversations about my fave show!
    I know that was random just showing my apreciation (cnt spell)

    Anyway I was shocked about the cars and motorcycle thing too. It seemed almost unreal at first but i can kind of accept it a bit now, realizing that the Avatar Universe in ATLA DID actually have basic vehicle tecnology.

    Even though with the ups and downs of what to expect from Avatar the legend of Korra. im giving this show my 110% support!

    One more thing though. If you guys were unaware, the show is actually officially called “The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra” Now i know this doesnt make sense but let me explain. James Cameron’s “Avatar” has the name Avatar now, so It would be copyright to take the name. Stupid right? especially since Korra is NOT the last airbendder.

    Your thoughts? Sorry t get out of topic

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    Starbender Reply:

    I think it’s stupid that James Camerons Avatar got the copyright since ATLA has had the name since 2006.

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