Netflix drops the official trailer for Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender. Kiawentiio as Katara in episode 101 of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Cr. Robert Falconer/Netflix © 2023
Avatar: The Last Airbender. Kiawentiio as Katara in episode 101 of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Cr. Robert Falconer/Netflix © 2023 /

Who would have thought that in 2024, a live-action adaptation of the extremely popular Avatar: The Last Airbender animated television show, would arrive on the streaming platform giant Netflix? The cast of the Nickelodeon Animation Studio series, which ran for three seasons, included the impressive voice talents of Dante Basco, Mae Whitman, Mark Hamill, Paul Sun-Hyung, George Takei, Robert Patrick, and Jason Isaacs.

What is Avatar: The Last Airbender about?

The story unfolded as a tale of the four nations of the world, representing each of the four elements (Air, Water, Earth, and Fire), getting torn apart, when the Fire Nation decides to attack and essentially declare war. The Avatar, who is the only master of the four elements, vanishes.

Since then, the other nations have suffered under the Fire Nation's rule. However, brother and sister Sokka and Katara find the new avatar in the form of a child named Aang.

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Together they must find a way to stop the Fire Lord Ozai and bring peace back into the world. Along the way, they meet friends, foes, friends who become foes and vice versa, a plethora of unique creatures, and travel to equally unique places.

As most know, M. Night Shyamalan's attempt at a live-action adaptation film failed greatly in 2010, regardless of an equally talented cast that included Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Seychelle Gabriel, and Cliff Curtis. Will Netflix's take on the epic tale of friendship, love, acceptance, strength, and hope find success?

Let's discuss the official trailer for Avatar: The Last Airbender?

I'm familiar with the Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoon and remember most of the story. So much so that while I was watching the official trailer for the Netflix show, I recognized Jet from his choice of weapons alone (hook swords).

I regrettably noticed that the trailer reveals the identity of Fire Lord Ozai, a choice Shyamalan made as well in his film. At the time of Shyamalan's film, that was one of the biggest complaints as fans did not see what Fire Lord Ozai looked like until practically the end of the show.

He was a bitter, cruel leader, father, and man who was unstoppably powerful, becoming a sort of boogie man-like figure, terrorizing Aang as he struggles to learn all four elements and grapple with the realization that he'll have to fight him. Giving away what he looks like takes all the mystery and fear of the unknown away.

Avatar: The Last Airbender. Daniel Dae Kim as Ozai in season 1 of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2024 /

Aside from that, it's obvious the trailer really wanted to show the environment and world of this story. A majority of the shots in the trailer are of the places our heroes will go, using mostly aerial shots as Aang, Katara, and Sokka ride on the back of Appa, the sky bison.

Truthfully everything looks stunning and very appealing. It's clear that the attention to detail was a gigantic priority when bringing this story to life.

You can watch the official trailer below and be happy to know that we are less than a month away from the premiere. If you'd like to watch the animated series that started it all, Avatar: The Last Airbender is available on Netflix, Paramount Plus, and Amazon Prime Video.

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Have you watched the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender? What are your thoughts on this live-action adaptation?

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