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Avatar: The Last Airbender creators tease “new stories” for anime series

Published: 2/Sep/2020 3:38 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 11:55

by Isaac McIntyre

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Avatar: The Last Airbender could be getting even more spinoffs in the same vein as The Legend of Korra, with creators Bryan Konietzko and Dante DiMartino teasing there’s “a lot of potential for new stories” in the ‘Avatarverse.’

The Last Airbender’s original run finished back in July 2008, and since then the popularity of the anime has only exploded. More recently, Avatar’s cult status has only been helped by the re-release of the Nickelodeon series on Netflix ⁠— it’s even breaking major streaming records.

Despite its ever-growing popularity, however, Avatar fans have only been treated to one new series in The Last Airbender’s world; in 2012, Nickelodeon ran four seasons of The Legend of Korra, before it was canned ahead of Season 4’s online release.

There’s also been a number of comic books, printed by Dark Horse Comics, a short prequel novel series, and the notorious 2012 film adaptation the fandom wants to pretend was never made. Avatar has never released a third anime series though.

All that could be set to change, with a new teaser from the show’s original creators: there’s “a lot of potential for new stories” in the 18-year-old anime world, Konietzko and DiMartino said, and they’re “definitely” eager to tell them if they can.

Avatar could finally be getting a second spinoff series, 12 years after the original anime ended.
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Avatar could finally be getting a second spinoff series, 12 years after the original anime ended.

Konietzko admitted to Polygon the pair would “absolutely” love to return to do a third series in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender. There’s still “a wellspring of creativity and storytelling” in the franchise, he said, which could well build into new Avatar spinoffs in the future.

“Mike and I built this fantasy world out of things we love… we set out to make shows we would want to watch,” he said. “It doesn’t encompass everything I want to say and do as an artist, [but] it’s a wonderful place to come back and create within.”

DiMartino added the creators have already got a few ideas for Avatar spinoffs bouncing around in their heads. It’s just a matter of finding “the right way” to actually get them onto the small screen.

“There are many seeds we planted through both series [Avatar and Korra] and in the graphic novels that could be explored,” the story editor teased. “The Avatar universe is a big place, and has a long history. There’s a lot of potential for new stories.”

Konietzko and DiMartino already delved into The Last Airbender's future with The Legend of Korra in 2012.
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Konietzko and DiMartino already delved into The Last Airbender’s future with The Legend of Korra in 2012.

The question we’re left with here at Dexerto then is simple: what would potential new Avatar spinoffs look like? We’d love to see more of the time between Last Airbender and Legend of Korra ⁠— who doesn’t want more Aang, Katara, and the gang?

There’s also DiMartino’s tease that the world has a “long history.” What’s more likely is the pair would wind back the clock; Aang was the 182nd Avatar, which means there’s a hefty chunk of old stories to tell just about former Avatars.

One thing that definitely won’t be happening, however, is the rumored Last Airbender fourth season that would have starred Zuko and Azula. There was “never going to be a season 4,” Konietzko said, “not from us, not from Nickelodeon.”

He added, “Mike and I planned A:TLA to be a three-season arc as far back as our initial pitch in 2002, and in 2008 we finished the story we set out to tell.”

Konietzko waved away rumors there was a
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Konietzko waved away rumors there was a “lost” fourth Avatar season focusing on Zuko and Azula.

Konietzko and DiMartino would certainly have the time to helm any new spinoff project they want to offer up too; the showrunners recently departed Netflix’s live-action remake of their original Avatar: The Last Airbender series.

Despite the Avatar creators’ exit from the project, Netflix released a statement confirming they will continue on ahead with the 2020 project without their input.

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Ninja teases work in leading role on an upcoming TV show

Published: 8/Jan/2021 2:27 Updated: 8/Jan/2021 4:51

by Brad Norton

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has started work on a mysterious TV show, teasing fans on details surrounding his role as one of the leading characters.

Ninja’s rise to mainstream stardom isn’t slowing down anytime soon as the internet celebrity has teased his involvement in a brand new TV show. Details are scarce and there’s no telling when this show might be revealed, but the streamer did provide some key information in his announcement.

The specific work appears to be for an animated series as Ninja’s involvement has been purely voiceover work for the time being. “recorded my first voice over for a main role in a TV show today,” he said on January 7.

“Although I can’t share more yet, voice acting is so fun. A huge passion of mine that I’m starting to get to live out.”

It’s only been a matter of months since Ninja made one of the biggest moves of his career. Brad Pitt and Chris Evans are just a few of the names Ninja is now brushing shoulders with at Hollywood’s biggest talent agency, the Creative Artists Agency.

This major deal appears to be paying dividends in big ways already. A leading role in an animated series isn’t something you see from popular content creators every day.

Leading this charge is exactly what Ninja set his sights on months back. Focusing on “literally anything and everything Hollywood” is what he outlined to Hollywood Reporter in July 2020

That means everything from an appearance on the Masked Singer to work on various cartoons as well.

Ninja on Masked Singer
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Ninja’s first big televised appearance came on hit Fox show The Masked Singer.

It’s only a matter of time until we find out exactly what this show looks like. Could Ninja be the actual character in the animated series? Or is he purely providing his voice for someone else’s creation? We’ll just have to wait and see.

This isn’t the only major Hollywood production Ninja is involved with at this point in his career. Upcoming Ryan Reynolds movie Free Guy is set to feature a number of major content creators, with Ninja chief among them.