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Epic fan-made Avatar: The Last Airbender 3D trailer goes viral

Published: 2/Aug/2020 22:54 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:23

by Brent Koepp

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A talented group of fans went viral after bringing Avatar: The Last Airbender to life with an amazing 3D re-imagining of the Nickelodeon show’s intro.

Avatar: The Last Airbender made its groundbreaking debut on Nickelodeon in 2005, but found a renewed popularity in 2020 after Netflix added the beloved franchise to its service in May.

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Celebrating their love for the series, a team of fan animators re-created the show’s iconic intro in 3D. Their stunning creation brings Aang to life like you’ve never seen before.

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Avatar Aang is re-imagined in 3D.

While ahead of its time, The Last Airbender was limited by the Standard Definition that was common when it aired on television. However, if you’ve ever dreamed about what Avatar might look like as a modern feature-length film, some creators have made that a reality.

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Jacob Mann made the Twitter post on August 1, and included a video re-imagining of the Nickelodeon property in 3D. “This was such a blast!! We remade the in Avatar: The Last Airbender opening in 3D!” the tweet read.

The clip depicts Aang re-creating the intro from the show, as he bends the elements of water, earth, air, and fire. The updated art style actually stays true to the spirit of the franchise, and brings the series to life in a stunning way.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Mann also posted a second video of Aang reciting dialogue from the Book 1 episode The Blue Spirit. As a bonus easter egg, the creator included the infamous tree from Uncle Iroh’s mini episode Tales From Ba Sing Se – if you know, you know.

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According to the tweets, seven animators worked on the project. The post quickly went viral on Twitter, with over 2.5 million people having watched it at the time of writing.

On the official front, while there is currently no plans for a theatrical film adaption of The Last Airbender, Netflix is bringing Avatar to life with a live-action drama remake being helmed by series creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.

World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.