The Legend of Korra did not have an easy road to success. After forced hiatuses, slashed budgets, and initial cancellation, The Legend Of Korra's season 4 finally found a home online, to the delight of fans. The show itself went from strength to strength, continuing the mythology and story of its much loved predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, while establishing its own style and originality.
The Legend Of Korra is a beautiful fusion of genres, blending Asian and anime inspired culture and history with a 1920s Western steampunk-esque aesthetic. Showrunners Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino outdid themselves with The Legend Of Korra, proving that lightning really can strike twice after the success of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
After a finale that ended the show with a bang, fans are desperate for more glimpses into this fantastic world. Naturally, rumours are flying about possible new series, spin-offs, etc, and the idea getting the most attention is that of a movie. So what is the deal with this proposed film? And why would it actually be the worst thing for The Legend Of Korra?
Life After LOK
Let me just assure you right now: the prospect of a feature-length adventure featuring the LOK gang is awesome. In theory. The problems come when we consider the reality of the situation.
The idea of a movie spinoff is, unfortunately, completely fan created (despite what the internet may have you believe). The only official news we've had about continuation of The Legend Of Korra story is that there will be a three-volume comic book coming sometime next year... oh, and it's going to focus on Korra and Asami's new romantic relationship which yes, is 100% canon.
So why a comic book and not a movie? Well, mostly it's because Nickelodeon gave up on the idea of showing new LOK stuff on TV a long time ago (see above re: Book 4 shown online). But even if Nickelodeon were interested in continuing the show beyond Book 4, the creators wouldn't want to write more of the show, or a movie...
"We’re all tired and burnt out. We need to move on and take that next step. There is nothing major in the works, and there probably won’t be for a long time. We’re moving on to other projects."
While this announcement is totally understandable, considering Konietzko and DiMartino have been creating this story for ten years, it was nonetheless met with disappointment from fans.
Korra: The Movie?
Of course, there's always the possibility that Nickelodeon will sell the property on to a provider like Netflix, or even give the go ahead for another Hollywood adaptation. But why would this be bad?
I am speaking, of course, of the horror that is M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, a live-action movie that ignored many of the crucial aspects of the series by casting white actors in the majority of roles, dumbing down the story, and changing the rules of bending (remember when it took six people to levitate a small rock? Yeah). Thankfully, threats of The Last Airbender 2 have been unfounded.
Basically, the idea of going ahead with a film without Konietzko and DiMartino is concerning to say the least. Yes, we may get new showrunners that respect and love the original material, but would it really be the same without the showrunners' distinctive style? The comics are far more promising: they are what the creators want to focus on, and without network restrictions we can finally get a proper exploration of Korra and Asami's relationship.
Besides, after the finale wrapped up the story so well, is a movie really necessary? Korra's development arc was fantastic in the show: she went from the arrogant kid to a wise Avatar, with plenty of struggles and hard learned lessons along the way.
If we get a TV or movie continuation of the story, maybe it should focus on the next Avatar (an Earthbender), with flashbacks that reveal The Legend Of Korra gang as adults. Or we could have a time jump into the future: we've seen steampunk bending, how about cyperpunk? The idea of this world going beyond an industrial revolution and into modern technology is very intriguing, and would give the story a lot of scope.
While its fun to think about how we'd like to continue the story, for now it looks like the Avatar world won't be returning to our screens any time soon. But if you really want a movie, why not sign the petition? And keep your eyes peeled for The Legend Of Korra comic book news - we should be getting updates soon!