The Legend of Korra had a tough act to follow after the iconic Avatar: The Last Airbender. But creators Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino really pulled out all the stops for Legend of Korra: the show had a compelling storyline and truly original characters, developing the world of Avatar and showing us what could happen next.
With cameos from the characters of AtLA, and a finale that blew us out of the water, Legend of Korra was a rollercoaster from start to finish, leaving fans eager for more. But is more what we're going to get?
The Legend Continues...
Rumours have been flying about a potential Legend of Korra movie that would continue the story. As Nickelodean were lukewarm about LoK from the start, and even cancelled the show before moving it online for season 4, it's highly unlikely a movie would find a home on good old Nick. This hasn't perturbed fans though, and the idea of moving the movie to Netflix has been tossed around a lot.
So how plausible is it? We've already talked about how unlikely the movie is. Why? It seems the creators are finally parting ways...
"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."
BUT this statement came before the announcement of the Legend of Korra comics! Set after Book 4, the comics will see Korra and Asami return from their vacation to the Spirit World and yes, they will be a couple. So Bryan and Mike aren't completely abandoning the Legend of Korra franchise... and who knows, if the comics gain popularity, maybe a movie is possible after all!
We're still very wary about the idea though, so if you're reading this Bryan and Mike (and Nickelodean or Netflix!), here's 5 things that MUST be included in the Legend of Korra to avoid another Last Airbender disaster...
1: It MUST Be Animated
So this is pretty obvious, right? The Last Airbender tried to make full use of CGI bending, with mixed results. Most of the time M. Night Shyamalan ignored the beautiful shapes the elements make in the original cartoon, disregarding the power of the martial arts inspired bending moves. Sometimes the CGI worked...
...and sometimes it didn't.
(6 guys for one small rock? Uhuh.)
Of course, if the movie is animated and follows straight on from the show, then this dooms hopes of a big bucks Hollywood production. But that's probably a good thing. At first, the idea of a live action reboot on the big screen was appealing, before The Last Airbender dashed fan hopes. So keep it small, keep it in canon, and please please keep it traditionally animated.
2: Time Jump!
The finale wrapped up so many plotlines that it seems almost a shame to revisit this story for a glorified season 5. The best thing would probably be to jump forwards in time, by at least 10 years or so, to show the characters in the future. Of course we still want to see Mako's reaction to Korra and Asami being together, so flashbacks would definitely be needed. BUT there's a stumbling block with this: Book 4 already did it!
So how about a time jump even further into the future, following the next Avatar. The two plots could be interwoven: it would be great to see the LoK crew in flashbacks that inform part of the new story, with some characters sticking around to guest star.
What if an older Korra goes missing, and when a new Avatar is found her friends fear the worst? Then it turns out that she's still alive, and the new Avatar is some kind of trick... I'm spitballing here, and I'm sure that Bryan and Mike could come up with something way better. But setting the story in the future is probably the best bet to keep things fresh. And while we're on the subject...
3: More Fire Nation!
We've had air, we've had water, and goodness knows we've spent enough time in the Earth Kingdom to want a different setting. The next avatar is set to be an Earthbender, but we definitely need more from the Fire Nation.
The Fire Nation was a major part of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The main antagonists, we eventually learned more about their oppressive culture as they were eventually defeated. One of Bryan and Mike's greatest successes was managing to portray the people of the Fire Nation realistically: not villains, but real people with their own struggles and joys. Aang often wistfully talked about the Fire Nation's rich culture that was erased by Ozai - remember when dancing was banned?!
Aang: [to the Fire Nation students] Listen guys, dancing isn't something you think about. It's a form of self-expression that no one can *ever* take away from you.
Shoji: Maybe it was different in the colonies, Kuzon. But we don't do that here
Aang: Sure you do! You have for generations. It just so happens that I know several classic fire nation dances. A hundred years ago, this was known as "the Phoenix flight.
So let's see the Fire Nation rebuild their country and discover their heritage!
4: Do Something Interesting
This really goes without saying, doesn't it? To push Legend of Korra into a movie, the plot really needs to do something interesting and different. Maybe Bryan and Mike could introduce another part of the mythology that we haven't seen yet: people with strange abilities learning how to energy bend, or a previously undiscovered realm like the Spirit World.
Or the movie could eschew Korra's world completely, broadening the Avatar world by setting the story in the far future: we've had steampunk bending, why not cyberpunk? Using the mythology of bending in an industrial age is really fascinating, and the creators have played with genre boundaries before. Could we see a sci fi Avatar movie, where bending the elements takes humanity out into the stars?
Ok, that's a little far fetched, but this is a world where people can manipulate the elements: anything's possible!
So what would you like to see from a LoK movie? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!