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Live Action Aang and Ozai Battle Gives Us a Look at Netflix’s Reboot

Live action avatar the last airbender because Netflix seems to be going well! When Netflix first announced it was working on a live-action reboot, fans were cautiously optimistic. Original series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were on board, so it looked promising. Then DiMartino and Konietzko announced that they were leaving due to “creative differences” and people really started to worry. However, as Netflix has shared more about the series, it doesn’t look bad. The cast of the four main characters looks great and includes Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, and Dallas Liu as Zuko. Cormier shared photos from the set on his social media accounts and his most recent shows a live battle between Aang and Ozai, where Cormier and Kim strike combat poses.

What’s up on the reboot and what’s going on with Aang and Ozai’s live battle?

Image via Nickolodeon.

Apart from the four main characters, we also know that Daniel Dae Kim plays Fire Lord Ozai and Kim’s ConveniencePaul Sun-Hyung is cast as Uncle Iroh. Several female characters round out the rest of the main cast: Azula, Suki, Avatar Kyoshi, Gran Gran, and Suki’s mother, Yukari. Elizabeth Yu (All my Love) will play Princess Azula, the daughter of Fire Lord Ozai and sister of Zuko. Maria Zhang will play Suki, the leader of an elite female fighting force known as the Kyoshi Warriors, Yvonne Chapman (Family law) will play legendary Avatar warrior Kyoshi, and Tamlyn Tomita (Cobra Kai) will play Suki’s mother, Yukari, the mayor of Kyoshi Island. Finally, Casey Camp-Horinek (Booking656 Dogs) will play Gran Gran, the matriarch of the Southern Water Tribe, and the grandmother of Katara and Sokka. Other supporting cast members include Ken Leung (Lost) as Commander Zhao and Lim Kay Siu (night watch) like Gyatso. Commander Zhao was the Fire Nation military officer who served as the series’ first major antagonist. Gyatso was the wise Air Nomad monk who served as Aang’s teacher 100 years before the young Avatar met Katara and Sokka.

What about the aforementioned live-action battle between Aang and Ozai? It was shared on Cormier’s Instagram and you can check out the image below via the Netflix Geeked Twitter account:

This image depicts the final battle of the series, when Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Ozai finally face off in an epic battle of good versus evil. Avatar: The Last Airbender was an animated television series (not considered an anime, but definitely took anime elements) which aired on Nickelodeon Animation Studios. It takes place in a world where people can manipulate one of the four classical elements (earth, fire, water or air), also known as “bending”.

Only the Avatar can bend the four elements and they are responsible for serving as a bridge between the physical world and the spirit world. The series followed the adventures of twelve-year-old Aang, the current Avatar and last remaining member of his nation, the Air Nomads. He befriends the Water Tribe siblings, Katara and Sokka (the first of whom is a waterbender) and Toph, an earthbender. Plus, they try to escape the exiled Fire Nation Prince, Zuko, who *SPOILER ALERT* ends up becoming their friend! The show received critical acclaim for its characters, cultural references, art direction, soundtrack, humor, and themes. He often tackled more difficult concepts, such as war, genocide, imperialism, totalitarianism, indoctrination and free choice.

Albert Kim will serve as showrunner, executive producer and writer for the series, along with executive producers Dan Lin and Lindsey Liberatore of Rideback, as well as Michael Goi. Roseanne Liang is co-executive producer. Goi, Roseanne Liang, Jabbar Raisani and Jet Wilkinson are directing.

There is no official release date for the live-action reboot of Avatar: The Last Airbenderbut you can watch the entire original series on Netflix.

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer who loves the Oxford Comma, reading her endless stack of library books, and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. She credits her dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and likely majored in journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at [email protected]