Many of my peers grew up on the Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise, and are kept up to date with every character and episode in the Avatar universe. When Netflix first announced a live-action remake back in 2018, some were hesitant, but most fans were waiting in anticipation for the promise that the show held.
High hopes were dashed, however, when the show’s creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko announced that they have departed the live-action adaptation. This came as a blow to many long-standing Avatar fans, and many have since sworn off watching it, and even have intentions to boycott the franchise altogether.
In an open letter to his beloved Avatar fans, DiMartino cited a mismatch of expectations between Netflix and the creators which led them to part ways. “What I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make,” he wrote.
The internet reacts
Netflix: #AvatarTheLastAirBender is one of the most popular shows of the year, even after 15 years since release!
Fans: Great, so you’re gonna let the creators of it do what they want with the live-action version?
Netflix: Lol, no
— Jordan Maison (@JordanMaison) August 12, 2020
We’ve already endured one live-action ATLA dumpster fire, not to mention your OTHER shitty live-action anime remakes.
Not again. PLEASE. pic.twitter.com/PzjPZaNM0O
— Annie Cromwell (@AnnieCromwell1) August 12, 2020
I was skeptical about this since live action + animated series almost never ends well (case and point the travesty that TRIED to adaptate a legendary TV series) but I had a bit of hope for this but now….#AvatarTheLastAirbender pic.twitter.com/DhXheZ8e5g
— Quasar1007-TheShapeH31 (@QuasarGreninja) August 12, 2020
— 𝑺☁️ (@Neptune_Leo) August 12, 2020
It’s been a sad, sad week for all Avatar fans.
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