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.
It’s been a sad, sad week for all Avatar fans.
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