Legend of Korra Creator Interviews

The creators of the succesful Nickelodeon cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, speak up about the new show which will air 2012.

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By JerBear - 3/10/2011


Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy interviewed Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of Avatar: the Last Airbender, about the new show. Here's a taste:

Are you looking to win new viewers with the series or just satisfy fans of the old series who have grown up?

DiMartino: We want everyone to watch. Definitely fans of the first series will not be disappointed in this one. The tone is a little older, the characters are a little older than the first series—they’re teenagers. Korra is 16 so she’s older than Aang was. So I think maybe some people who weren’t into the first show might find this one and be into it.

Since the main characters are older, will there be more romance?

Bryan Konietzko: I thought Korra was 17 so Mike and I have to get our stories straight. The main characters are in their late teens, we’ve always loved those kind of teen love triangle type stories and there was plenty of that in the original series. We’re definitely getting into it in this series. The difference is these people have cars and motorcycles and things. There’s definitely a different dynamic. I’d say the show is more sophisticated than the original series but it has the same balance of tones we’ve always liked with humor, action, drama, scary stuff and romance.

Will characters from the first series show up in “Korra”?

Konietzko: Again it’s 70 years later so they’ll appear in various ways perhaps.

DiMartino: There is definitely a link to the old series and the old characters.

Tell me about the heroine of the story, Korra. What’s she like?

DiMartino: Korra, we kind of describe her as a fiery waterbender. She’s very pugnacious. Kind of in your face. We wanted to create a new Avatar that was completely the opposite of Aang. So, whereas Aang was the peaceful, nomadic Airbender guy, she’s very tough, very headstrong, not scared to get into a fight, and kind of picks fights with people too sometimes. So she’s definitely totally the opposite of Aang so it has been kind of fun to write her character and put her in situations that Aang never would have gotten into.

Konietzko: It’s refreshing it’s totally different from Aang. But she’s also funny and has a lot of charm and vulnerability because she’s still growing up and trying to figure things out. We worked on that first series for more than six years and we love those characters but it’s great to be working with fresh ones with a new spin on the world.

Who is the main villain in Korra?

DiMartino: We have a great villain. He’s kind of an anti-bending revolutionary guy. Very scary dude. And definitely is quite a challenge for Korra.

Will we find out what happened to Zuko’s mom?

DiMartino: That question will be answered in some way, but not necessarily in the show. That’s all I’ll say.

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The previously announced voice cast includes:
Janet Varney (Drillbit Taylor) will voice the main character Korra, Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) will voice Jinora, Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) will voice Hiroshi Sato, David Faustino (Married with Children) will voice Mako, Seychelle Gabriel (Yue in The Last Airbender) will voice Asami, Lance Henriksen (Aliens) will voice Lieutenant, P.J. Byrne (Evan Almighty) will voice Bolin and JK Simmons (Spider-Man) will voice Aang and Katara's son Tenzin

What do you think? Looking forward to this new series? Comment, and be nice, this was my first article.
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JerBear - 3/10/2011, 2:16 PM
;)
KingKazma - 3/10/2011, 3:47 PM
I'm not too sure on their choices of voice actors :/
Creature - 3/10/2011, 4:17 PM
JK Simmons as Aang? whaaaat?
JerBear - 3/10/2011, 5:26 PM
Aang's son
hunterelf - 3/13/2011, 12:57 AM
wow, can't wait !
Teois42 - 3/13/2011, 12:10 PM
I can't wait for this show.

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