Today, during Netflix’s Tudum event in São Paulo, Brazil, the first look for their Avatar: The Last Airbender series debuted. The segment featured actors Gordon Cormier (Aang), Kiawentiio (Katara), Ian Ousley (Sokka), and Dallas Liu (Zuko) on stage live. While only a short title card teaser trailer was shown, it announced that the live-action series (which completed filming in June 2022) won’t debut on the streaming platform until sometime in 2024. Finally, the first character images debuted, which featured accurate adaptions of the characters costumes.
Midgard Times reported this possible shift in release date back in April which was first rumored to hit this summer by MyTimeToShine. We at Knight Edge Media have heard ourselves though we could never confirm that the VFX on the show is extremely far behind. While, this is a good problem to have instead of terrible acting/writing; the VFX teams simply have been trying to edit The Volume set to look more cinematic and less like a sound stage. Thus the extended post-production time on the series.
We have also heard that the streaming service could film season 2 and season 3 back-to-back if season 1 is well received. With the “wait and see” approach Netflix does for show renewals, this may be a necessity before the younger actors age out of their roles. Since star Gordon Cormier was cast when he was 11 in 2021 but will already be 14 when the show debuts. While this is pure speculation, Netflix could buy some goodwill towards the series. They could do an early season 2 renewal before season 1 even comes out and begin filming by the end of the year. While many may need to wait until 2024 for the show to debut, the renewal shows that Netflix believes in the property despite the high VFX costs. However, this is all highly unlikely as the WGA Strike is ongoing for the show’s writers
Avatar: The Last Airbender will stream exclusively on Netflix in 2024