Drive-by movie news: Avatar movie casting sparks ‘net rage, Scalzi’s best-of, Bat-rumors!

Fans up in arms over casting: M. Night Shyamalan is making a movie version of Nickelodeon’s animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the first casting choices were announced last week. The problem? Well, Avatar is set in an Asian-inspired world, with a multiethnic cartoon cast, and the live-action choices thus far are entirely caucasian. Naturally, fans are pissed.

(And since y’all would probably stone me if I didn’t include this, let’s not forget Avatar’s primary Star Wars connections: The Clone Wars’ Dave Filoni directed several episodes, while Mark Hamill voiced Fire Lord Ozai, the show’s ultimate antagonist.)

One Reply to “Drive-by movie news: Avatar movie casting sparks ‘net rage, Scalzi’s best-of, Bat-rumors!”

  1. I’ll be honest, the white-ness of the casting choices for The Last Airbender really never hit me until I read the bruhaha (not that they don’t have a point). It was more “They got WHO to play Zuko????” Somehow, I can’t see a boyband guy pulling off dark and angry Zuko, and I don’t want him mucking up the best redemption story since Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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