The first clip from M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender has been released online and it shows the approach of The Fire Nation to attack the Northern Water Temple. I just finished watching the first season of the animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, which is what the movie is technically based on. This clip visually matches up with the show and the show lends itself to spectacular action scenes. It also lends itself to a racial diversity that’s usually not seen in summer blockbusters and it certainly isn’t seen here. Well, that’s not totally true. The Fire Nation, the villains in the film, are of Indian descent. They’re out to get Whitey.
But what I’m missing even more is that the show is funny. Everything I’ve seen so far is deadly serious and I’m hoping that this is a decision of marketing and not a representation of the whole film. But casting white actors for clearly Asian characters is all Shyamalan. Hit the jump to check out the clip. The Last Airbender hits theaters in 2D and 3D on July 1st.
Update: We’ve been given 2 more clips. All 3 are in one player after the jump:
Here’s the official plot synopsis for The Last Airbender:
In the four nations of Air, Water, Earth, and Fire, the individual elements can be controlled by magical people known as “benders.” When the Fire Lord launches a brutal war against the other nations, it leads to a century of destruction with no hope for the future in sight. Caught between combat and courage, the young warrior Aang discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. He teams with Katara, a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka, to restore balance to their war-torn land.