The Last Airbender Super Bowl Trailer


With the Super Bowl just a few days away, we’re starting to get a look at the various movies that studios will be promoting on game day. Clearly, if they’re spending boatloads of cash on a TV spot, these are films that they expect big things from. First up: The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan’s adaptation of the popular anime series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Up until now we haven’t seen much from the film except for a few photos and a short teaser trailer. From what I understand, the series has a pretty large following, but I know absolutely nothing about it. Does this really have what it takes to be a massive summer blockbuster? Well, based on people’s positive reactions to this Super Bowl trailer, it certainly seems possible.

Personally I think it’s a bit too short to really get much out of it, but the effects definitely look top notch. If all goes well, it seems like this will end up being what Dragonball Evolution should have been. The movie stars mostly relative unknowns, and it hits theatres on July 2nd, 2010, going up against The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action-comedy Knight & Day. Once again, I have to ask… does this have what it takes to be a massive summer blockbuster? Check out the Super Bowl spot after the jump and see what you think.

  • Marc

    This film will be an instant classic and a major blockbuster if it even achieves half of what the animated show was. That said I’m hoping to see at least 3 or 4 more installments considering how grand in scope and scale the show was. I mean there’s no way to tell the whole “Avatar” saga in just one film. They need to do with this what Warner did with Harry Potter films and let it progress logically.

    In any case I hope the film rocks!

  • swarez

    There are surprisingly large amount of adults that like this show so it’s not just for the kids.
    The trailer is nice to look at but here’s hoping the kid, who has never acted in his life, can deliver the goods as he was chosen mainly because of his martial arts skills and looks.

  • Vina

    The more I see of this film, the angrier I get. Why on earth did they have to cast Caucasian kids in all of the Asian/Native American hero roles? Is Hollywood this terrified of minority actors? This is a kids’ film for God sake. What were they thinking?

  • KYriakos

    he can pass for asian..

  • Henrik

    Is the main kid not asian? They also have some indians in there… I don’t get a racist vibe from the production, Shyamalan is all about minorities and standing up to the man.

    As it stands now, this looks to be my favorite american film of 2010.

  • Rick

    i am so stoked! i love the show. the movie, hopefully, will kick ass. and i agree with marc. the scope of the show and the story is so long and so big, to go into depth so it makes sense hopefully they’ll do one movie for each instalment of the series. book of water. book of earth, and the book of fire. I can’t wait to see what they do with the avatar state

  • ShenEvil44

    Ok. Sean, this is NOT an anime series. It is an american cartoon show that was animated by a Korean studio. Ok, buddy? It may be “anime inspired” , but I repeat, it is NOT an anime. Hopefully, we’ve got that cleared up.

  • I don’t really want to argue over it since you’re clearly pretty worked up about it, but I guess it depends what you think the word “anime” means. If anime is a style of animation, then I think it qualifies. If anime means that it was produced overseas, then I guess not.

  • ShenEvil44

    LOL! I’m not getting worked up on it, man. Just wanted to help you understand the difference. The short term “anime” is what’s used by the Japanese to refer to animated cartoons. That’s where it came from. This term outside Japan, however, is used for referring to animation specifically from Japan. It’s been internationally used as a labeled term now that even Japan started accepting it as a term for referring to Japanese animated shows. (Didn’t mean to give you the wrong idea, dude. Sorry =P.)

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  • Mrespony

    After all the wings, chopped beef, beer and fried twinkies I was certainly letting out some air benders during the Super Bowl.

  • jameZOOOOO

    nice discussion,
    i prefer calling avatar an “animated series” just because in my school, “ANIME” brings along with it, a long string of ugly prejudices that people will think of when the word is mentioned. There is a japanime influence in avatar, but it’s well placed.