Comic-Con 2014: ‘The Legend of Korra’ Panel
‘Korra’ fans, it’s your lucky day. Not only will the ‘Legend of Korra’ spin an all new tale on Nickelodeon tonight, but we’re on hand at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 for the full panel in Ballroom 20! What Avatar secrets were revealed, and what major characters will be making a big return? Find out with the latest on ‘Legend of Korra’ from Comic-Con 2014!
First and foremost, creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino addressed the elephant in the room to remind us that ‘Legend of Korra’ is NOT canceled, and that episodes will be released online weekly beginning with next Friday. August 22 will see the two-part season 3 finale released. Both admitted that the shift to online didn’t occur as smoothly as they might have liked, but that Korra had always had a stronger online presence, and that the shift has been happening more with their industry.
We won’t spoil “The Terror Within” for you, but another battle with Zaheer’s gang brings some incredible metalbending and “lavabending” moments, with plenty of cheer-worthy moments. Also, Bolin and Mako fighting in their boxers, if that’s your bag!
After the episode aired, Janet Varney reiterated that Korra is an exceptionally human character, and makes mistakes, even as the Avatar. Seychelle Gabrielle chimed in to say how much she loved the friendship developing between Korra and Asami, a sentiment Seychelle’s parents share.
The panel was especially welcoming of first time attendees John Michael Higgins and Mindy Sterling, while Higgins had anticipated something much smaller. Higgins had to be brought up to speed on the ‘Avatar’ universe at first, but quickly developed Varrick as “part Rupert Murdoch, part Thomas Edison, part Bozo the Clown.” We’ll also learn a bit of the character’s bizarre childhood in an upcoming episode.
Special guest Dee Bradley Baker dropped by to make some beloved animal calls, as well as lead the cast in singing the original series’ “Secret Tunnel” song.
Bryan and Mike showed off some incredible artwork for Zaheer’s gang, including concept sketches of the character, which evolved to have more of an MMA presence and cauliflower ears. Ghazan is difficult to animate, for all his tattoos, while P’Li was designed after ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’’s Lisbeth Salander at first, before evolving to be even taller.
Joke art included Zaheer in modern winter clothing and a Rudolph sweater, as well as Zaheer rocking out like voice actor Henry Rollins, with the others as his band behind him.
In addition to footage we’d already seen, the panel showed off some side-by-side pencil animatics and footage of an upcoming fight between Mako, Bolin, Ghazan and Ming-Hua, as well as Lin and Zaheer in battle.
Studio Rev pitched in to help the transition back to Studio Mir, which will run primary animation for the confirmed, and in-production fourth season.
Sadly, we were warned that this might be the “last big Korra panel,” even if the show ends up coming to New York Comic-Con.
A short reel of upcoming footage included Team Avatar reaching the Misty Palms oasis, and finding they’re wanted by the Earth Queen for treason. Asami and Bolin play an epic game of pai sho, and Korra will discover the “shocking truth” about Zaheer and his group. Also, Korra restrained in full Hannibal Lecter mode, because why not?
Well, what say you? Are you excited for 'The Legend of Korra' season 3 to continue, by all we've learned from the Comic-Con 2014 panel? Tell us what you want to see from the new season in the comments!