A sardonic Sokka… “Sardonic”, meaning “grimly mocking or cynical”… This is a leading word used at Comicbook.com’s article — detailing the cast list of the live-action Netflix remake of hit animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008) — to describe Katara’s older brother. No, no, no… This cannot be!
The piece goes on to say that this of the live version of Sokka played by 16 year-old Ian Ousley: “Outwardly confident, even brash, he takes his responsibility as the leader of his tribe seriously, despite his inner doubts over his warrior skills… doubts that he masks with his wit and deadpan sense of humor.”
I know this is a new take on the story and all… but Sokka worked best as a clown-ish type. He could be serious when necessary, but even then his goofy exuberance would shine through somehow! He doesn’t work as a “real-world” cynical type with deadpan humor… That’s not why we love Sokka at all!
He was so endearing to us before because he was a youth who had seen some hardship but kept an often playful side, a little sarcasm mixed with that playfulness, and he was never a grim type looking at the world with harsh, cynical reality in his attitude.
The cast reveal goes on to include descriptions for three more of the main players in this tale:
12 year-old Gordon Cormier plays Aang, “a fearless and fun-loving twelve-year-old who just happens to be the Avatar, master of all four elements and the keeper of balance and peace in the world. An airbending prodigy, Aang is a reluctant hero, struggling to deal with the burden of his duties while still holding on to his adventurous and playful nature.”
Actress Kiawentiio is Katara, “a determined and hopeful waterbender, the last in her small village. Though only fourteen, she’s already endured great personal tragedy, which has held her back from rising to her true potential, though it’s never dimmed her warm and caring spirit.”
And then there’s Zuko, played by 17 year-old Dallas Liu. Zuko is described as “a skilled firebender and the intense and guarded Crown Prince of the Fire Nation. Currently roaming the world in exile, he’s on an obsessive quest to capture the Avatar because he believes that is the only way to reclaim his life and live up to the demands of his cruel and controlling father, the Fire Lord.”
Everyone else in the principal cast of characters sounds basically like their cartoon counterparts! That is, unless they’re leaving out information… Like maybe Aang will be an utter coward who runs and hides at the sign of danger. It’s not likely; but you never know what drastic turn some will take a character and say they’re writing “original/creative” content.
If this “sardonic” and “deadpan” version of Sokka is indeed what we’re getting, they’re making a big mistake. Again, it’s a new spin on the story; but make the characters resemble what made them so good in their original incarnations! I cannot see how turning the comedy relief of the Avatar gang into someone so grounded in “real-world” cynicism will make things all the more interesting.
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