Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone
Plot: Follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must master all four elements and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdom.
The creators of the show, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko both hated the film, and officially said they'd pretend it doesn't exist.
In Britain, "bender" is a slang term for a male homosexual, so lines in this movie such as "Look out, he's a bender!" resulted in plenty of giggling in UK movie theaters, making it difficult for audiences to take the film seriously.
Dev Patel expressed dissatisfaction with the final film.
Noah Ringer submitted an audition tape of himself doing martial arts with a completely shaved head with Aang's signature arrow tattoo painted onto his forehead to Paramount Pictures. This video is what won him the role.
The film was originally titled "Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)", after the TV show it was based on. However, James Cameron and 20th Century Fox had already registered the film title Avatar (2009), so the word was dropped from the title to avoid confusion.
The picture Zuko carries of his family is identical to the one from series, seen multiple times throughout the series and hung at the beach house.
Jesse McCartney was originally cast to play Zuko, but was replaced with Dev Patel due to scheduling conflicts.
Almost 30 minutes of footage was cut from the theatrical release because Paramount Pictures wanted the film converted to 3D as quickly as possible, in an effort to save money.
Noah Ringer holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo, which is one of the reasons why he was chosen for the Title role of Aang.
A scene involving the Kyoshi Warriors and the introduction of their leader Suki (Sokka's other love interest) was filmed but removed from the final cut, due to the director's belief that it was a separate story and would only distract from the movie's main storyline.
Although the characters of "Sokka and Katara" are meant to be only a few years apart, Jackson Rathbone is actually 11 years older than his on screen sister Nicola Peltz.
According to M. Night Shyamalan, the "mispronunciation" of the names of some of the characters (Aang, Sokka, Avatar, etc) is due to the fact that he wished to 'honor the source material' and use the Asian pronunciation.