In attendance on the Finally! Nickelodeon: The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra: Exclusive First Look panel were series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, along with co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, supervising producer Ki-Hyun Ryu, and composing partners Ben Wynn and Jeremy Zuckerman. They started with introducing the show's main character, Avatar Korra, with a series drawings. They wanted Korra to be different from Aang. They said they wanted her to be tough; they tried thinking of her as a snowboarder. Korra is of water tribe decent and is familiar with snow after all!
The panel went on to introduce the new Team Avatar. Her friends include two brothers; one of which is an Earthbender, and the other is a Firebender. The Earthbender is Bolin, who is the comic relief character in the bunch. He's the younger brother and is rather goofy and naive. Mike and Bryan said that Bolin’s character was originally what they had in mind for Toph in the original series. The Firebender is Mako, who is named in remembrance of the deceased voice actor for Uncle Iroh. Mako is the brooding member in the group, akin to Zuko, but not as much. Mako's hair was a hot topic at the panel, and is apparently very imortant, lol.
Korra's animal guide is a Polar Bear Dog named Naga. She too, like Korra, is female. Korra, however, is not the only one in the new Team Avatar with a pet. Bolin has an animal friend as well; a fire ferret named Paboo. There is also going to be a new species of flying lemur. And that's not all, as Aang and Appa apparently found a group of sky bison following the end of the war in the original series.
The city that the new series will take place in is called the United Republic. It was founded by Aang and Zuko. The Comic-Con panel also discussed the descendants of Aang and Katara, whom had three children. Tenzin is the youngest and is the only airbender. Tenzin's family includes his wife, Pemma, a non-bender, and their three kids: Jinora, Iki, and Meelo. Tenzin's disposition is supposedly quite serious, but when his kids start to act goofy, he can be really funny. He tries to be the 'zen master,' but he loses his patience sometimes.
The villains in the show are a faction of anti-benders and chi-blockers called The Equalists. They are lead by masked villain - the one seen on the poster and at the end of the trailer. The rest of the Equalists also wear masks and menacing outfits. It is believed that they picked up their chi-blocking from Ty Lee, or descendants of hers.
The law-enforcers in the United Republic are group of Metalbender cops. After the war in the original series, Toph had traveled the world to teach the ability to bend metal to fellow Earthbenders. The Metalbending police force uses spools of metal cables to move about the city. They're lead by the chief of police, who happens to be Toph’s daughter! The panel didn't mentioned who Toph married. Perhaps it is a surprise that will be revealed in the series...
There is also now a competition or sport called Pro-Bending. In the sport, teams of three benders (one of each element) fight against each other. Apparently Bryan created the rule book for the sport and spent an hour explaining it to the animators using virtual players on a hand drawn arena. Elements of this can be seen in the trailer. Looks wicked!
The first season will be 12 episodes - that was all the was originally planned. The second season will be the extra 14 episodes that were ordered by Nickelodeon. Sifu Kisu returned for the new series as the martial arts supervisor. Back with Kisu are the same classic martial arts styles! Of course there will be some new styles mixed in, including a mixed martial arts style element for Pro-Bending tournaments.