My Two Favorite Sagas: Batman and Avatar (Part 1)

If you’ve found your way to my site, it’s fair to assume that you have an affinity for all things entertainment.  I do too, but for me, the Batman Saga and Avatar Saga stand above all else.

Firstly — Batman, and at the top of that list comes the Dark Knight Trilogy (DKT), my favorite 3 movies.

THE BATMAN SAGA

What is there to say that hasn’t been said already?

From the gadgets to the brains, he’s just goddamn Batman.

Besides the normal stuff, though, I see a lot of myself in him, a man who chooses to embrace the light side of the darkness by using his pain for good.

Yet, while everyone knows Batman, fewer are familiar with my other favorite saga.

 

THE AVATAR SAGA

 

 

“Avatar: the Last Airbender” (TLA) premiered in 2005 when I was just 10, but unlike most kids of my generation, I didn’t actually watch it until a decade later.  When I did, though, I fell in love with it and “The Legend of Korra” (LOK) right after.

Although I had seen plenty of shows before, nothing had ever touched me deep down like the Avatar Saga.

Today, TLA stands as my favorite show, and LOK’s right there in second place, and I don’t see either ever being dethroned.

THE 3 PARTS OF A STORY

Every story contains 3 parts: the plot, the world, and the characters.  In this and the next article, I talk about these parts in each saga.  I start with plots in this article, then talk about world and characters in the next one.

PLOTS

Water.  Earth. Fire.  Air.

Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony.  Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.  Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them.  But when the world needed him most, he vanished.

A hundred years passed, and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang.  And although his airbending skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he’s ready to save anyone.

But I believe — Aang can save the world.

This is the intro for every TLA episode, an intro to an open-ended adventure the spans 61 episodes.  There’s just something about open-ended adventures where we’re put in a completely new and fictional world, then set off into it.  We don’t know what awaits us out there and we don’t know what twists and turns the story could take.

Much the same could be said for the DCEU.  With boom-tubes, demi-gods, and everything in between, it’s no surprise that something like “Young Justice” (YJ) can take as many twists and turns as Avatar while not needing to travel outside of the DCEU.

Before YJ came along, I had only possessed a mild fascination with superheroes, DC and Marvel.  But this show, I don’t know, it just grabbed me and made me a DC fan for life.

I know I said that the Batman Saga stands as one of my 2 most favorite, but really it’s the entire DCEU.  It’s just that he’s my favorite part of it, not to mention DKT.

I’m glad Batman got the best superhero trilogy of all time.  Maybe even the best trilogy period. I know for some, “Star Wars” or “Lord of the Rings” might stand as the best, but for me, it’s DKT.  I just wish the newer DC movies took place in the same world, which is another thing…

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