Avatar Korra from The Legend of Korra animated series was based on former Mandalorian actress and MMA fighter Gina Carano, who played Cara Dune, according to series co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.
The Avatar creators answered questions about the origins of Korra during a panel at Comic-Con in 2012. This factoid has been repeated by several media outlets in the interim, some adding that Konietzko’s sister and snowboarders’ physiques also was an inspiration.
The fact that Korra was based on Gina Carano seems to be making the rounds on Twitter once again. The animated series The Legend of Korra has seen a resurgence in popularity on the social media platform in recent years, while Carano was terminated from the Disney Plus Star Wars series in February for controversial tweets Lucasfilm PR later claimed were “abhorrent.”
Given Carano’s conservative leanings, and The Legend of Korra seemingly resonating with those who lean more left, it’ll be interesting to see what, if any, reaction there is to this long-forgotten piece of trivia popping up again.
But the past is the past, and Carano is forever woven into the fabric of Avatar Korra. Even if Korra fans don’t care for Carano’s current year politics, they might just have to… deal with it.
The Legend of Korra ran on Nickelodeon from April 14, 2012 – December 19, 2014, and was the sequel to the highly acclaimed Avatar: The Last Airbender. It is currently streaming on Paramount+.
Netflix is currently planning a live-action reboot of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but the creators have seemingly disavowed this series. Instead, they’re looking at creating new Avatar series through the newly created Avatar Studios.
[Hat Tip: Stitch King Dan on Twitter]
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