People were surprised when it was announced there was going to be a new Power Rangers movie. Many were disappointed when they realised it wasn’t going to be based on the awesome fan-made unofficial Power/Rangers short released in 2015.
But we have been slowly getting little snippets of information for the new project..
Entertainment Weekly have released the first image of the new Power Rangers suits!
See the full article here.
Lets’s have a look!
They are clearly inspired by the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from the 1990s. The colours are bang on and it looks like at least the Red Ranger has a dinosaur styled helmet. Lets have a closer look.
Unlike their 1990s counterparts, the new Rangers will be wearing an alien crystalline armour that grows around them when they ‘morph’ so they may not even be based on dinosaurs at all!
Anyone can see the obvious Iron Man influences in the design of the armour, right down to the glowing chest piece and gauntlets. What ever inspiration was drawn has created a look that is a far cry from the original spandex. It is clear they are going for a grittier feel and trying to reach an older audience.
Having a look at the Red Ranger you can see what appears to be a T-Rex head as his helmet, but this could quite as easily be some kind of alien that we have yet to see. We know next to nothing about the plot of the new movie other than it is a coming of ages film, presumably being an origin story for the new cast.
What is good to see in the new suits is the Power Rangers Morpher. previously this was attached to each Rangers’ belt but here we see it forms part of the armour itself.
There has already been a lot of criticism over this new look and while it hasn’t filled me with a huge amount of confidence for the films release, I probably will end up seeing it., if for no other reason than nostalgia.
The new cast are a group of fairly unknowns which is the best thing for a film like this. After all they are going to be high school students and will presumably feature in some sequels (unless this one bombs at the box office!)
We have Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy. The exact same characters as the original show but fresh group of youngsters.
Oh and let’s not forget that the team will be fighting their old nemesis Rita Repulsa, being played by Elizabeth Banks. She also has a new look, very different from the Rita we remember.
I am secretly looking forward to it and am interested to see what they do with the franchise. Can they move away from the campy visuals, questionable martial arts and exploding grass?
If we end up having an action packed Power Rangers movie with serious, dark themes and intense super-powered combat, I will be a happy man. Shouting “It’s Morphin Time” at the top of my lungs any time some mentions the Rangers was a large part of my childhood!
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