(Disclaimer: Spoilers for Power Rangers below. Continue at your own risk!)
Power Rangers has officially hit theaters, and enjoyed a solid first weekend at the box office. The film has grossed almost $60 million worldwide, and people have already begun to ask about a sequel. The film leaves the door open for future movies, and the stinger at the end of the film teases one of the most popular characters in Power Rangers lore: Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger.
We know that #TommyOliver is going to be in the sequel – possibly adapting the Green Ranger Saga from #MMPR – but we don’t know who will be playing the character. It’s likely the actor will be relatively unknown like the rest of the cast, but they may be going in a different direction than the source material. If the cast has their way, there will be a female Tommy Oliver in the Power Rangers franchise – and that may be perfect for the franchise.
The 'Power Rangers' Cast Wants A Female Green Ranger
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dacre Montgomery (who plays Jason/Red Ranger in the film) had this to say regarding the casting of the Green Ranger for the Power Rangers sequel:
"A lot of the cast and I have discussed that we think it should be a girl. It makes it even: three girls, three boys."
Montgomery's math is solid, and it does make sense for the team dynamic, but some might say Tommy is a boys name and show be played by a male character (which is silly). We are not shown what Tommy looks like in the film, and this leaves the door open for many possibilities. Montgomery goes on to address how the film leaves the door open for a female Green Ranger:
"It’s left blank. It’s a cliff-hanger. Whoever you’re going to drop into that position — whether it’s a girl — it’s inevitably going to create drama. It’ll be interesting to drop that drama into it and see how we all relate to it and work with it,"
Why A Female Green Ranger Is Perfect For 'Power Rangers'
First of all, fans are going to complain no matter who they cast as the Green Ranger. Jason David Frank’s portrayal of Tommy Oliver is iconic, and for a lot of MMPR fans he will always be that character. Nostalgia aside, the franchised has moved forward, and changes will continue to be made to the lore to fit the new Power Rangers.
If they cast a female Tommy Oliver, it would help to avoid the inevitable comparisons that fans would make to Jason David Frank. It would be far easier for people to differentiate and accept the new Green Ranger, because the obvious comparisons would be lost. Essentially, who Tommy Oliver is as a person, isn’t defined by gender. The character is a brave and compassionate (sometimes goofy) leader who just happens to be male.
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The new Power Rangers cast is already more diverse than MMPR. They already have Billy who is on the spectrum, and the first LGBTQ superhero in Trini. The characters all fit their parts perfectly and the changes made to the source material were molded to fit each character for a purpose. There is no reason to think that a female Green Ranger would be handled any differently than the other characters. Not to mention that the Green Ranger prior to Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers was female – even though Rita went bonkers and tried to murder the world.
The Power Rangers franchise has already set a precedent for gender swapping way back before Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Haim Saban created MMPR based off the Japanese Super Sentai program: Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, in which the Yellow Ranger was originally a man, but Haim Saban changed the gender of the character, and we got Trini Kwan. Having the new Power Rangers film gender swap the Green Ranger would follow the same path laid out by MMPR when it was adapted from Zyuranger.
When you get down to it, there is no reason why Tommy Oliver couldn’t be played by a person any gender of race. If the Power Rangers cast and filmmakers want the Green Ranger to be female, then so be it. The young lady will follow in the footsteps of the prior Green Ranger Rita Repulsa, and she will hopefully give us the Green Ranger Saga we’ve been waiting to see on the big screen. Make sure you catch Power Rangers in theaters now.
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)