After the surprising home video sales of this year's Saban's Power Rangers, fans are hoping to see a sequel to continue these teenagers' journeys — and one of these fans is famous comic book writer Gail Simone. She tweeted about her enjoyment of the film and half-jokingly commented that she wanted to write a Power Rangers movie herself:
Of course, this doesn't mean that she's actively lobbying to do the sequel — but fans of her writing (including myself) would love for Saban Films and Lionsgate to take advantage of her offer. Here's why:
Gail Simone Is Critically Praised, Which Is What 'Power Rangers 2' Needs To Be
While longtime fans of the Power Rangers mythos were very pleased with the reboot, critics were not as happy, giving it a 46 percent aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes. And as moviegoers increasingly base their ticket-buying decisions on "fresh" or "rotten," the script for the next movie needs to be reviewer-friendly.
Gail Simone has written some of the most acclaimed stories in comic books, such as her run on Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Birds of Prey, which have a great balance of fun, action, bright colors, great storytelling and terrific characterization — all of which sound like the perfect ingredients for a critic-approved Power Rangers movie.
Gail Simone Definitely Knows Teenagers/Young Adults
As previously mentioned, one of Gail Simone's greatest works is her Batgirl run. Often when a writer tries to write about modern-day teenagers, it is usually pretty obvious that they're out of touch — but Gail is not an example of that; she portrayed Barbara Gordon arguably better than anyone ever has. So if any writer is going to take over a story about teenage superheroes, my money is on Gail, a master of her craft.
She Could Give The Female Rangers More Characterization
While the characters Kimberly Hart and Trini Kwan were written very well in Power Rangers, they were definitely not the main focus of this story — that was mostly put on the great friendship between Jason and Billy. With Gail Simone known for flawlessly portraying badass heroines, perhaps she could develop both Kimberly and Trini even more, making them just as awesome as the first film made Jason and Billy.
It Takes A Fan To Know What Fans Want
Another bonus for Simone: she's a Power Rangers fan. As Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins proved with her deep love for Diana's character and the lore, audiences can sense when a storyteller is a fellow fan of the source material. If a writer doesn't know and/or care about the superhero they are adapting, it more than likely leads to something like X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
While she's never written a Power Rangers story before, it's clear from Gail Simone's reaction that she does care about this franchise — and knowing her? She wouldn't disappoint fans, being one herself.
Do you think Gail Simone could be a good choice for Power Rangers 2 or do you think the franchise should continue with the same writers? Let us know in the comments below! Go, go Power Rangers!