Finally, it's morphin' time. After what felt like an eternity, the #PowerRangers movie has blasted on to our screens and we're gagging for some wild access to get those coveted cinema tickets. Fans new and old are flocking in their millions to watch their beloved multi-colored rangers fighting it out on the big screen — but the question on everyone's lips is: will the Power Rangers get a sequel?
With Elizabeth Banks proving to be a phenomenal Rita Repulsa, Alpha 5 and the Putties morphing from men in low budget suits to looking much more like the real deal and Trini, the Yellow Ranger, certifying herself as the first queer Superhero, a Power Rangers sequel could certainly get the go ahead. Let's look at those tantalizing sequel prospects.
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Five Sequels To The 'Power Rangers' Reboot Are In The Pipeline
That's right! In a world in which nearly all big Superhero blockbusters are created with the hope that they will spawn a lucrative franchise, The Power rangers reboot has proven to be no different. Speaking to Variety, Haim Saban the creator of the original '90s Power Rangers Series, and the producer of the reboot has revealed that the movie is written as only part one, with a potential five sequels being made in light of its success:
“We already have a six-movie story arc… If this film is as successful as I hope, on March 24, on March 25 we’ll have the first story meeting for Movie No. 2.”
But Will The 'Power Rangers' Be Successful Enough To Get The Sequel Treatment?
With the 5 Power Rangers sequels dependent on the success of the Power Rangers reboot everything currently hangs in the balance — and the early reviews are not entirely promising. With a current rating of 44% on Rotten Tomatoes, critically Power Rangers is not exactly wowing it's audience — but is this really important where sequels are concerned?
According to Superhero sequel history, maybe not
More Money More Sequels: Does Critical Success Really Matter?
According to previous Superhero sequels, what the critics think is actually of little importance. Marvel's Fantastic Four has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of just 27% and it still managed to spawn Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, DC's Batman V Superman was likewise awarded a minuscule 27%, and yet Suicide Squad, while not a direct sequel, was still produced as part of DC's expanding Universe, to an impressive 25% rating. Suicide Squad 2 has also been confirmed.
So the bottom line for getting the sequel treatment? The Box Office revenues. With Batman V Superman raking in a colossal $873 million and Suicide Squad bringing in a cool $745 million, critical opinion has little correlation to financial success. Consequently, given that Power Rangers is already critically performing better than both these movies while only reaching a score of 44%, a sequel or 5 could still definitely be on the cards.
How The 'Power Rangers' Movie Is Already Laying The Foundations For A Sequel
So confident are the producers of the Power Rangers that they will get the green light to make a Series of sequels, they've already included a sequel teaser during the movie's ending credits, as well as on their social media channels. In the original Series, the Green Ranger is introduced as the alternate persona of Tommy Oliver, a character who returned in many different guises throughout the Series including as the White, Red and Black Rangers.
While the Green Ranger does not appear in the Power Rangers reboot — his appearance is teased during the ending credits, and with the release of the above motion poster to the Power Rangers Twitter page — the production team are already teasing a potential sequel in which the chameleonic Ranger will appear.
All eyes are now firmly glued to those Box Office figures to see whether the Green Ranger will be shifting to turbo and rocketing all over our screens in the future!