Initially I planned an article about the Power Rangers reboot's slow progress and some things this movie needs to be successful until a few days after that when I learned Jason David Frank, who portrayed Tommy Oliver in eight Power Rangers seasons updated us on the movie's progress. Now here is a article about some requirements and what the update implies. (Alongside some awesome fan art!)
Okay, as we know, May 7, 2014, Lionsgate announced that in conjuncture with Saban Brands they are planning a movie about the Power Rangers in reinvisioned form. July 2014, Lionsgate announced Roberto Orci and his writers team, Zack Miller and Ashley Stentz (Zack and Ashley. Ha. Get it?), writers of the tv series Andromeda starring Kevin Sorbo, FOX's Fringe, the movies Thor and X-Men: First Class, were hired to work on the movie with Orci as the producer, who later left to direct Star Trek 3... which he later left. But before leaving he mentioned in an interview with IGN that Haim Saban, who brought Toei's Super Sentai from Japan to America and created Power Rangers, is adamant that the movie reinvisions Power Rangers but is, in Orci's words, "not a leave it all behind reboot" wanting the movie set in the series' continuity, thus the main Power Rangers will be new characters. You can read the full article here: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/07/21/roberto-orci-discusses-the-new-power-rangers-movie-and-potential-connections-to-the-original-series
He also said, any past Power Rangers actors and actresses willing to reprise their role are allowed to cameo. Though Orci left, this plan is by Saban and is still being ran with. Orci also said the movie's tone will be between fun and serious, to appeal towards the intended younger audience and also OG fans. August 2014, Lionsgate announces Power Rangers is scheduled for a July 22, 2016 release. In December, I started worrying about the situation of the movie's pre-production cause from August until recently, nothing official has come from it while WB's/DC's Suicide Squad's director was announced alongside the movie and it's cast and filming schedule two months later and releases one month after Power Rangers. And cause of Ghostbusters' main cast being announced and will release on the day Power Rangers does causes Power Rangers's production to seem stranger. January 2015, according to Jason David Frank's recent interview with ComicBook.com, Power Rangers continues to progress to the point that, in JDF's words, "Everything is in place" and that "it is being filmed this year. I know that for a fact". You can read the full article here: http://comicbook.com/2015/01/18/jason-david-frank-on-my-morphing-life-the-power-rangers-movie-mo/. According to the works of movies, a movie cannot near production without the director, costumes, sets, etc. being prepared and actors and actresses being tested. This automatically implies they've been keeping these in secret.
I have watched and have been a fan of Power Rangers since '98. Though my interest decreased during "The Year Without Power Rangers" (Which was 2010). When it started airing again in 2011 with Power Rangers: Samurai, I started imagining what a modern movie Power Rangers reinvisioning can be like (I imagined a government organization making the Ranger's power using the electromagnetic spectrum) and noticed the cinematic potential Power Rangers holds if done in movie scale form but rebooted. The same year I learned I am not alone on this.
Many people have gained interest in a more mature and cinema worthy form of Power Rangers for years. Thus, since this movie's announcement, my interest in Power Rangers from before 2010 was reinvigorated and am speculating about it at times to point of annoyance to my brother. Though I was born in 1995, I have watched nearly all Power Rangers episodes (Maybe except for about 4-5 MMPR season 3 episodes), know all lyrics to their opening theme by the way and really like high-stakes/serious superhero movies. Thus I know what a Power Rangers movie in this age should have. Here are some requirement for a higher quality Power Rangers movie. (The following images include fan-art. Why? Because they're awesome. None are by me.)
Jason David Frank
JDF said about Lionsgate's and Saban's intent with Frank's character, Tommy Oliver, "they do feel that I'm going to be part of it, because they feel there's no movie, at least, without me". This may imply that the team will gain their powers through Tommy which would be logical due to Frank being the most available and well known PR cast member, Tommy recently (And mysteriously) regaining the Dragonzord power during the "legendary war" in Power Rangers: Super Megaforce thus maybe retaining residual power and lastly due to the movie particularly being about a new Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers team.
The Black Ranger
Simply NEEDS to not be portrayed by an actor (Or actress) of African descent. Movie studios hasn't done many adaptations appropriately, but they are fully aware of the backlash that will ensue if they did this. Thus, we can safely say they won't.
The Pink Ranger
Probably should not be portrayed by a female to be away from the "If the superhero is in pink they must be female" aspect in superhero culture. Probably may not be pink cause of this. But if the Pink Ranger in this team is female, that's fine.
The Blue Ranger
Not many requirements for this one other than the Blue Ranger not being exactly like Billy Cranston to make him or her more independent from the original Mighty Morphin' Blue Ranger due to the movie being in the series' universe. Different personalities is something that helps shows, movies, comics, games etc. stay interesting. Thus is so with PR.
The Yellow Ranger
Basically the same as the Black Ranger, Yellow Ranger simply NEEDS to not be of east Asian descent.
The Red Ranger
Not many requirements here either. But I slightly recommended Red Ranger is not of European descent to be away from the usual "Person of European descent must be the leader (Mostly)." (Which is an actual protocol in casting Red Rangers in most PR seasons. I suggest you look it up.) But if he is, that's fine.
Whoever the main ally are, they simply have to be useful and not simply put in the movie and given some lines. And if a new Alpha is made to work alongside the main team, Alpha being able to activate a combat mode if Alpha needs to protect the Command Center should make Alpha more interesting alongside having a level of comedic relief.
Needs to not be goofy. Sarcastic lines are acceptable. They must have a menacing feeling from them that can be felt without them uttering anything and be a threat greater than any other. Due to a new Rangers needing to gather to combat whatever will threaten life in whatever year the movie is set in, that year will already have Power Rangers of a coming series If the deal between Toei and Saban stays and continue their yearly-in-universe Power Rangers plan, the villain/villains will need to plan to strike in a way villains of Power Rangers never struck before. Thus, the movie's villains will need to operate in a way that doesn't disrupt the what's happening in the series of year they're set in and vice-versa. Some smaller references to each other can suffice.
This isn't really a requirement to enjoy a Power Rangers movie for some but for others (Including me), understanding logic on virtually everything in this and other movies is. After the movie's announcement I started contemplating the logic in the Power Rangers Universe and noticed that some dynamics in the PRU isn't detailed so far. Including my questioning of exactly how does an image of their individual zords' manifest on their helmet like that? Though most Rangers' suits' color are based on their respective Zords' color, why are the Zords' colored anyway? How are Black Rangers able to emit purple energy? Are they Black Rangers or extremely dark Purple Rangers? Lastly, how does a combat suit of extraterrestrial origin gain a skirt? These I can only hope become answered. Though, on terms of the Zords' colors, with scientists currently being unaware of the actual color of many prehistoric creatures, maybe in the PRU, the tyrannosaurus was red, triceratops were blue, etc. Another thing I've questioned is how do some Rangers randomly have a name for their attacks, weapons, personal vehicles? If in the movie the Rangers calls out names for these, they should be explained as being known about by the Rangers before calling these out. Or names given by the Rangers themselves. Or these things simply don't have names. And for the morphing, in 2009's Power Rangers: RPM the morphing sequence was explained to occur cause the morpher technology accesses a mysterious large energy field called the Morphing Grid to send the Rangers into another dimension or, with others, wherever Lightspeed Rescue, S.P.D. and RPM move through to access the energy that collects onto their cellular make-up to become the suits. And sometimes when the access is closed after morphing, a sudden burst of that energy is released and causes an explosion behind the Rangers (I know right!).
The morphing is arguably the most awesome looking thing in the Power Rangers series. Which the spectacular aspect of was interestingly absent in the first Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers movie which lead to the most special effects to be their morphers mysteriously flying at our faces. In the reboot, if they do start the sequence with moving their arms as if preparing to do martial arts, those who aren't fond of that will critique that hasrshly unless movie shows it's needed to activate the morphing properly. Plus the energy released from the morphers should be quite flashy, then cause their entire bodies to glow like stars and and collect onto the Rangers' bodies as many pixels and/or like waves of electromagnetic energy in their corresponding colors. If nothing similar is in any movies before then, this will be unlike anything seen in movies before.
- The Suits
The movie officially being ready to film this year implies that the Rangers' suits are designed and ready for wearing (Oh my wow!). Something that if on their helmets in the movie needs logic for why it's there for those who aren't fond of it are the metal mouths on many Super Sentai's/Power Rangers' helmets. The metal mouths were introduced in the third Super Sentai series, Battle Fever J cause Toei made a deal with Marvel Comics to translate the common American superhero design into Super Sentai including the exposed mouths of cowl wearing characters for adding popularity. Whatever the helmet designs are, they should look consistent with the suits. Cause of my recent Power Rangers contemplation, I noticed that while the helmet basically says "High-tech combat suit with animals' faces/vehicles and what-not graphed onto the helmet" the suits mostly say "Pretty awesome spandex". In this movie, they can be like spandex but with much detail. Maybe a fabric that has the diamond pattern but all over the suit in smaller, knitted together forms in the suits' color except for the larger white diamond pattern that can be metal like. And I strongly hope their suits' color doesn't continuously accord with the team's normal cloths. It works in the series to help young children remember which person is what Ranger, but the movie needs to include a sufficient realism level.
In this age of CGI, the Zords (And the monsters) assuredly will not be portrayed by people in bulky suits. They will need to be designed in a way that's quite unique. Hopefully the Sabertooth Tiger looks different enough from the Yellow Voltron Lion from the mysteriously silent Relativity Media's Voltron (Speaking of that WHERE IS IT!?). The Zords' combat against the monsters should feel hype and awe inspiring and the Megazord scene or scenes the same.
A requirement for us who want some deep origin, is something that's also never really been explored which is how was technology created on Eltar that can have Coins holding the capabilities of prehistoric creatures inserted into it and release it as energy to become a colored form-fitting combat suit onto the body of the devices' users? And how did Ninjor create the Power Coins? Zordon's story of his 2000 year war against Rita and her forces was mentioned in the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers tv series (And gladly will be visualized by the coming fan-film on YouTube, Zordon of Eltar directed by Cisco Davis Jr.). That alongside mentioning that Rita trapped Zordon outside of the normal time flow and must live in a special tube to stabilize himself. But exactly how Rita became a criminal and how Zordon became an authority figure in the PRU is unknown. Knowing this would be awesome since this is what lead to the first formation of Power Rangers on Earth. In the reboot, small flashbacks would suffice.
Being able to say a movie is ready to film always cannot be said without already gathering the cast. Especially for the lead character. By this, I hope Robbie is testing for and gains a Ranger role. Now, unoticable acting is good acting. Acting of which that doesn't allow you to notice the actors and actresses portraying the characters. This is, of course, what Power Rangers needs and is something Robbie has shown. Not only that, but with the movie likely including mostly young adults as the main Power Rangers, it should have actors and actresses who's faces really like they're the characters' age. Usually the people called upon to become Power Rangers are gathered due their ability to work alongside each other in harmony (That alongside being athletic). By this, I question whether all the Rangers are U.S. citizens or from different countries but mystically caused to understand each other. We'll see.
I really can't get how many past Rangers can potentially return and some of them not have simple passers-by cameos. If all past Power Ranger member cast who wants to return reprises their role, what will they be doing when we see them? According to PR mythology, multiple planets has different Power Rangers. So the best scenario I can imagine is seeing random Rangers in a series of quick scenes of them, where ever they may be, operating as a Power Rangers organization spanning any planet with Power Rangers.
Being able to say a movie is ready to be filmed awesomely requires that the director has already been working on the movie in pre-production. Thus, Power Rangers has a director. Whoever the director is, he or she must not be directors of past PR episodes. A number of them are fine directors... for PR episodes. This movie needs a director who we can already trust to correctly direct a high-scale movie. The director needs to help choreograph the correct components needed to balance the expression for high-stakes and teenager situations and help the characters become deeply explored to help us care for them. And, as is needed for all directors, knows exactly what the movie needs whenever and wherever it's needing even for the smallest things to express the movie toward us in sufficient form. Currently, I hope it's no director other than...
Matthew Vaughn. Director of Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, etc. Interestingly, it seems like nothing is currently on his schedule for the future. If so, that's peculiar. Maybe... (Surprised gasp)... Maybe.
Anywho, I hope this movie becomes a franchise that is worthy to stand alongside Lionsgate's Twilight and Hunger Games franchises and let us know that 80s/90s children's shows can be theatrically adapted. So what do you all think Power Rangers needs to succeed? What actors and actresses do you care to see portray the Power Rangers of the big-screen in 2016? You can let me know in the comments section below. Have a good life and may the Power protect you.