Even those who are most cynical of reboots would've felt a bubbly sense of nostalgia at the prospect of a rebooted Power Rangers movie. The epic battles of teenagers-turned-suited-superhuman-martial-artists was one of the most adored franchises of the '90s.
Reimagining such a cult classic is a tough task. Those '90s kids (myself included) are now grown up; and the PG-13 rated film will be looking to target those original fans, and a younger generation. The balance to appease both is crucial.
But while the spandex has been summoned to the confines of history, and the brightly colored, cheesey-yet-engrossing '90s style a distant memory, there are many reasons for generations old and new to be excited at the prospect of a Power Rangers movie next year.
Below are the mighty morphin' reasons why the film will do justice to those fond, fond memories:
1. The Power Rangers Will Be A Trip Down Memory Lane
We'll start with the most obvious: this is the third film in the Power Rangers franchise, yet it's the first in twenty years. That's a whole lot of time for fans of the show to wait, but it also provides an interesting challenge for the creative team — how do they modernise the Rangers for the modern market?
There's no doubt those of us who loved the original (I'll confess to believing I would one day become a Ranger despite being incapable of the most rudimentary aerobics) will be looking for seeds of recognition.
Director Dean Israelite is confident that the series will achieve exactly that. In an interview with IGN, he said:
"I read the script and was really surprised by it and thought there was a really cool, contemporary, mature but still playful, buoyant and fun take on the material, and was updated in a really interesting way. It had this wonderful character that's essential to going on a fantastic adventure. I was instantly drawn to it."
2. The Plot Will Be Faithful To The Original
One of the most promising tidbits of information is the plot, which appears to essentially work as an origin story, which sticks to the original format: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
It'll feature all the classic high schoolers, Zack, Kimberly, Billy, Trini, and Jason. They'll portray the alter egos of The Black Ranger, The Pink Ranger, The Blue Ranger, The Yellow Ranger and The Red Ranger.
The is set in the Ranger's hometown of Angel Grove, and the impending threat of the alien villain, Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). The team will be formulated by Zordon (Bryan Cranston), giving birth to the ass-kicking superhuman Power Rangers.
3. Elizabeth Banks Is The Perfect Rita Repulsa
One of the most reassuring aspects is the use of the classic villain, Rita Repulsa. The evil, power hungry alien is the main antagonist of the original series, as well as the previous feature films. She is the yang to the Power Rangers' yin.
Banks in undeniable an inspired casting; her portrayal of Effie Trinket in the Hunger Games trilogy is a role that has all the aspects of a memorable Repulsa. Plus, her outfit looks completely awesome.
4. The Green Ranger Could Make An Appearance
The distinct lack of The Green Ranger (Tommy Oliver) is undoubtedly a shame, as he was, for many, one of the favorite characters in the original TV series. What makes the omission of the double agent even more prominent is the inclusion of Repulsa.
The pair shared a close relationship, as Rita convinced him to battle the Rangers, before he rightfully realised the error of his ways and switched to the bright side. But one theory suggests we see the Ranger in another form.
Savvy Reddit user The_AtomBomb suggested that Rita's suit clarifies a theory that she is, in fact, the Green Power Ranger, who turned bad but kept the outfit. The above outfit shows a promotional shot of the Pink Ranger, manipulated Green, compared to Rita's outfit. It's hard to deny the similarities above.
5. Bryan Cranston Is Playing Zordon!
We'll leave on an absolute high. The Breaking Bad star is another astute addition to the cast, easing doubts of the reboot by agreeing to play Zordon of Eltar, the sage responsible for forming the Rangers in a big against evil.
It's not too much of a surprise, as Cranston has been involved with Power Rangers, voicing Snizard in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He also played the Twin Man, an evil shapeshifting villain, and even the original Blue Ranger, Billy Cranston, was named after him!
Power Rangers is released on March 24, 2017.
Do you think the Power Rangers reboot will be as good as the original?