The upcoming Power Rangers is full of promise. With serious talent such as Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston, a promising cast of newcomers and a director willing to explore a more serious story, the film is expected to completely reinvent the franchise and earn its place among the great superhero blockbusters. Cue the music:
So far, everything we've seen behind the scenes points to a much darker approach than what we were used to in the old TV show. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have further proof of that serious tone in the recently released picture of the menacing Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks) ambushing Trini, the Yellow Ranger (Becky G).
EW also sat down with the actress to discuss Power Rangers. When asked about what was going on in that picture, she said:
"Rita tries to make Trini feel like she’s the weakest link of the Power Rangers, and she feels it’s easiest to go for her. Rita’s the type to play a lot of mind games, and Trini’s [thinking], 'Can I really overpower Rita Repulsa or can I not?'"
She also talked about what was like filming that fight scene:
"When we did our blocking, our run through, Elizabeth and I really wanted to make it fun, to make this scene as real as possible. Actually, I got to run through the wall a couple of times. I got thrown up against it and I got to break it myself. My stunt double of course was there, talking me through it, but I was really, really excited. It was a bit intimidating for me because, you know, it’s Elizabeth! I look up to her a lot as an actress, so getting to work one on one with her is really cool. I learned a lot, and there were moments when I had to hit her, and I was like, 'Oh my God, I hope I don’t actually hit her!' She really let me be hands on in a lot of the fighting, so it was cool."
The actress also revealed how much is left before the movie comes out next year:
"We’re done with the majority of filming now. We have some reshoots coming up which I’m excited for, because I’ll get to see everybody again. We have Comic-Con before that, which is even more exciting because it’ll be my first time ever. Honestly, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to go before, because my dad works for a really big toy company. He takes my brother every single year, and he’s always offered for me and my other siblings to go, and I’m always like, 'No, I’ll go eventually.' Little did I know I would be going as an official Power Ranger."
Well, those were some pretty interesting details. Why is Rita Repulsa playing mind games with the Power Rangers? Why doesn't she simply blast them away?
What raises my curiosity and my expectations the most is the fact that it seems the villainess and the young heroes will have more one-on-one interactions than just fist-fighting. The reason this gets me excited is the fact that, by the looks of it, the film will explore the characters' psychology, something we've rarely, if ever, seen in previous Power Rangers media. What about you?
Do Becky G's Comments Raise Your Hopes For The Film? Do You Think Power Rangers Will Actually Explore More Serious And Darker Themes?
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]