If you were born in the early ‘90s, you have more than likely seen or heard about the Power Rangers one way or another. It’s been almost 23 years since the first episode aired on August 28, 1993, and after two films and 23 seasons, it shows no signs of slowing down. This should make us feel old.
The beginning of the Power Rangers franchise started to mold into a cultural revolution that would change the early ‘90s as we know it. Many fans of the original show were excited to see its first feature length film, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. As a kid, I absolutely loved the film. Many people that were children then can agree that it was a great movie. I even watched it a few weeks ago and though the movie has its flaws, it does have some great material and holds out to this day and years to come.
So, why make a reboot for 2017? That seems a little too late for the Power Rangers franchise, don’t you think? Well, wrong. I tend to believe that this movie has great potential to be an amazing film. Here’s why I think the reboot will be exciting for both the people and the franchise.
7. The Director And Writers Bring Experience To The Table
The man behind directing the film, Dean Israelite, is known for his film, Project Almanac, which was about teens who discover plans on how to create a time machine. It’s very possible that Israelite will incorporate some of those ideas into the Power Rangers film. Both films are also science fiction and it’s good that Israelite has had previous work with teens.
Lionsgate also has writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller writing and collaborating the screenplay. I think it is a great idea to bring these writers in because of their experience, and the fact they wrote Thor and X-Men: First Class. Those were two, very successful films and it would be wise to have these types of writers on board. Marvel Studios never seems to fail with great storytelling and character development, so for this new superhero flick, it'll be good to have these writers bring some superhero experience to the table. I believe the film will have a Marvel-superhero vibe to it as well. Power Rangers are indeed superheroes and I can't wait to see what's in store for these characters.
6. Stellar Casting For The Villain
I really like the fact that they’re bringing back the iconic villain, Rita Repulsa to the reboot. She’s evil, she’s menacing and treacherous, she’s the perfect villain for the film. This is also interesting because Elizabeth Banks is going to portray the evil witch. I’m glad that they have Banks in the film because I am a huge fan of her and her movies. She’s a great actress and this is her first time portraying a villain so this will role will definitely put her acting skills to the test, but I believe that she’ll do great.
5. Alpha 5 And Zordon Will Be In The Film
This is a given, but it’s been recently confirmed that Alpha 5 will indeed, be in the film. The director, Dean Israelite, mentioned the Alpha will be a “spectacular character.” What could this mean? If you were a fan of the original show, Alpha was an essential part of the Power Rangers who would provide them details on missions and gave insight on Rita and other villains. After hearing about the director’s comments, maybe we’ll get a ramped-up version of the character?
“Ay-yai-yai!" You can’t have Alpha without Zordon. Being the creator of the Power Rangers and their powers, he provides a father-child relationship with Alpha and the Rangers. When they finally announced who would be playing Zordon, I was stoked! If you don’t know already, the actor portraying the head-in-the-tube-guy is our favorite drug-dealing chemistry teacher, Bryan Cranston.
4. The Original Theme Song
Touching on what I stated earlier, the early ‘90s generation, whether liked the show or not, has knowledge of the show itself, including the theme song. There’s a lot of songs in movies that I enjoy and listening to the theme song from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, is just something I can listen to all day:
It’s got a late ‘80s vibe and it gives some nice guitar riffs and the best ingredient, originality. I wasn’t expecting the theme song to be in the reboot, but the director stated that the song was going to be “key to the movie.”
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3. The Original Dinozords
Not only are we getting the original characters, Alpha, Zordon, and theme song, but we’re getting the dinozords! It’s been reported that the zords we will see in the reboot will be based off the original and keep their specific animals to each Ranger.
It’s going to be interesting seeing these zords come to life, again, 23 years later. I know that we had them in feature films and with the current television series, but nothing can beat the original. With the technology we have now, I believe we’re going to get a megazord that’s based off what we’ve seen in Transformers. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I hope that we get to see each dinozord come together and create the megazord, just like the original show.
2. The Film Is Going To Have A Darker Tone
I’m actually pretty excited for a darker Power Rangers. I believe the reboot needs to be aimed for both adults and children. The film is going to be PG-13 and I think that’s an appropriate rating for a reboot. Remember that rated R, fan-made, 14-minute video?
Pretty gritty, right? I can guarantee that the reboot won't be this dark, however I am expecting some intense fight scenes and emotional sequences. I'm also expecting some crucial fight scenes between Rita and the Rangers. They chose Elizabeth Banks for a reason. It wasn’t just to become Rita Repulsa. It was to choose an actress who could play the evil witch and be able to fight them face to face. Entertainment Weekly released a photo of a fight scene where Rita (Banks) has Trini (Becky G.), pushed into a wall, holding Trini by the throat. That picture alone should definitely reassure us that we will be getting an intense movie.
1. A Future For The Power Rangers
When this film was announced, it was also said that there are plans for six to eight more films in the work. I think that’s a great idea. Lionsgate could potentially give us a Power Rangers film once a year, just like Star Wars. If something as big as Star Wars can provide that many films once a year, there’s no reason Lionsgate can’t produce the same way.
Sequels would be an essential part of expanding the cinematic universe with the variety of characters and villains. My all-time favorite Power Rangers characters are Tommy, the White Ranger/Green Ranger, and Lord Zedd, the Power Rangers’ greatest villain. I doubt we’ll see these characters in 2017, but I believe we’ll get a mention of Lord Zedd and a hint to Tommy Oliver’s appearance. Of course, this is all riding on if the 2017 version will be a box-office success. Personally, I think it will. With all the news, photos, and casting announcements, there’s no reason this film won’t be any good. March is a good month to release the film and I am super stoked. I can’t wait to see what is in store for fans of the original series.