It’s Morphin Time! The teaser trailer for Power Rangers (out March 24, 2017) dropped on Saturday, October 8. Judging from the two-minute video, fans of the classic ‘90s television show can expect sleek new costumes, the return of villain Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks) and of course, plenty of teenage drama.
Compared with the characters on the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show that ran from 1993 to 1996, and the two Power Rangers films that came out in 1995 and 1997 respectively, there’s a grittier vibe to these color-identified rangers from Angel Grove, California. The Red Ranger, played by Dacre Montgomery, appears to be wearing an alcohol monitoring bracelet as he heads to a disciplinary Saturday program with the other future Rangers and a few extra bullies. The Pink Ranger, played by Naomi Scott, chops off her hair in defiance of snobby girls who make fun of her remedial group. The Blue Ranger, played by RJ Cyler, deals with some serious high school bullying by the lockers.
Bound by their outcast status, the Yellow and Black Rangers join the other three and the group stumbles on to those fateful glowing shards that give them super strength and the power to leap canyons in a single bound.
We don’t get a glimpse of Bryan Cranston as Zordon, that floating head who gives the Power Rangers instruction and guidance. But we do get a gander at baddie Rita Repulsa who warns “I’ve killed other rangers before,” perhaps in reference to the show or the 1995 or 1997 motion pictures that preceded this.
In the trailer, there’s only a hint of the reimagined Power Ranger suits. The famously campy spandex getups have been traded for glowing, muscle-emphasizing suits that are more Iron Man than horse jockey.
The trailer was released on the heels of the cast appearance pegged to New York’s Comic Con over the weekend. Check out the movie's website for more information about the release of the film.
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