Entertainment Weekly posted a new photo of the Power Rangers, showing the updated look to the classic design of the original outfits. The movie will follow the exploits of the original line-up of the cherished children’s series, Jason, Zack, Trini, Billy and Kimberly, who battle Rita Repulsa and her minions trying to take over the world.
Another element that influenced the Power Rangers’ design was the need to bring in those not familiar to the original series. Though it was widely popular in its initial run, spawning a virtual sub-market of toys, games, and clothing, it was not without a few flaws.
A predictable story formula, G.I. Joe-style PSA’s and the occasional crossover of other Saban IP’s opened the franchise up to plenty of parodies and satires. With the reboot, the desire is to bring a more mature audience in order to branch out and make it accessible to those who never saw the series, or weren’t keen the style of the original.
One thing working to the design’s benefit is it is not entirely forgoing the classic feel to be hip and current. Like with other characters who underwent drastic changes to feel relevant (Superman, Batman, Captain America and Spiderman, to name a few), there is no issue with this. The Power Rangers are still the Power Ranger, but with better shine to them.
Considering the look and feel of the two previous attempts at putting the Power Rangers onto film, there is certain a unique and intriguing vibe with how these characters are being portrayed in this new version. It is hard to tell how exactly the characters will be taken, whether it’ll be in a manner similar to DC’s dark and gritty form, or Marvel’s lighter, occasionally tongue-in-cheek humor. Yet, it is clear that this version of the “teens with attitude” are going to a major change from their predecessors.
Personally, as a fan of the original series, I like the look. And though I wasn’t too keen on the movie when I first heard of the reboot, I have to say, this is piquing my interest.
What do you guy think?