While one originated as a children’s television show and the other in comic books, Power Rangers and Justice League both have big-budgeted, live-action, film adaptations scheduled to arrive in theaters in 2017. Both properties also follow teams of colorfully costumed superheroes tasked with defending their world from otherworldly threats, and both sport ongoing continuities stretching across multiple incarnations and platforms.
Despite this, the Power Rangers and the Justice League have never met face to face in any form (comic book, live-action or cartoon TV show) – on good and/or ill terms. However, all that will change in 2017 too, with an upcoming comic book miniseries crossover event from DC and Boom! Studios.
Announced today in a joint press release, the two comics publishers will team up with Power Rangers’ IP-owner Saban Brands to release a six-issue monthly miniseries titled Justice League / Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, beginning in January of 2017. The series will feature a Justice League team comprised of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and Green Lantern in addition to the six team members of the 1990s Mighty Morphin iteration of the Power Rangers (Zack, Kimberly, Jason, Trini, Tommy and Billy).
How many other members of each team’s extended supporting cast, if any, will appear is yet to be revealed. It is also not, at this time, immediately clear whether the series will take place in either the contemporary DC Comics Universe or the continuity of Boom! Studios’ current Power Rangers comics (which features the same team). Check out the full press release and the first promotional image below:
On January 11, two of comics’ greatest teams will combine their powers and abilities for the first time! The Justice League—Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern John Stewart, the Flash and Cyborg—meet Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in a six-issue monthly miniseries from New York Times best-selling writer Tom Taylor (INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, GREEN LANTERN CORPS: EDGE OF OBLIVION) and artist Stephen Byrne (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA REBIRTH: THE RAY).
Something terrible has happened in Angel Grove when the Power Rangers’ Command Center is breached and the teleporters are damaged! Zack the Black Ranger is flung into an alternate universe full of citizens possessing outrageous powers and wearing strange costumes. Will Jason the Red Ranger, Trini the Yellow Ranger, Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Billy the Blue Ranger and Tommy the Green Ranger be able to get to Zack in time to save him from Batman?
In addition to the standard covers drawn by Karl Kerschl (GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER), each issue will feature a variant cover drawn by one of comics’ most popular artists, pairing each member of the League with a different Power Ranger:
Batman/Pink Ranger by Dan Hipp
Cyborg/Blue Ranger by Dustin Nguyen
The Flash/Black Ranger by Yasmine Putri
Green Lantern John Stewart/Yellow Ranger by Marguerite Sauvage
Superman/Green Ranger by Chris Sprouse
Wonder Woman/Red Ranger by Marcus To
Justice League / Mighty Morphin Power Rangers debuts on January 11th, 2017.
Source: DC, Boom! Studios, Saban Brands