Saban’s Power Rangers, a reboot of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, will hit theaters in 2017, bringing the franchise bang up to date. According to production designer Andrew Menzies, the team are trying to appeal to “a more mature audience” and “gain more fans,” which might go some way to explaining the (somewhat bizarre) new costume designs that have now been revealed for the film’s main cast members: Dacre Montgomery (The Red Ranger), Naomi Scott (The Pink Ranger), RJ Cyler (The Blue Ranger), Ludi Lin (The Black Ranger), and Becky Gomez (The Yellow Ranger).
Earlier on, we brought you the first pictures that EW unveiled, showcasing the Rangers in their proper costumes in the Power Rangers movie reboot. Obviously more shiny and modern-looking than tight colored spandex suits of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show, the new costumes certainly draw attention…but not necessarily for the right reasons.
Reactions to the costume unveiling have been mixed, with plenty of jokes about the new Rangers being offspring of Iron Man, as you’ll see from our round-up, below. However, the thing that has stood out to most people regarding the suits, is the seemingly completely unnecessary addition of ‘boob plates’ and wedged boots for the female pink and yellow Rangers. As yet, no one seems to be able to work out why anyone felt the need to make their armor so feminine.
@screenrant its as if the Transformers had a baby with Iron Man. And the baby is made of metal.— peter palezny (@P94blue) May 5, 2016
So basically rainbow colored Iron Man suits? https://t.co/d06JbqRuGN— Jackass Express (@jackassexpress) May 5, 2016
If the female Power Rangers have to have boob armor I vote for the guys getting junk armor.— Carly Lane (@carlylane) May 5, 2016
POWER RANGERS thoughts: Love cosmic power in chest plate. Hate boob armor/heels. Love unique mouth plates. Hate impersonal helmet redesigns.— Joey Esposito (@joeyesposito) May 5, 2016
From a guy that doesn't subscribe to the "everything is sexist" narrative I think the new female power rangers suits are needlessly feminine— RVKmovies (@rvk_movies) May 5, 2016
"how will we tell the female power rangers from the males ones??"— ellegg (@ellenphantstone) May 5, 2016
"titties and heels my friend, titties and heels" https://t.co/2EtXwmmaU7
Just my opinion here, but I don't like them! Seems more transformer than power rangers. Yea it's… https://t.co/aj3CEfOYVd— Jules (@iAmJuLeS_87) May 5, 2016
But, though they might not be all that easy to find, there are those out there who quite like the new design (like SourceFedNERD editor DJ Woolridge). Still, the overall reaction is generally not all that positive, to put it simply. Let’s hope the movie manages to prove its worth. In the meantime, at least the Power Rangers gave us all something to discuss (laugh at) today.
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late. The movie is being directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) and its credited screenwriters include Max Landis (Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein), John Gatins (Real Steel), Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Gods of Egypt), and Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor).
Saban’s Power Rangers will open in U.S. theaters on March 24th, 2017.
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