The Power Rangers have made their way to this year’s Comic-Con International to promote the upcoming movie reboot. They’ve left the ’90s and their body-hugging lycra suits behind in favor of more modern and protective suits and helmets. The alien-fighting teens’ flashy new armor serves a rather practical purpose – the translucent, extraterrestrial suit actually crystallizes around their bodies providing the ultimate protection when they go up against Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks).
Their new helmets are much sleeker and slimmer than previous designs, featuring a futuristic, metallic look. As you can see in the photos below, the visors actually open, allowing the rangers see what threats are directly in front of them. As with the armored suits, the helmets also have a rock-like visual texture. Considering their old spandex skin suits and bulbous helmets would not have passed a superhero safety inspection, these new helmets are quite an upgrade.
Also on display at Comic-Con are the new versions of Power Coins, which look like crystallized pieces of rocks or possibly even encrusted in a layer of diamond. This design is a drastic difference compared to the original Power Coins that were just a piece of plastic with prehistoric creatures displayed on them. The Power Rangers use the coins to morph into their suits of armor. It almost looks like these new coins are the suits themselves contained in small crystal-type devices.
Take a closer look at the photos below for the film’s five rangers:
Power Rangers will follow the five main characters as they band together after realizing their small town (and the world) is under threat of being obliterated by an alien force. Following in the footsteps of the TV franchise, the Rangers are all chosen by destiny. According to production designer Andrew Menzies, the cinematic reboot of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers TV series aims to bring the much loved franchise up to date and to hopefully appeal to a more mature audience while gaining a whole new generation of superfans.
More images of the display:
Singer Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and R.J. Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy look like they can stand up against any threat they encounter. 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).
Power Rangers will be released in the United States on March 24, 2017.