Hitting the big screen later this week is Saban’s Power Rangers reboot, with all those who have worked on the movie hoping for a big payoff – none more so that movie studio Lionsgate, which spent an estimated $105 million bringing it to fans. Directed by Dean Israelite using a screenplay from John Gatins, the film will introduce an all-new cast to the world of Power Rangers (with the exception of Bryan Cranston!), and already looks to be making an impression on critics who have enjoyed early previews.
One of those actors new to the franchise is Elizabeth Banks, who has stepped into the role of principal antagonist and alien threat, Rita Repulsa. Looking drastically different to the Repulsa that those who have been loyal to the franchise for some time saw in the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series, this version of the character will be tied closer than ever to the Rangers team, with an all-new backstory.
During a press junket for the new movie, Banks spoke to us here at Screen Rant about whether or not she sees a future for her character in any potential Power Rangers sequels:
“I mean, we are just here in this moment right now… *Laughs* Hoping that the fans embrace the movie, hoping people love it, ya know? I think, I mean I love it, and I had so much fun, I think it’s really fun, I think it speaks to young people, in a great, fresh way, um I love this cast, so I’m, I’m down for whatever, but I… I don’t predict the future, I don’t predict the future.”
The comments certainly don’t come as a surprise, with Repulsa one of the more recognizable faces from the Power Rangers franchise. Having appeared almost 150 times throughout the years that the show has been on the air, she’s not exactly a character that can easily and simply be disposed of.
With that being said, now more than ever the general public can quickly get bored and slap something with the label of being ‘stale’. If Repulsa is to make a return in any future sequels that may come about, Banks and the movie’s writer(s) are going to have to do a good job of ensuring she can maintain viewer interest. Otherwise, they could fail to keep audiences onboard.
Of course, those involved will be waiting for the consumer response following the film’s premiere this Friday before making any big decisions. If she turns out to be the fan-favorite, Rita Repulsa will likely see herself fronting movies for years to come. If not, that bridge will likely never be crossed.