A new video discusses diversity in the history of Power Rangers. The various films and series about The Power Rangers have been around for a long time. While the TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered in the U.S. in 1993, it was taken from a Japanese show called Super Sentai – which has been around since 1975. In fact, footage from Super Sentai has been in every episode of the many different Power Rangers series. All the fight scenes and sequences with the zords – at least the ones where the Rangers are wearing their masks – are actually done with Super Sentai footage. As are many of the show’s villains. New characters and footage are filmed to complete the stories when the Rangers’ faces can be seen.
Throughout the history of the many series, the various Power Rangers on the American versions of the shows and films have been a pretty eclectic group. There have always been women on the team, not to mention characters of various ethnicities. This trait has continued into the recent movie reboot of Power Rangers, showing that whether or not a person can be a hero is based on who they are on the inside, not their gender or skin color.
Power Rangers will be released on Digital HD, Blu-ray, and DVD later this month. Saban Films has released a clip [above] from one of the special feature videos, discussing the history of diversity throughout the various versions of the Power Rangers.
The clip starts off with the film’s director – Dean Israelite – talking about how he was the perfect age to enjoy Mighty Morphin Power Rangers when it came out and how it was just as big a hit in his native South Africa as it was in the rest of the world. He is followed by both film and series producer Haim Saban, who begins by talking about Super Sentai. Saban bought the rights to the entire world outside of Asia, and was struck with the idea that they could be anybody under the masks. He believes that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was one of the first multi-ethnic hero shows, with women on the team as well as heroes who were not all Caucasian. After Saban discusses how the diversity of the show hit a chord with people, the final few second are of actor RJ Cyler – Billy in the recent movie – who appears briefly to point out that people recognize Power Rangers all over the world.
The one minute clip is part of a longer video titled ‘Rangers Then to Now’ which will be one of the featurettes on the film’s upcoming Blu-Ray and DVD discs. With such a long history and so many various characters who have donned the mantle of a Power Ranger over the years, it should be a pretty interesting look at various Rangers and series over the decades.
Power Rangers will be released on Digital HD on June 13 and Blu-ray and DVD on June 27.
Source: Saban Films