Lionsgate and Saban’s Power Rangers film,. a reboot of the first U.S. run of the 1993 Might Morphin Power Rangers (which initially used recycled footage from Toei Company’s Super Sentai) moving quickly towards the finish line. Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) is already on board to play wicked alien witch Rita Repulsa, along with a fully assembled team of Power Rangers. However, any redux of the first series would be sorely lacking without Zordon.
As the leader of the team, Zordon recruits the team of teens, training them to be Rangers. And while it still seems too hard to believe, the production really did snag Bryan Cranston to portray the Power Rangers sage.
While it’s hoped (and rumored) that the film, despite its time constraints, will explore more of Zordon’s backstory and his history with Rita Repulsa, Cranston may spend the bulk of the film as a disembodied, projected head. So what exactly would Bryan Cranston look like as the Rangers’ team leader? Fan artist extraordinaire BossLogic recently revealed his conceptual artwork on Twitter.
As an extremely on the ball conceptual artist, each day BossLogic creates beautiful renditions of recently cast actors in popular film. His past imaginings have included Superman from Supergirl’s second season, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, and Donald Glover as Spider-Man’s Miles Morales. His rendition of Zordon is thoroughly updated, with Bryan Cranston floating akin to like Luke Skywalker in a Bacta tank tube of time. Since the film will be updating the now-hokey sets and costumes into a sleek, modernized version, BossLogic’s rendition would fit right in with the updated set.
It’s unknown whether Zordon’s inclusion will mean a more detailed account of the character and his battles with Rita Repulsa. Recent rumors indicated that the alien sorceress had a major connection with the team, which could be a retcon of the original show (as often happens with reboots). However, even if the first film doesn’t delve too deeply into Rita and Zordon’s history, clearly, Saban and Lionsgate are hoping to capitalize on the success of the 2017 Power Rangers film to start the franchise – likely as a shared universe.
The original run of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers launched a spate of 90s spinoffs, including Power Rangers Turbo, Power Rangers Zeo, and Power Rangers in Space, as well as a pair of feature films. With strong cast members like Cranston and Banks, as well as fresher if still accomplished Rangers team in the form of Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott (The Martian), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt), and Becky G (Empire), the Dean Israelite-helmed reboot stands a very good chance of exposing a new generation to the beloved (if cheesy) 90s franchise.
Saban’s Power Rangers opens in U.S. theaters on March 24th, 2017.