Lionsgate and Saban's Power Rangers is a big screen reboot of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show and the larger Power Rangers property in general. Between the official images and the trailer footage released so far, longtime Power Rangers fans now understand that this film is indeed a proper re-imagining of the franchise - one that puts a more grounded, yet stylish stamp on its mythology, similar to what Power Rangers director Dean Israelite did with such fantastical concepts as time-travel in his feature-length directorial debut, the found-footage adventure Project Almanac.
So far, the new designs of the Power Rangers costumes have been unveiled, along with the new look for their arch-nemesis: the extraterrestrial sorceress known as Rita Repulsa (as played by Elizabeth Banks). We've yet to see an official image or footage of the Rangers' mentor, Zordon (Bryan Cranston), from the film. However, we do now have our first look at Zordon's easily-panicked robotic companion in the movie, Alpha 5 (voiced by Bill Hader).
IGN has the exclusive on concept art of Alpha 5 from the Power Rangers movie reboot. Check it out, below:
Alpha 5, like the Rangers' costumes in the movie reboot, is getting a sleeker makeover in Power Rangers - one that's a far cry from the TV budget-level look (read: plastic and cheaper) of his predecessor from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show and its many sequel series. The character does have the same general color scheme as his predecessor, only with darker hues of red, blue and silver; again, similar to the Rangers' outfits when compared to their Mighty Morphin Power Rangers iteration.
By and large then, Alpha 5's design is in keeping with the now-established aesthetic for this Power Rangers movie: the same as before but shinier and "more alien-like", with a few noticeable alterations (see, in particular, Alpha's lightbulb eyes). "More alien-like" would be the most succinct way of describing Power Rangers' aesthetic, when it comes to the film's modifications to the original designs of such elements as the Rangers' costumes, Alpha 5, the Power Coins, and the Rangers' Zords/Megazords. That should also hold true for Zordon's appearance in the film - something that ought to be the next big Power Rangers reveal on the horizon.
As for whether Zordon's robo-friend Alpha 5 will have the same comically neurotic personality as he traditionally has: like the rest of the Power Rangers mythos, it should still be present (especially seeing as Hader is the one providing the vocals), if comparatively subdued in the movie reboot.
- Power Rangers (2017) release date: Mar 24, 2017