The director of the Power Rangers movie, Dean Israelite, has confirmed that he would like to include a fan-favorite villain in the sequel. The first Power Rangers movie served as a reboot of sorts; new Rangers, new backstories, and new suits, but the movie still still stayed true to its Power Rangers roots, most notably in including a classic villain from the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Rita Repulsa. Played by Elizabeth Banks, Rita was a campy villain that was perfectly brought up to date for the movie's purpose.
Going forward, the future of Power Rangers is unclear, but there were plans for at least one more movie, as teased in a Power Rangers post-credits scene. There's certainly a wealth of possibility for a second film; the introduction of Tommy Oliver as the Green Ranger could happen, while there's a whole collection of classic villains who could make an appearance.
Speaking to Israelite, Screen Rant asked if there was anything (or anyone) other than Tommy, that he was saving for a Power Rangers sequel and he immediately mentioned perhaps one of the best Rangers villains of all time:
"You know, there was a lot of discussion at one point of Lord Zedd being in this movie. We didn’t have the real estate for it, and I didn’t want to dilute the storytelling, so Lord Zedd definitely has to make an appearance in the franchise, he’s a fan favorite."
Perhaps the most major villain across all of Power Rangers, Lord Zedd was the main antagonist in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, and also featured heavily throughout Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers in Space. He was the first American-made villain for Power Rangers; having no roots in the Japanese origins of the show. Initially, Lord Zedd was so terrifying that his appearances prompted complaints from parents, and that resulted in him being toned down dramatically.
However, it's easy to see that he'd be a good fit for a Power Rangers sequel; Israelite could well choose to go down a similar route to that he chose with Rita Repulsa, and create an outlandish villain that's obsessed with power and obliterating the Rangers. That would appeal to both fans of the franchise as well as a younger audience, which Israelite has already said he would be keen to draw in after the first Power Rangers movie scored a PG-13 rating.
In Power Rangers canon, Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa marry, and have a son, Thrax, who also made an appearance in Operation Overdrive, part of the Power Rangers 15th Anniversary special. With that in mind, Israelite could also have the option of bringing Banks back for more, as long as Power Rangers manages to fare well enough on home release and with the added bonus of toy sales, to get that all-important sequel made.
Power Rangers is out on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD starting June 27th.
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