The Power Rangers have been going strong on the small screen ever since the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show wrapped its three season run, back in the mid-1990s. However, the same cannot be said for the Saban franchise on the big screen; seeing as twenty years have passed since the last film to feature a team of Power Rangers (the box office bomb Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie), was released in theaters. The drought ends in 2017 with the release of Power Rangers, a big screen reboot of the franchise directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) and featuring a new generation of young actors in the roles of Power Rangers Jason, Zack, Kimberly, Billy and Trini.
Essentially every element of the Mighty Morphin TV show's mythology has been reimagined for the movie reboot, be it the Rangers' outfits, the design of their mentor Zordon (Bryan Cranston) and/or the costume for alien sorceress Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) - a villain speculated to be a former Green Power Ranger herself in the film reboot, with her own Zord in the form of Goldar no less. And on a relate note: the Power Rangers' colossal assault vehicles aka. Zords, have been given a significant makeover themselves, as the movie's final poster calls further attention to.
CBR exclusively debuted the final poster for Power Rangers; though you can check out the one-sheet for yourselves, below. This final poster includes a "Snapcode" in its lower-left corner that can be used as follows, per the official Lionsgate press release:
“Snapchat users can scan the new ‘Snapcode’ to unlock a new, immersive 360-degree Power Rangers ‘Lens’ that puts them in the Red Ranger’s iconic costume and allows them to ‘morph’ their visor, with a view of the mighty Zords and their fellow rangers.”
Whereas the Zords in the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show bear a distinct resemblance to the animals after which they are modeled (the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Saber-Toothed Tiger, Triceratops, Pterodactyl and Mastodon), the Zords in the Power Rangers movie reboot are both more distinctly mechanical and extraterrestrial in their designs. However, as has been noted several times over by now, that aesthetic also extends to the film's reimagined vision of the Mighty Morphin mythology and its various characters, in a more general sense. More and more longtime Power Rangers fans have adjusted to the movie reboot's design changes to the franchise at this stage in the game; though, those who still prefer the old-fashioned Zord and Megazord designs, can find them alive and well in Boom! Studios' current run of Power Rangers comic books.
The one-two punch of Mighty Morphin comic books and the Power Rangers movie, are part of Saban's larger efforts to usher in a new era of the franchise; appealing to the current generation of youngsters, without fully leaving the older Rangers fans in the dust. Power Rangers certainly has the vibe of a young adult property in the vein of past Lionsgate successes like The Hunger Games, so it may yet find similar success at the box office. If so, then those who have been fans of the property as far back as the 1990s, will need to adjust to the Power Rangers' makeover as a whole - since it's presumably here to stay.
- Power Rangers (2017) release date: Mar 24, 2017