Power Rangers was one of the biggest hits to come out of the '90s, spawning multiple series and movies as a result. When the calendar turns to 2017, fans of the teen superheroes will be just months away from seeing the first big budget take in theaters. Lionsgate has brought on Dean Israelite to direct the ensemble picture that features five relatively unknown, yet talented, actors in the leading roles. Dacre Montgomery (Jason Scott/Red Ranger), Naomi Scott (Kimberly Hart/Pink Ranger), Becky G. (Trini, Yellow Ranger), Ludi Lin (Zack Taylor/Black Ranger), and RJ Cyler (Billy Cranston/Blue Ranger) will be the focus of the potential franchise, and once they have come together as the Power Rangers, the threat of Rita Repulsa - played by Elizabeth Banks - will come to Angel Grove.
The first pieces of marketing for the movie have been received fairly well, but there are still some who doubt the project. Before any of these pieces were put in place for the upcoming film, Max Landis pitched his version of the movie. The polarizing writer's take was ultimately pushed aside for the current version, but a new piece of concept art from his vision shows a completely different take on Repulsa than ever before.
Artist Matt Franks was hired by Landis to design concept art for his pitch, but due to time constraints and other commitments, he could only design the titular villain. As you'll see below, his xenomorph inspired take on Rita is vastly different than the version that Banks will be portraying, but it certainly would've changed the perception of this film's audience and tone.
From all indications, the current Power Rangers film that will be released is not going to be borrowing any elements of this take on Rita for the final product. Banks has so far been shown in a human form with a vastly different costume. While the movie appears to be attempting to ground the property and make it more believable, making this turn at some point in the movie would be hard to imagine.
That said, Landis' films are typically on the stranger side and with this take being so far outside the box, seeing this version of the film and Rita is an interesting proposition to think about. Unfortunately, it is unlikely a version of Rita that looks more like a character from a horror/sci-fi film will ever be seen in this iteration of the property.
With her look not resembling a demon/alien hybrid, it appears that Rita instead could have substantial ties to the lore of previous Power Rangers, specifically the Green Ranger. Fans of the property will have to wait and see how exactly that is, but the current Rita appears to still be a different take, albeit not as different as the one Landis was hoping for.
Source: Matt Franks
- Power Rangers (2017) release date: Mar 24, 2017