As Saban's Power Rangers continues filming in Vancouver, BC, it was only a matter of time before someone with a cellphone and a social media account snapped a few photos and shared them on Twitter or Instagram for all the world to see. Previously, fans were given an on-set look at Rita Repulsa (in her regular costume, plus an alternate look) and a glance at some of the Rangers' weaponry. Then came the official release from Lionsgate showing off the new look of the Power Ranger's outfits.
With all the negative fan reaction across the Internet directed at the new suits, it would be easy to dismiss the new Power Rangers movie outright. However, by including Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) and her minions, it would appear that, along with the suit modifications, the filmmakers are trying to mix some of the classic Rangers mythos with a modern spin.
In more recent set photos (via YVR Shoots), the Red Ranger (Jason Lee Scott) is clearly visible, fighting a pair of stuntmen in green suits. Those green suits and stuntmen are rumored to later be transformed through the magic of CGI into members of Rita's army: the Putty Patrol.
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For those unfamiliar with the Putty Patrollers, in the first few seasons of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers television series, they were an army of minions created by Finster, himself a henchmen of Rita and Lord Zedd. Using clay, or "putty", he baked them in a mold using his monster making machine, which then pushed the Patrollers out of a tube -- sort of like a combination of an Easy Bake Oven and a Play-doh Cookie Maker. The footsoldiers aren't very powerful, having no specialized skills or weapons, but what they lack in superpowers they make up for in numbers, often overtaking their opponents by attacking them en masse.
Aside from the Patrollers, it is nice to see the Red Ranger's new suit in action (even if it's just still shots), and you can clearly see the markings where CG will be used to fill in specific "glowing" areas of the chest. It is also interesting to see the use of a practical helmet mold for the facemask hasn't been altered, as replacing it with CGI may have rankled even more fans of the classic look. The molded facemask has long been a mainstay of the Power Rangers franchise, so it's a relief to know the filmmakers haven't updated that aspect of the suit.
Knowing that the Putty Patrollers will be in this movie should also give fans some hope that the film's screenwriters and director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) will be successful in their attempt to revitalize the 23-year old franchise for the movie universe and not give it a hard reboot. That mentality will become important down the road since Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said recently he hopes to produce five or six Power Rangers sequels.
With the combination of Rita Repulsa and her nearly bottomless supply of Putty Patroller minions, it's a good bet that the five classic Power Rangers -- Kimberly the Pink Ranger (Naomi Scott), Trini the Yellow Ranger (Becky G.), Billy the Blue Ranger (RJ Cyler), Zack the Black Ranger (Ludi Lin) and of course, Jason the Red Ranger (Dacre Montgomery) -- will have their hands full adapting to their new powers, while simultaneously defending the Earth from this horde -- along with whatever unforeseen threat Rita has in store for them.
Power Rangers opens in U.S. theaters on March 24, 2017.
Source: YVR Shoots