By Travis Martin
After the reveal of Elizabeth Bank‘s Rita Rapulsa last week, Lionsgate has just revealed via Entertainment Weekly the new Power Rangers suits in the reboot “Power Rangers.“ From left to right, we see Trini the Yellow Ranger (Becky G.), Zack the Black Ranger (Ludi Lin), Jason the Red Ranger (Dacre Montgomery), Kimberly the Pink Ranger (Niomi Scott), and Billy the Blue Ranger (RJ Cyler) in full costumes that are less spandex and more armor and alien.
On this drastic change, director Dean Israelite had this to say to EW: “The [original Power Rangers] show was about kids coming of age, about metamorphosis. These suits needed to feel like they were catalyzed by these kids and their energy, their spirit.”
Production designer Andrew Menzies also talked about the new suits for the Power Rangers: “It’s tricky finding a new language for a superhero costume. Ours is an alien costume that grows on them, that’s not man-made. You can’t win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans.”
I am a bit iffy about these new costumes. On one hand, I like the idea that these suits grow and adapt to the Power Rangers, and have an armor form. I thank that when you need to do a rebooted look to a costume, you have to cater to the audience of the time, not the audience that saw the TV series in the 90s. Yet the mouths on the helmets are a bit weird. I know that it’s part of the classic look, but I’m not a hundred percent sure about it. The picture is also shown to look as if the suits are fully CGI, which I would rather not see in a movie costume. Yet I think that this may not be the best picture, as star Becky G. said that “gonna wear it for Halloween for, like, five years” in the Entertainment Weekly article. I think I will have a better opinion when I see the Rangers in action, fully costumed.
Another thing I found was that the suits look to be made from similar material from the costume of Rita Rapulsa (Elizabeth Bank). With the fact that Bank’s costume is sporting mostly green, could it be that Rita might have been a Power Ranger once, and went bad? This theory would also cement the connection that the television version Rita had when she made fan-favorite character Tommy Oliver into the Green Ranger.
“Power Rangers” is set to release March 24, 2017 in theaters.