With the release of Lions Gate’s long awaited ‘Power Rangers’ now less than two weeks away, we can expect a ton of new information about the film to come our way in short order. And it seems that deluge has already begun, as Bleeding Cool is reporting what they’ve been hearing from an unspecified. This includes a good deal of detailed information on what fans can expect from the film, with particular attention paid to confirming or denying several prominent rumors.
With all that in mind, it should go without saying that this article is loaded with SPOILERS. While Bleeding Cool has not identified their source, we are close enough to release that it may well be an individual who was privy to a preview screening. If you want to go into ‘Power Rangers’ fresh, you should probably stop reading now. Those of you who are interested in learning more can join us after the jump.
Let’s start off small, shall we?
As expected, the film includes its share of callbacks to the original TV series. In addition to iconic lines like “Make my monster grow!” and “It’s morphin’ time!” we also get brief cameos from original Pink and Green Rangers Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank.
Moving on to larger reveals, many of these are related to long-standing rumors regarding the film. For example…
One rumor that began to circulate following the reveal of the redesigned Power Coins last year was that the film’s version of Rita Repulsa had at one point been a Power Ranger herself, specifically the Green Ranger. We can now confirm this, as Bleeding Cool has reported that the film opens with a flashback, revealing Rita as a Green Ranger who betrays an ancient version of the team, one lead by none other than Zordon himself. Yes, Zordon technically leads the present day Power Rangers as well, but in the flashback he does so in a more hands on way, serving as the Red Ranger.
Another persistent rumor was that ‘Power Rangers’ would follow in the footsteps of ‘Star Trek Beyond’ and reveal the movie’s version of Billy to be gay (as a sort of tribute to original Blue Ranger David Yost). That, apparently, is not the case (or at the very least Billy’s sexuality is simply not addressed this time around). But there is another Ranger to fly the rainbow flag, as this continuity’s version of Yellow Ranger Trini is out, loud, and proud.
There is also a pair of shockers that even Bleeding Cool opted against completely spoiling. The first is that Zordon has an ulterior motive, and apparently one that renders him rather less benevolent than longtime fans have come to expect. The second is that a Power Ranger dies. But who is it and will they stay dead? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Finally, ‘Power Rangers’, like the Marvel films, has a tag scene that plays during the end credits. In it, we see the filmmakers begin to set up a sequel, one that includes a fan-favorite character who was conspicuously absent from this film: Tommy Oliver.
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Helmed by ‘Project Almanac’ director Dean Israelite, ‘Power Rangers’ stars Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Dacre Mongomery, Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader, and Bryan Cranston in a re-imagining of the iconic 1990s TV series. The film is set to arrive in theaters on March 24, 2017.