It’s been known for a while that Lionsgate has been working on a reboot of Power Rangers. Personally my expectations are extremely low, but when the news of Elizabeth Banks being cast as the villain broke, I garnered some hope for the project. Well, our first look at her “Rita Repulsa” just came out today courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and well…maybe you should just take a look for yourselves:
Anyone else getting Poison Ivy vibe? Just me? It’s certainly a far cry from her original look from the TV series, seen here:
I mean, they are both pretty ridiculous looking. I liked Power Rangers as a little kid but I don’t hold it in some high esteem. Honestly I think this reboot will be pretty bad, but the campy-ness of Elizabeth Banks as the villain looks like it could make for some “so bad it’s good” material. Power Rangers lends itself well to that aesthetic anyway.
I’m not on board with the project, and this image did nothing to sway me. I’ll still see it, hopefully I’ll get a few laughs out of it. Slightly related, here’s Oscar Isaac as the famous Power Rangers villain Ivan Ooze:
Power Rangers opens March 24, 2017. Here’s the official synopsis:
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late
UPDATE: As long time Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fan, Movie Cafe contributor Jacob Vasquez’s disgust with the character’s aesthetic can, and he quotes “not be put into words that currently exist, because of how literally f**king awful it is”. He is choosing to refrain from writing a contributing article, for fear that the choice of language he deems necessary to describe this “atrocity” might ruin the reputation and generally neutral moral-standing of the site.
So there’s that.