While his new film, The Infiltrator, is set to hit theatres this month, Bryan Cranston has been talking a lot about next year’s Power Rangers reboot over the past few weeks, which he’ll be playing the role of Zordon in, a character most fans will remember as being a floating head in a glass cylinder from the original series. According to Cranston though, next year’s reboot is going to be very different from the original series.
During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Cranston said that the new film will have a relationship to the original series, similar to that of the Batman series and the Batman films, advising fans not to try and compare the two versions of the property.
“At first I was, to be honest with you, I was reticent to looking at the role because I remember the television series was kind of farcical and silly and ‘pow’ and ‘zow’ — weird movements and things like that. I was like, ‘Oh, OK.’
I wasn’t really high on it until I talked to the producer and read the script and talked to the director. After that I went, ‘This is different. This is as different a reimagining as the ‘Batman’ television series as it became the ‘Batman’ movie series. You can’t compare those two, and nor can you compare this movie version of the ‘Power Rangers’ to that television series. It’s unrecognizable for the most part. There are tenets of the folklore that you hold onto for sure, but the inspiration is different, and the sensibility of it, and the approach to the film making is completely different.”
When pressed about which Batman movie in specific he was referring to as well, Cranston did confirm he was talking about The Dark Knight, though he was careful to call it a dark, gritty reboot in the way the Christopher Nolan film was:
“Yeah, I don’t know if the tone is as dark as that because you’re dealing with teenagers. So the appropriateness of that, and real teenage life, and going through high school and the cliques and the popularity or lack thereof, and the bullies and all the different sections and sub-sections of high school life, and the insecurities of these kids and things like that — hopes and dreams — and you embrace all of that into a retelling of the ‘Power Rangers.’ And what you would get is this new version, this new reimagined version.”
The change in tone between the original series and the new film has been something everyone involved in it has talked about over the past year or so even, and was fairly evident from the movie’s official costumes and even the teaser poster we received a few weeks ago.
However, it seems like the movie is still going to try and keep the fun and charm of the original series as well, though whether or not it’s able to balance the charm with its modern, alien look and tone will be interesting to see. As of right now though, at the very least, the Power Rangers reboot has more going for it than I ever would have it would, which should probably be considered an achievement by itself.
Power Rangers is set to hit theatres on March 24th, 2017.
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