Of all of the ridiculous and risky reboots currently in development in Hollywood right now, few seem quite as unbelievable as the new Power Rangers reboot. Following the reveal of Elizabeth Banks’ Rita Repulsa in the film as well, including her updated, green reptilian costume designs, Entertainment Weekly has finally revealed the very first photo of the team of Rangers themselves, in their iconic costumes.
Similar to how Elizabeth Banks’ Rita has a much more alien look about her than she did in the original series as well, the new suits seem much more high-tech and futuristic than the spandex costumes from the previous incarnations. Though, it sounds like that was the point they were going for anyways.
Check out the new image below:
Now, in all fairness, I really don’t think that there was much the studio or creative team could have done with these designs that wouldn’t be controversial or silly in at least some way, though I imagine some fans out there probably would have been more-than-okay with full on spandex callbacks to the original series.
Director Dean Israelite commented on the look on the look of the suits in the film:
“The 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.”
Costume designer, Andrew Menzies, added:
“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.”
The new team includes Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy, and in all honesty, I don’t really mind the suits all that much. The only thing I’m really not a big fan of is the grey spray paint look that’s covering the Rangers’ mouths, but other than that, it all looks kind of okay.
I’ve learned not to make judgements on superhero costumes from magazine photos before (*cough* X-Men *cough*) though, so for right now, I’m gonna reserve all judgements until I actually see the costumes themselves, in action.
Power Rangers will hit theatres on March 24th, 2017.
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