‘Power Rangers’ Image Reveals First Look at Elizabeth Banks’ Rita Repulsa

By April 19, 2016

She’s back, and she’s ready to conquer Earth.

Following one of the strangest, and yet slightly exciting casting announcements in quite a while, our first look at Elizabeth Banks as the villainous Rita Repulsa in next year’s live-action Power Rangers reboot has been unveiled. Those of you out there that are die hard fans of the franchise and property might want to prepare yourselves as well, cause she looks a lot different than the previous incarnations of the character.

Swapping out the usual dark look with that memorable, big spiked hairdo for a green, slithery and spiky costume this time around, the newest version of the character seems much more reptilian and dangerous than the original version of Repulsa.

Check out the image below (via EW):

rita repulsa

While speaking with People, Banks commented on the character’s new look in the reboot, and how it differs from the other versions:

“It’s definitely a modern and edgy re-imagining of the original Rita Repulsa. We wanted to give her a backstory that connects her to the new Rangers.”

And what is it that Banks is looking most forward to while playing the character?

“Obviously, first, world domination. I’ve never played a villain before, let alone an alien warrior.”

I don’t really have a huge opinion on this honestly, I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either – which has sort of been my attitude towards this reboot from the beginning anyways. The look seems more fitting of a Maleficent sequel than say a Power Rangers film, but at the same time, I also don’t have any idea of what they could have done differently. I only worry about how they might be planning on updating the Rangers’ costumes themselves now. Especially if it’s going to be as a radical of a change as this one.

Banks has proven that she can be over the top and pull it off well onscreen through her work as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games, where she was consistently a highlight in each of the films, even when some of they underused the character to an unbelievable degree at times. I imagine she’s going to have a lot of fun playing this scene-chewing character in the film though, so I just hope the rest of the movie doesn’t take itself as seriously as this costume hints that it could.

Power Rangers is set to hit theatres on March 24th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable