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    Power Rangers (2017)

    According to the A.V.Club . . .
    the gritty, modern reboot that it so desperately deserves … has already been slotted into a July 22, 2016 release date.

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    Black Power ranger is a Chinese star

    ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Casts its Black Ranger



    'Power Rangers' Movie Casts its Black
    October 22, 2015 | 11:11AM PT
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    Lionsgate has tapped “Monster Hunt” actor Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger for its upcoming “Power Rangers” movie.

    The studio made the announcement Thursday on Twitter and Instagram.

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    Meet @Ludi_Lin who is morphing into the Black Ranger in the #PowerRangers Movie! More scoop: http://bit.ly/1OYuNIx


    He’s the third actor cast for the movie, following Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger and Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger.

    Lind plays a magician in “Monster Hunt,” which has become a box office smash in China.

    Dean Israelite is directing the movie from a script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. Haim Saban, Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur are producing.

    The story reimagines the origins of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high school kids given extraterrestrial powers who unite to save the world.

    The 1993 Fox Kids TV series became a pop culture phenomenon and inspired a big-screen adaptation, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie,” in 1995.

    Lionsgate and Saban Brands announced plans last year to develop and produce a live-action movie based on Saban’s Power Rangers property as the first film in a franchise.

    “Power Rangers” hits theaters on Jan. 13, 2017.
    I just acquired a copy of Monster Hunt and hope to watch it this weekend.
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    Split thread

    I pulled the two posts above from our Mighty-Morphin-Power-Ranger-news thread because this project just got more interesting.

    Elizabeth Banks to Star as the Power Rangers Villain!
    POWER RANGERS ELIZABETH BANKS MOVIE NEWS
    BY SPENCER PERRY ON FEBRUARY 2, 2016



    Elizabeth Banks cast as Power Rangers villain Rita Repulsa

    Lionsgate has officially announced that actress Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect) has signed on to play the villain in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot. Banks will play the iconic Power Rangers villain Rita Repulsa, an evil witch previously imprisoned for thousands of years with plans to conquer Earth.

    Dacre Montgomery will lead the team as Jason aka the Red Ranger with RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and The Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (The Martian, “Terra Nova”) as Kimberly aka the Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zack aka the Black Ranger, and musician Becky G. as Trini aka the Yellow Ranger.

    Screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor) wrote the screenplay for Power Rangers, which is described as a modern reinvention of the long-running franchise. In it, a group of ordinary high school kids find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world. Original creator Haim Saban is acting as producer along with Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur.

    Saban’s “Power Rangers” franchise is the brainchild of Haim Saban, creator and producer of the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” hit series that launched in 1993. Following its introduction, “Power Rangers” quickly became the most-watched children’s television program in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and longest running boys live-action series in television history. The series follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who “morph” into superheroes and save the world from evil. It is seen in more than 150 markets around the world, translated into numerous languages and is a mainstay in the most prominent international children’s programming blocks.

    20th Century Fox previously released two feature films, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie in 1995 and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie in 1997.

    Set to be directed by Project Almanac‘s Dean Israelite, Power Rangers will debut in theaters on March 24, 2017.
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    Super Sentai

    Production Begins on Saban’s Power Rangers Movie!
    BY SPENCER PERRY ON FEBRUARY 29, 2016



    Production begins on Saban’s Power Rangers movie

    Lionsgate has announced that production has officially begun on Saban’s Power Rangers with production taking place in Vancouver. The film is a production of Lionsgate and Saban Brands .

    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.

    The film stars Dacre Montgomery (A Few Less Men) as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G (Empire) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, and Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games franchise) as Rita Repulsa.

    Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), Saban’s Power Rangers is written by John Gatins (Kong: Skull Island, Real Steel), Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold), Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), and Max Landis (Chronicle). Producers are Power Rangers creator Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner franchise).

    Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games franchise; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Brent O’Connor (Warcraft) serve as executive producers. Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron; Now You See Me) is the composer and Kelli Jones (Straight Outta Compton, Sons of Anarchy) is the costume designer. Set decorator is Oscar-nominated Hamish Purdy (The Revenant) and stunt coordinator is Paul Jennings (Game of Thrones, San Andreas , The Dark Knight). Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, District 9) is in charge of suit design and visual effects. Andrew Menzies (Fury, X-Men) is the production designer and Director of Photography is Matt Lloyd (Daredevil, Cop Car).

    Saban’s Power Rangers will debut in theaters on March 24, 2017.
    In the wake of #oscarssowhite, I'm now trippin over the fact that there isn't a single Japanese named above.
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    attitude?

    Yea, we all want a “really modern, edgy, badass, aspirational quality.”

    Power Rangers first look: Get a sneak peek at the new teenagers with attitude
    BY KEVIN P. SULLIVAN • @KPSULL


    (Kimberley French)
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    Posted March 3 2016 — 1:00 PM EST

    It’s most certainly morphin’ time!

    The Saturday morning TV staple Power Rangers (née Mighty Morphin) is coming to theaters in 2017 with a big-screen revival that will introduce a new version of the classic line-up of five alien-blasting teens.

    EW has your first look at pop star Becky G, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, and Dacre Montgomery as Trini, Billy, Kimberly, Zack, and Jason, respectively.

    While the roster might sound familiar, director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) told EW that he wanted this superhero story to reflect the lives of teens today. The new Power Rangers is a coming of age story for these “disenfranchised and disparate” high schoolers, who are not friends when the new story begins.

    The modern setting was also taken into account during the casting process. Though many of the characters have had their races swapped, the cast retains the original’s diversity—while getting rid of the more race-based color assignments. This, according to Israelite, was a conscious choice to maintain what the original meant for fans around the world.

    “From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process,” he said. “We switched all of the races around, but we made sure that the essence of each of those characters are who they were in the original show, and this really will be an origin story of those characters.”

    The Rangers’ suits will also be getting a update as well, thanks to Weta Workshop of Lord of the Rings fame, who fabricated the costumes. Israelite wanted the costume to be immediately recognizable as belonging to the Power Rangers, while give them a “really modern, edgy, badass, aspirational quality.”

    “We’ve really pushed ourselves to make them feel different from any other superhero costume that’s out there,” Israelite said. “One key that’s different to the Power Ranger suits is that they’re not really suits that people get into. They’re suits that morph onto our kids, so they already have this almost metaphysical quality to them.”

    And the Rangers will need those suits if they’re going to stand a chance against Elizabeth Banks’ Rita Repulsa, who from the sounds of it, lives up to her insane legacy.

    “It’s very exciting that we got [Banks], and I think what she loves is the opportunity to really embrace the insanity and deliciousness of Rita Repulsa in terms of how weird and wonderful that character was, and really dive into and consume that character,” Israelite said. “You should always be off-balance when you’re watching her. Is she insane? Is she totally calculated? Does she know what she’s doing? Elizabeth can toe that line really well.”
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    Greetings,

    I prefer the original with ADULTS.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNxDA_UPycE


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    Rita

    First Look at Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in Power Rangers!
    BY SPENCER PERRY ON APRIL 19, 2016

    People has revealed our first official look at Elizabeth Banks as villain Rita Repulsa in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot!

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

    Check out the image in the gallery below and sound off with your thoughts in the comments!

    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.

    The Power Rangers cast includes Dacre Montgomery (A Few Less Men) as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G (Empire) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, and Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games franchise) as Rita Repulsa.

    Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), Power Rangers is written by John Gatins (Kong: Skull Island, Real Steel), Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold), Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), and Max Landis (Chronicle). Producers are Power Rangers creator Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner franchise).

    Now shooting in Vancouver, the new Power Rangers hits the big screen March 24, 2017.


    Banks as Rita is really the only reason I want to see this film.
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    More grist

    The complaint grows: first Ghost, then Dr. Strange, and now Power Rangers.

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    Why Won’t Hollywood Cast Asian Actors?


    DADU SHIN
    By KEITH CHOW
    APRIL 22, 2016
    HERE’S an understatement: It isn’t easy being an Asian-American actor in Hollywood. Despite some progress made on the small screen — thanks, “Fresh Off the Boat”! — a majority of roles that are offered to Asian-Americans are limited to stereotypes that wouldn’t look out of place in an ’80s John Hughes comedy.

    This problem is even worse when roles that originated as Asian characters end up going to white actors. Unfortunately, these casting decisions are not a relic of Hollywood’s past, like Mickey Rooney’s portrayal of I. Y. Yunioshi in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” but continue right up to the present.

    Last week Disney and Marvel Studios released the trailer for “Doctor Strange,” an adaptation of the Marvel comic. After exhausting every “white man finds enlightenment in the Orient” trope in less than two minutes, the trailer presents Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, a Tibetan male mystic in the comics. Though her casting was no secret, there was something unsettling about the sight of Ms. Swinton’s clean-shaven head and “mystical” Asian garments. It recalled jarring memories of David Carradine from “Kung Fu,” the 1970s television series that, coincidentally, was itself a whitewashed version of a Bruce Lee concept.

    A few days later, DreamWorks and Paramount provided a glimpse of Scarlett Johansson as the cyborg Motoko Kusanagi in their adaptation of the Japanese anime classic “Ghost in the Shell.” The image coincided with reports that producers considered using digital tools to make Ms. Johansson look more Asian — basically, yellowface for the digital age.

    This one-two punch of white actors playing Asian characters showed how invisible Asian-Americans continue to be in Hollywood. (Not to be left out of the whitewashing news, Lionsgate also revealed the first images of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, another originally Asian character, in its gritty “Power Rangers” reboot.)


    Slide Show | Whitewashing, a Long History White actors playing Asian characters demonstrate how invisible Asian-Americans continue to be in Hollywood.

    Why is the erasure of Asians still an acceptable practice in Hollywood? It’s not that people don’t notice: Just last year, Emma Stone played a Chinese-Hawaiian character named Allison Ng in Cameron Crowe’s critically derided “Aloha.” While that film incited similar outrage (and tepid box office interest), no national conversation about racist casting policies took place.

    Obviously, Asian-Americans are not the only victims of Hollywood’s continuing penchant for whitewashing. Films like “Pan” and “The Lone Ranger” featured white actors playing Native Americans, while “Gods of Egypt” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings” continue the long tradition of Caucasians playing Egyptians.

    In all these cases, the filmmakers fall back on the same tired arguments. Often, they insist that movies with minorities in lead roles are gambles. When doing press for “Exodus,” the director Ridley Scott said: “I can’t mount a film of this budget" and announce that “my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such.”

    When the screenwriter Max Landis took to YouTube to explain the “Ghost in the Shell” casting, he used a similar argument. “There are no A-list female Asian celebrities right now on an international level,” he said, admonishing viewers for “not understanding how the industry works.”

    Mr. Landis’s argument closely tracks a statement by the screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. In a leaked email exchange with studio heads, he complained about the difficulty of adapting “Flash Boys,” Michael Lewis’s book about the Wall Street executive Bradley Katsuyama, because “there aren’t any Asian movie stars.”

    Hollywood seems untroubled by these arguments. It’s not about race, they say; the only color they see is green: The reason Asian-American actors are not cast to front these films is because not any of them have a box office track record.

    But they’re wrong. If minorities are box office risks, what accounts for the success of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, which presented a broadly diverse team, behind and in front of the camera? Over seven movies it has grossed nearly $4 billion worldwide. In fact, a recent study by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that films with diverse leads not only resulted in higher box office numbers but also higher returns of investment for studios and producers.

    And Hollywood’s argument is circular: If Asian-Americans — and other minority actors more broadly — are not even allowed to be in a movie, how can they build the necessary box office clout in the first place? To make matters worse, instead of trying to use their lofty positions in the industry to push for change, Hollywood players like Mr. Landis and Mr. Sorkin take the easy, cynical path.
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    New suits

    Kinda Iron Man, don't you think?

    Power Rangers exclusive: Here's your first look at the gang's new suits
    The alien-fighting friends leave the '90s behind in their updated looks
    BY SHIRLEY LI • @SHIRKLESXP


    (Tim Palen)
    Power Rangers

    Posted May 5 2016 — 10:00 AM EDT

    Later, Lycra!

    When the Power Rangers revival morphs into theaters, the five teenagers with attitude won’t be wearing the original series’ campy costumes to battle Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). Instead, the new cast — singer 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 — will don translucent extraterrestrial armor that crystallizes around their bodies.

    The sartorial update may look radical, but the outfits are visual throwbacks to the franchise’s long-running mythology. “The show was about kids coming of age, about metamorphosis,” director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) says. “These suits needed to feel like they were catalyzed by these kids and their energy, their spirit.”

    For a closer look at the new suits, pick up Entertainment Weekly issue #1414, on newsstands Friday or available here.

    Power Rangers hits theaters March 24, 2017.
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    In the wake of NYCC

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    Banks as Rita

    After 10,000 Years, She’s Free! New Rita Repulsa Photo from Power Rangers
    POWER RANGERS ELIZABETH BANKS MOVIE NEWS
    BY SPENCER PERRY ON NOVEMBER 28, 2016



    New Rita Repulsa photo from Power Rangers

    Lionsgate has released a new photo from the upcoming Power Rangers movie featuring Elizabeth Banks as the film’s villain, Rite Repulsa! Check out the new Rita Repulsa photo in the gallery below.

    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.

    The Power Rangers cast includes Dacre Montgomery (A Few Less Men) as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G (Empire) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, and Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games franchise) as Rita Repulsa. In addition Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad,” Godzilla) has been announced to play Zordon with Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live) voicing Alpha 5.

    Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), Power Rangers is written by John Gatins (Kong: Skull Island, Real Steel), Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold), Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), and Max Landis (Chronicle). Producers are Power Rangers creator Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner franchise).

    Power Rangers will be released in theaters on March 24, 2017.


    Banks as Rita sells this reboot for me more than any other factor.
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    Power Rangers (2017 Movie) Official Trailer – It’s Morphin Time!

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    『パワーレンジャー』予告編1



    I wonder how this plays in Japan. Gotta be weird.

    Then again, Japan is pretty weird when it comes to this sort of stuff.
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    Together we are more





    TOGETHER WE ARE MORE
    The world is better and brighter with color. Help us light up the world by tweeting your favorite hashtag for an exclusive Ranger Twitter emoji! For every hashtag, we'll donate to The Thirst Project to help end the global water crisis.* Watch the map - Every lightning bolt is a new tweet!

    TAP AN EMOJI TO TWEET NOW
    It's always nice when there's a charitable aspect to a promotion. More films are doing this nowadays.
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    boob armor

    This makes me want to see this film now.
    'Power Rangers' Costume Maker Defends Controversial Armor



    Kelli Jones, the costume maker of 'Power Rangers,' says there's a reason for the boob armor.
    By Eric Francisco on August 4, 2017

    Earlier this year, Saban’s Power Rangers from director Dean Israelite hit theaters with a new generation of heroes. But in a break from the classic 1993 series, the movie ditched the spandex in favor of shiny armor designed by New Zealand studio Weta Workshop. Costume designer Kelli Jones, whose credits include Sons of Anarchy and Straight Outta Compton, was then tasked with actually making functional costumes for five teens fighting against Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). It took three months to make sure the Power Rangers’ costumes were in fighting shape.
    Costuming superheroes after outfitting rappers and bikers was a learning curve for Jones, who had never before dressed superheroes. “Making suits that are scanned onto bodies, that was challenging,” Jones told Inverse in a phone interview. ”That was something I needed to get my feet wet on, because the superhero world is where it’s at. Everything I learned will come in handy on everything I’m doing in the future.” Now she’s working on Fox’s new X-Men series, The Gifted, so the Power Rangers experience really has been huge.
    The movie had to explain how exactly the kids got into those costumes when it was morphin’ time — there was no phone booth like in classic Superman stories. “It comes out of their skin,” Jones explained. “It looks multi-dimensional and translucent. Weta, they’re magicians. They had never done anything like that before. It was a lot of R&D from every single angle. They were stressed as anyone making those suits.”
    That the suits come from within and are shaped to fit the Rangers’ bodies explains why the two female heroes had the divisive breast armor. In many fandoms, shaped breast armor is a trope that has been spoofed because of how impractical they are. But Jones defends their use on the Rangers.
    “First of all, the original Rangers had skirts on,” Jones says, referring to the original TV costumes. “People were up in arms about it, like, ‘Oh my god, these girls have boobs.’ The fact is these girls do have boobs, so to make them androgynous, what’s the point when the original Rangers had skirts? I think the alternative would have looked off. To fit those girls, they would have to be flat and so far off their bodies that it wouldn’t have looked right.”
    Jones admits that the breast armor “maybe looked more pronounced” in promotional images than in the movie, “but no one saw an issue with it” on set.


    The Power Rangers, all suited up.

    Jones didn’t create the initial concepts of the new Power Rangers, but the actual making of the costumes, and ensuring they were stunt-friendly, fell on her shoulders. “I was thrown into the build process,” Jones says. “Weta sent us samples of rocks and materials, and then we [Dean Israelite and I] would go through materials for the exact mold. Shapes changed, more tweaking, changing the helmets — we didn’t really get them on the actors until about a week before they shot.”
    In all, 250 versions of the Power Rangers costumes were made, with each suit consisting of about 30 pieces. Tweaks were made to ensure that the stuntmen, as well as the actors, could move with ease. They achieved their goal — for the most part. Every change came with some kind of price. “Once we tweaked it to get it functional, we lost how cool it was,” says Jones. “It was a tug of war. It was back and forth and back and forth until you finally go, ‘This is right.’”
    While the old TV costumes were functional, they were also low-grade in a charming way (like Adam West’s Batman costume in a more flattering trim). The new costumes had a big idea behind them: In Israelite’s vision, the Morphing Grid — the alien energy that connects the teens to their powers — flows through and within their costumes. The new diamond chest piece is a “window” into their energy, and the suits exist as an extension of their own bodies. Hence the organic, liquid texture to all that metal.


    Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in 'Power Rangers'

    One of the stars, Becky G (“Trini,” the Yellow Ranger) told Inverse that wearing those suits was a mixed bag. “I know everyone always makes this grand answer, like, ‘It was amazing,’ and trust me it was, but it was so uncomfortable,” she says. “These suits are made to look good on camera, so you had to stand a specific way. But when you see what it looks like on camera, and when we saw it in the mirror for the first time, it was a surreal moment, like, ‘Wow, I’m a superhero now.’”
    In addition to the five Power Rangers, Jones also helped outfit Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks), a former Green Ranger gone bad who terrorizes Angel Grove. But Jones didn’t know her background at first. “She was originally [dressed in] black. We were gonna leave her charred and [Dean] was like, ‘Actually, she’s the Green Ranger,’ so it evolved from there. We wanted her to look evil and menacing, crazy, and original.”
    There was also no effort made in trying to hide the “twist” of Rita’s Power Ranger past. “Even Elizabeth tweeted something to play around. I think if they wanted to hide it they would have photoshopped the color.”
    In making big movies that bank on nostalgic properties, it’s always a challenge whether or not to stay faithful to the source material or try something new. While Jones says that she ensured “the legacy stood up for people who have high nostalgia,” she wasn’t afraid to make things different. “Everybody’s tastes change. People shy from something new. As soon as they get used to it, it becomes familiar again. That’s what happened with the Rangers. I don’t like change either, so I get that.”



    Saban’s Power Rangers is available now on Blu-ray and Digital HD.
    Photos via Lionsgate
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