With the “Power Rangers” reboot set to debut in a matter of days, lifelong fans are not only going to get a dose of the new morphin’ fighters, but the newest incarnation of classic baddie Rita Repulsa, as well. It’s been confirmed for some time now that Repulsa and some additional henchmen from the original series would play pivotal roles in the upcoming movie, but one thing that’s still unknown is just how long the space enchantress will stick around the franchise. Well, Elizabeth Banks, who is responsible for bringing Rita to life once again, isn’t dropping any hints for her future in the potential film series.
“I mean, we are just here in this moment right now…Hoping that the fans embrace the movie, hoping people love it, ya know?” Banks told Screen Rant in a recent interview. “I think, I mean I love it, and I had so much fun, I think it’s really fun, I think it speaks to young people, in a great, fresh way, um I love this cast, so I’m, I’m down for whatever, but I…I don’t predict the future, I don’t predict the future.”
Banks keeping quiet about sequel plans is probably the smartest route — even with the flurry of promotion and moviegoers’ apparent consistent appetite for reboots, the success of Saban’s revived property is yet to be seen. If “Power Rangers” falls flat, Banks won’t have much to consider about reprising her character. If, however, the movie is a hit, things could go differently. Repulsa is arguably the most recognizable villain in the show’s history, so it would be pretty surprising to have her disappear entirely from future Ranger adventures. That being said, Lord Zed is potentially in the cards — and how could we forget the original film villain himself, Ivan Ooze?!
Opening this Friday, “Power Rangers” also stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, R.J. Cyler, Becky G, Bill Hader and Bryan Cranston.