With a strong box office opening and solid reviews from fans and critics alike, the announcement that a six-movie arc is already in the works was not particularly surprising. What has proven surprising for some fans, and more than a little controversial, is the apparent desire for a female Green Ranger in the upcoming sequels.
Now Jason David Frank, aka the original Green Ranger, has offered his thoughts on the idea of a gender-swapped casting. “No matter what Haim Saban does, people are going to love it,” Frank told The Hollywood Reporter. “He would not allow something that fans will not like. After watching the movie, anything is possible. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is. It doesn’t matter if you’re female or your male. No matter what, when you’re in that spandex and in that suit you are a superhero.”
The bottom line is, the original Green Ranger is on board with the idea of a female actor picking up his helmet and stepping into the Dragonzord. “Power Rangers” has long featured an impressively diverse cast, and gender swapping characters for franchise reboots is not exactly unheard of in pop culture. Marvel Comics, for instance, has been leading the charge of late with Jane Foster taking on the mantle of Thor, and X-23 stepping into Wolverine’s shoes, both of which have found success in building new audiences.
“Power Rangers”, in theaters now, stars Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, R.J. Cyler as the Blue Ranger, Becky G as the Yellow Ranger, Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa.