The original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” was a straightforward television show that didn’t require a great deal of backstory for young viewers to understand. There were five, sometimes six, teens with attitude who were constantly pitted against an escalating series of big bads. Monsters would appear, and the Rangers would have to summon their mechanical Zord allies to vanquish the threat. But time — and the Rangers themselves — have changed.
In a few short days, Lionsgate will release “Power Rangers,” a film adaptation of the original show updated for modern day. With so many changes incoming, the film’s cast has come together to share ten things the audience should know before the movie releases.
The video includes a brief biographical overview of the Rangers set to appear in the film. Each Ranger is dealing with their own separate struggles that in some way tie back to a sense of isolation. This is in keeping with the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” which valued the powers of friendship, togetherness and teamwork over raw strength.
Perhaps the biggest change to the series is the power suits, which, in the film, are made of energy and coalesce around a given Ranger when they’re summoned. In the 1993 “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” the full transformation is never shown but rather implied by a montage in which the Power Rangers call out to their patron Zords as they hold their Power Coins out in front of them. This is in stark contrast to the film’s transformation as seen in trailers so far, in which the Ranger’s suits creep over them like fog until their bodies are fully covered.
The video also teases a fleshed-out backstory for several characters from the original show that never really got their narrative due. For instance, Elizabeth Banks’ Rita Repulsa has a connection to both the Rangers and Zordon, while Alpha 5 has apparently been dealing with a long bout of isolation until the Rangers show up and finally give him someone to talk to. The video concludes with a few key facts about how Bryan Cranston, who voices Zordon in the film, and director Dean Israelite were both connected to the series well before word of a reboot ever got around.
Debuting in theaters on March 24, “Power Rangers” stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks.