The Power Rangers’ super suits have seen several iterations since the franchise’s debut back in 1993— from the meager spandex getup of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” to the yellow sashes and horned helms of “Power Rangers Dino Charge.” But in the latest incarnation of the Power Rangers, the Dean Israelite-directed reboot simply titled “Power Rangers,” currently playing in theaters, the film produces a whole new take on the team’s origins and costumes, which blend protective metal with an organic aesthetic.
The Rangers’ new suits went through numerous iterations before Israelite and Lionsgate settled on those seen in the film. Now, concept artist Mauricio Ruiz has posted to his ArtStation account several of his early stabs at recreating the Rangers’ iconic costumes. The result is a series of prototypes that go from emphasizing the alien qualities of the suits — like the long neck and inhumanly bulky arms — to a more refined, humanoid super suit that would be equally at home on a race track or fighting aliens in small-town California.
“This was a couple passes of the Red Ranger Suit,” said Ruiz. “The goal was aiming for an organic motorcycle racing suit type of thickness and weight to the forms.”
Ruiz has served as a concept artist for numerous big name Hollywood projects in recent years, including the forthcoming “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and “The Predator” films.
The costumes aren’t the only things Israelite’s reboot sought to redefine about the hero team comprised of teens with attitude. The film also served as a launching point for a completely take on the Rangers, their nemeses and their backstory. This is a fairly common practice for the “Power Rangers” franchise, which is itself an adaptation of the Japanese children’s television series “Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger,” an action show that falls under the tokusatsu genre.
Aside from the costumes, “Power Rangers” completely rewrites the backstories of the individual rangers from that found in the original series, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” as well as the origins of their sage mentor Zordon and his arch nemesis, Rita Repulsa.
Currently screening in theaters, “Power Rangers” is a production of Lionsgate directed by Dead Israelite and starring Dacre Montgomery as Jason, the red ranger; Naomi Scott as Kimberly, the pink ranger; RJ Cyler as Billy, the blue ranger; Ludi Lin as Zack, the black ranger; Becky G. as Trini, the yellow ranger; Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Bill Hader as Alpha 5.
(via Heroic Hollywood)