Even as Marvel and DC Entertainment seek to diversify their comic book characters, in terms of both ethnicity and sexual orientation, Lionsgate will beat both companies to the punch on the big screen by introducing a gay superhero in “Power Rangers.”
The reboot of the 1990s action-adventure television series is characterized by The Hollywood Reporter as “the first big-budget superhero movie to feature an LGBT protagonist”: Trini, the Yellow Ranger. The revelation apparently arrives in a small but “pivotal” moment in the film’s second act, when one character assumes Trini (played by Becky G) is having “boyfriend” problems, but realizes instead it may be “girlfriend problems.”
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” director Dean Israelite tells the website. “She hasn’t fully figured it out yet. I think what’s great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, ‘That’s OK.’ The movie is saying, ‘That’s OK,’ and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe.”
Opening Friday nationwide, the reboot of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of obliteration by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, they quickly discover they’re 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.
“Power Rangers” 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.