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Scrapped Power Rangers Opening Would’ve Featured Original Rangers

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Scrapped Power Rangers Opening Would’ve Featured Original Rangers

SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the Power Rangers reboot, currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD.

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In the intro for director Dean Israelite’s Power Rangers reboot, Bryan Cranston’s Zordon dies along with the former Yellow Ranger in the wake of a battle with the former Green Ranger, Rita Repulsa, who they manage to kill before their dying breath. Well, it’s now been revealed (via ComicBook) that the director had different plans for the intro at first — to reveal a full roster of original Rangers.

“There was an original drop that I read when I came onto the movie that had a more extensive battle in the beginning of the movie,” Israelite told the site. “And it had, I think, if I remember correctly, some of the other Power Rangers in there.”

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Israelite decided it was best to limit the amount of Rangers in the opening, as to put a greater focus on the new Rangers, since the film was about the passing of the torch to a new generation.

“I always wanted to make it very subjective, very personal and this kind of intimate opening that set your expectations, that you know that you’re going into a superhero movie that’s going to try to do something a little bit different with the genre. It’s trying to be this more sort of personal character-driven story as opposed to a big fantastic opening that I think we’ve come to expect from a lot of movies. And I felt that the salient point, the story point, was really all about Zordon and Rita, and the rest just cluttered that drama.”

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Though the chances of a Power Rangers sequel are slim — considering the film’s poor performance at the domestic and international box office — it is possible that enough merchandise sales could warrant a follow-up.

Currently available on Blu-ray and DVD, director Dean Israelite’s 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.

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