We’ve seen them in toy form, and we caught a glimpse of them in action in the film’s latest trailer, but with the debut of a new poster for Saban and Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers,” we get perhaps the clearest look to date at the Rangers’ ever-popular robotic vehicles: the Zords.
The tone of the film’s last trailer, which featured the Zords in action against a giant-sized Goldar, eventually forming a Megazord in order to take down Rita’s shiniest minion, was less campy than that of the previous television and film incarnations of the colorful heroes. Gone are the delightfully cheesy rubber monster suits, replaced by state of the art computer graphics and big-budget costume builds. The Rangers still live in Angel Grove, but the crew gives of less of a “Saved By The Bell” vibe, hewing closer to the tone established in numerous CW series, or movie adaptations of various Young Adult novels.
Social media savvy, eagle-eyed observers may notice the poster includes a Snapcode in the lower-left corner. Here’s the details on what that unlocks, via Lionsgate: “Snapchat users can scan the new ‘Snapcode’ to unlock a new, immersive 360-degree Power Rangers ‘Lens’ that puts them in the Red Ranger’s iconic costume and allows them to ‘morph’ their visor, with a view of the mighty Zords and their fellow rangers.”
Co-produced by Saban Films and Lionsgate, “Power Rangers” is a reboot of the popular children’s television series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” which aired from 1993 to 1995, with the “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” following in 1996. The original show revolved around the exploits of a group of teenagers gifted with superhuman fighting prowess and enormous mechanical robots called Zords in a never-ending quest to defend the Earth — and their home town of Angel Grove — from a variety of alien threats.
SABAN’S 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 being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.
Directed by Dean Israelite and starring 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 and Becky Gomez as the Yellow Ranger, “Power Rangers” hits theaters on March 24, 2017.
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