It’s (finally) morphin time! Lionsgate has released the first full trailer for its anticipated “Power Rangers” reboot.
Though we’ve caught glimpses of the Rangers, their allies and their foes thanks to the previous teaser trailer, poster reveals and a variety of toy photos, this two-and-a-half minute trailer offers better looks at all of that, and more. In addition to fleshing out the group’s revamped origin story, we see Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) in full-on villainous action, witness the debut of Goldar as the Rangers’ Zords battle the oversized bad guy, hear Bill Hader’s take on the revamped Alpha 5, and catch a glimpse of the Rangers’ Megazord form, all for the first time.
But perhaps most importantly, the trailer provides the first look at Bryan Cranston’s Zordon, as the disembodied head/wall come to life lays out a brief explanation of responsibilities expected of his new, incredulous recruits. “You five… are the Power Rangers,” Cranston intones. “The Power Rangers were a legion of warriors. You must become those warriors.”
The tone of the trailer is, as expected, 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 they’ve got 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.
“Power Rangers” is a reboot of the 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 quest to defend the Earth from alien threats.
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, Becky Gomez as the Yellow Ranger, Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, “Power Rangers” hits theaters on March 24, 2017.
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