Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
It’s been an interesting few days for Power Rangers fans. First, a wave of new character posters arrived a few days ago, showing off those redesigned costumes in all of their glory and/or tragedy, depending on your perspective. But those were just the prelude for the first trailer, which debuted at NYCC over the weekend. The reactions were…divisive. And now, the first wave of publicity continues with a batch of new photos and an official synopsis.
Look, you probably already know whether or not Power Rangers is your speed. I’ve personally tried to remain agnostic on this whole thing – I enjoyed the first iteration when I was a child but have never dwelled on it since. And yet, Power Rangers fans have generally been a genial bunch in my experience. If they are going to make a Power Rangers movie, I want it to be satisfying to the people who actually take this seriously! God knows I like a lot of really silly stuff.
Anyway, the official Power Rangers movie site has debuted a batch of new photos from the film alongside a new synopsis. The film may not look much like the Power Rangers fans already know, but when broken down into a three-sentence description, it sounds identical to past incarnations:
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 very foe 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.
The new photos include individual shots of the five blandly attractive leads posing like they belong in the front window of an overpriced clothing store at your call. There is also a shot of Elizabeth Banks as the villainous Rita Repulsa, still looking like the villain from Species by way of Batman and Robin. You can check them all out for yourself in the gallery below.
And while we’re here, everyone who rightfully noted that the Power Rangers trailer looks an awful lot like Chronicle can note that Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis agrees with you. He also revealed that he did some work on the script before being let go:
I wrote a silly, fun, goofy retro teen action adventure movie.
They fired me, and five or so writers later, it appears they made Chronicle.
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) October 9, 2016
So there you have it. There’s your Monday Power Rangers news blast. The film itself is set to open on March 24, 2017.