’90s kids had a lot of expectations going into Power Rangers, the big-budget movie reboot of the weird and kitschy American sentai show. We wanted to live their ass-kicking superhero lives (I predictably was a Pink Ranger wannabe), and the anticipation was high for it the movie to measure up to the beloved childhood series.
But for the actors who actually lived the Ranger Life, expectations were even higher. And they weren’t exactly met.
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Power Rangers debuted in theaters this past weekend, and while it wasn’t able to topple the box office giant that is Beauty and the Beast, it still ended up with a solid estimated debut of $40.5 million in second place. There’s a good chance that this will put the movie in a prime position to warrant a sequel, which is good news for Lionsgate because Power Rangers producer Haim Saban says there’s a six-movie arc planned as long as the audience is interested.
The first of those sequels was teased in a Power Rangers credits scene that teases what’s next for the franchise, and it’s something that fans of the original TV series will be very excited to see on the big screen. But if you haven’t seen Power Rangers yet, stop reading now, because we’re going to dive into spoiler territory in our discussion of the Power Rangers credits scene. Read More »
This weekend brings a new big screen version of the Power Rangers to theaters, and the early reviews seem to be mixed. You’ll have to find out yourself if Lionsgate can take the multi-colored teenage superheroes and make them even more popular. But in the meantime, we can take a look at the first theatrical outing for the imported Japanese television show that turned into an American phenomenon.
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Honest Trailer gives some good kicks to the Bulk and Skull by making fun of the lame, formulaic, cheap and downright awful film adaptation of the FOX television series that features kicks to the junk, attempted parental mass suicide, a purple version of Freddy Krueger who wants you to touch his ooze, and a story that ended up being ignored by the TV series. Gross. Read More »
All the hype this week will belong to Beauty and the Beast, which is on track to be a box office giant. But after that, it will be time for the Power Rangers to show what they’re made of for their first big screen adventure in 20 years.
Leading up to the release of Power Rangers, there will be a massive 10-day marathon of every single episode of every iteration of Power Rangers ever released. That’s 831 episodes spanning 23 seasons, a lot of cheesy monster costumes, explosions and colorful suits. Find out when and where you can catch the Power Rangers marathon after the jump. Read More »
There’s a new big screen take on Power Rangers coming to shelves next month that looks like it’s in the same vein of the Transformers film franchise. The movie shouldn’t have any problem luring in kids to check out the latest iteration of the superheroes who originated on television back in the 1990s, but it remains to be seen how many adults will be lured in by their nostalgia.
For those children of the ’90s who find themselves disinterested in the new Power Rangers, there might be hope for something drastically different on the way. You might remember that almost exactly two years ago, producer Adi Shankar (executive producer of Dredd and Lone Survivor) released an R-rated Power Rangers short film directed by Joseph Kahn that offered a dark, gritty take on the TV characters. Now Shankar wants to dig deeper with an animated Power Rangers series that has the same mature style.
Find out about the R-rated Power Rangers animated series after the jump. Read More »
Last week, we finally got a proper look at the new Power Rangers movie coming to theaters in a couple months in the form of a full trailer. New footage included all of the teenagers with attitude in action, in their power suits, and in their Zords. It certainly has a new tone and style for the property that became popular back in the 1990s, feeling right in line with something like the Transformers franchise.
It remains to be seen whether adults who were once fans of the show will seek out this movie for the sake of nostalgia, or if they’ll only be going because their kids are dragging them to it. In the meantime, those who grew up loving the first iteration of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will be pleased to see a nicely done mash-up that takes footage from both of the Power Rangers trailers, and brings it together in the style of the opening credits of the original show.
Watch the Power Rangers opening credits mash-up after the jump. Read More »
The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
In this edition of The Toy Box, there’s quite a bit of new stuff coming to San Diego Comic-Con. The good news is that some of those items will be available for sale after the convention after first being sold at Comic-Con. There’s plenty of new Star Wars figures, a couple new Ghostbusters items, goodies for fans of Transformers, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Warcraft, Breaking Bad and much more.
See everything in this edition of The Toy Box after the jump. Read More »
Whether you like it or not, there’s a new Power Rangers movie coming from Lionsgate, with the studio hoping to ignite a successful new franchise as The Hunger Games comes to an end this fall. We’d heard that the new movie would somehow keep the mythology of the original Power Rangers series intact, and now we have details on just how that will happen.
The beginning of the movie has been uncovered, with details including a reveal of the original Power Rangers, how we meet the new team, and what our new heroes have to do in order to save the planet. But if you choose to keep reading, beware of spoilers for the plot of the movie. Find out more about the new Power Rangers movie plot after the jump! Read More »
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Back in April we learned that Project Almanac director Dean Israelite was being brought on board Lionsgate’s big screen reboot of Power Rangers, based on the long-running action adventure series that has seen countless iterations over the years. Then more recently, the film was pushed back from a 2016 release to an eyebrow-raising January 2017 debut. But Lionsgate assured us it wasn’t anything to worry about.
Now Israelite has spoken a little bit about what to expect in an interview where he refers to the script for a Power Rangers movie as “mature but playful.” Hear more about the Power Rangers script after the jump! Read More »
UPDATE: The copyright debate over Power/Rangers has been settled and the film is back on YouTube and Vimeo. Click there to see both. Original story follows with the update after.
One of the biggest movie stories this week was the release of Power/Rangers, a professionally made, R-rated fan film based on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Directed by Joseph Kahn (Torque) and produced by Adi Shankar (Dredd), the Power Rangers short film put a dark, kinetic spin on the ’90s cartoon. Fans seemed to enjoy it but two groups who didn’t like the short were Saban Brands, the company who owns the Rangers, and members of the original cast.
Below, read about the copyright claim, the reactions of the original Rangers and find out how you can watch the Power Rangers short film now. Read More »