Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
A Power Rangers movie was always going to be a hard nut to crack on the creative side and a tough sell for a general audience. How do you even begin to update something as silly as this without spiraling into a realm of overly self-parody (which was the entire point of Joseph Kahn’s Power/Rangers short from last year)? How do you convince audiences that you’ve truly done something exciting with material that looked cartoonish and cheap in 1993? While nostalgia played a huge role in turning the Transformers movies into box office juggernauts, I wonder if that will be enough for director Dean Israelite‘s new take on five teenagers (with attitude!) gaining super-powers and defending the planet from an alien menace.
In any case, everything that is familiar about Power Rangers have received a radical redesign for the new movie, from the Ranger armor to the villainous Rita Repula to the hulking Megazord. And now, we have our first look at the redesigned robotic sidekick Alpha 5.
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Way back in the spring of this year, we got our first look at Elizabeth Banks as the villain Rita Repulsa in the latest big screen adaptation of Power Rangers. She looks drastically different than she did in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, looking less like a medieval witch and more like an alien vixen from the Species franchise.
Now some new photos of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa provides another glimpse at the character, this time showing us one trait that took influence from her look in the 1990s TV series. In addition, Rita Repulsa took over the official Power Rangers Twitter yesterday during Cyber Monday to make some truly weird product endorsements.
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It remains to be seen if the nostalgia will bring the now grown up children of the 1990s and early 2000s into theaters to see the new Power Rangers movie coming next spring, or if Lionsgate is banking on the younger, newer fans of the various television incarnations to drag their parents to theaters. Either way, this movie is coming, and it’s offering a whole new spin on the long-running property. Now we get a sneak peek at one of the signature pieces of Power Rangers.
Thanks to the official Power Rangers Twitter account, we get a glimpse of the new Megazord that will be controlled by our five teenage superheroes, and formed by their individual Zords that we already caught a glimpse of in some character posters.
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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.
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Today brought the first look at the latest attempt to bring Power Rangers to the big screen straight from New York Comic-Con, and this was even more of a tease than we were expecting. While the first teaser trailer gives us the origins of the teenage defenders of Angel Grove, who all feel like they have personalities lifted straight from The Breakfast Club, it features exactly zero footage of the titular heroes suited up in action.
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This weekend, attendees at New York Comic-Con will be treated to the first footage from Power Rangers, the latest effort to bring the long-running sci-fi action TV series to the big screen. We’re hoping that the first teaser trailer for the movie will also be unveiled online this weekend, just like the first trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2, but we’ll see what happens.
In the meantime, five new Power Rangers posters have debuted from NYCC. Each of them show off one of the five titular warriors tasked with protecting Earth from Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) and any giant monsters she may summon to Angel Grove, even if starting world domination somewhere else would prove to be more beneficial. Anyway, check out the new Power Rangers posters after the jump. Read More »
Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader has joined the cast of Lionsgate’s Power Rangers movie. Hader will be voicing the Rangers’ lovable robot Alpha 5. Learn more details about the Bill Hader Power Rangers casting, after the jump.
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Whether you like it or not, the release of the new Power Rangers movie is getting closer. We’re still waiting to get a teaser trailer for the adaptation of the imported live-action series that made waves in the 1990s and has seen over 20 different iterations since then, and now we have word that the first footage from the movie will debut at New York Comic-Con on Saturday, October 8th.
To ramp up the excitement leading up to the footage debut, a new batch of Power Rangers teaser posters have arrived, giving us a glimpse of each of the Zords, the colossal assault vehicles that can be called upon and piloted by each of the warriors. Check them out below. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Director Denis Villeneuve talks about making Blade Runner 2 his own.
- Colin Firth teases his return in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
- A Jurassic World exhibition is coming to the United States.
- How you can watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them under the best possible circumstances.
- Watch a new TV spot for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
- The new Power Rangers won’t feature any members of the original cast.
- The story of how Tron Legacy recruited Daft Punk.
- No, Ghostbusters‘ title has not changed.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I’ve gone on the record before about my personal history with Power Rangers: I was young enough when its earliest incarnation arrived in that I watched and enjoyed it for a brief period of time. I bear no love for it now, but I also bear it no ill will and have found the majority of the fans I have encountered online to be friendly, reasonable, and frequently self-aware in their love for this incredibly goofy series. It’s easy to be snarky about director Dean Israelite‘s new Power Rangers movie that is set to open next year, but this is a case where I’m trying to keep by chin up and my mind open despite certain fibers of being demanding to release the sarcasm engine.
I open with this because a new Power Rangers photo has has arrived in the pre-Comic-Con wave of news and the best I can muster is a simple oof. These costumes may look amazing on film. In motion, they make be exactly what Power Rangers fans are looking for. But as an agnostic observer (who didn’t hate the initial reveal) looking in from the outside…oof.
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