It’s no secret that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers directly took almost all of its action sequences from Super Sentai, a Japanese action show in the same vein as Power Rangers. However, it appears that some of the footage from the original show was cut, thanks to it being too violent for American audiences.
During Florida Supercon (via Debra Gallagher), Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson were asked about the original Sentai series and what they thought about it when they first saw it. Frank stated that the cultural divide was apparent almost instantly:
“I think a couple of times they showed it in the office, but the problem with that was it just didn’t, it confused the American version and what we were doing because we had to cut stuff out, so it was confusing as it was because we didn’t know what Power Rangers was, nobody did in the United States, so it was kind of confusing to see different things.”
While Johnson stated that she didn’t see much from the original show, Frank continued to discuss the show, including what didn’t make it into the American version:
“I got a chance to watch some of it. It was a little more violent, which was cool at the time. I was like ‘put that in’ and they were like ‘sorry, we can’t, this is in the United States’, and we were like ‘What! Put that footage in’, but we couldn’t. They cut a lot of the cool.”
Despite the footage cut from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, fans can still see never-before-seen footage from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, which is the 16th installment of the Super Sentai series.
Source: Debra Gallagher (via Youtube)
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Logan and Deadpool have shown studios that R-Rated superhero movies can succeed. Sure, Watchmen and 300 kind of proved that same point in 2009, but now both Marvel and DC have said R-Rated movies are a possibility. Audiences are tired of so many comic book movies featuring similar plots, so opening more projects to the potential of being R-Rated makes it possible that different, mature stories can be told.
Some characters, like Superman and Spider-Man, should never receive the R-Rated treatment. If a character is defined by a sense of hope or optimism instead of a dark, gritty core that grounds all their actions, then a R-Rated movie likely won’t work.
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