Warning: this article contains spoilers for Power Rangers.
Tommy Oliver himself, Jason David Frank, has offered his thoughts on the possibility of a female Green Ranger in a potential sequel to Lionsgate’s Power Rangers reboot.
Frank made his acting debut back in 1993 on the hit Fox Kids series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as both the original Green and White Ranger and has appeared as the character in a total of 232 episodes of the series as well as both Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.
The latest incarnation of the Rangers, produced by both Lionsgate and Haim Saban features Elizabeth Banks as the evil galactic invader Rita Repulsa but in this new version, Repulsa is the former Green Ranger gone rogue.
Not only does Power Rangers give us our first female Green Ranger but it teases the arrival of Tommy Oliver in the mid-credits scene at the end of the film. The franchise’s new leading man — Dacre Montgomery who plays the Red Ranger, Jason Scott, recently revealed that he, as well as the rest of the new cast, are hoping a sequel would feature a female harnessing the power of the dragon coin and fighting alongside the teenagers with attitude as the new Green Ranger.
In a recent chat with Heat Vision, Frank weighed in and gave his thoughts on a possible female Green Ranger in a sequel:
“I’m still Tommy for now! The Green Ranger is going to fill my shoes. But I still have my own shoes I’m wearing.”
Frank also explained that it came as no great surprise to him that the possibility of a female Green Ranger sparked a controversial debate on social media:
“The Green Ranger kicks butt. The Green Ranger has always been the most popular.”
The actor and martial arts expert said that ultimately, the decision is up to Saban and the director Dean Israelite. But he also added that regardless of your gender or race, the moment you put on the costume you become a superhero:
“No matter what Haim Saban does, people are going to love it. He would not allow something that fans will not like. After watching the movie, anything is possible. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is. It doesn’t matter if you’re female or you’re male… No matter what, when you’re in that spandex, and in that suit you are a superhero.”
The film stars Dacre Montgomery as Jason Lee Scott (Red Ranger), RJ Cyler as Billy Cranston (Blue Ranger), Naomi Scott as Kimberly Hart (Pink Ranger), Becky G as Trini Kwan (Yellow Ranger), Ludi Lin as Zack Taylor (Black Ranger), Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, Bill Hader as Alpha 5, and Bryan Cranston as Zordon. Here’s the official synopsis:
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.
Power Rangers is now playing. You can read our review of the film here.