When a beloved franchise is given the reboot treatment, fans have come to expect that character’s close to their hearts will be given considerable and often unpopular redesigns. The upcoming Power Rangers reboot is no exception and while fans have been split in their opinion on the new outfits for the titular team of heroes, the most drastic redesign has arguably been given to classic nemesis Goldar. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Dean Israelite and production designer Andrew Menzies explained the reason behind the new look for Rita Repulsa’s underling.
Menzies explained that director Dean Israelite wanted Goldar to be reminiscent of a kaiju beast.
“Dean and I talked about him being faceless and intimidating and characterless. He’s an extension of Rita that’s unstoppable.”
Taking the character’s name literally, Menzies discussed how giving Goldar the appearance of melting gold results in a terrifying creature.
“I think as humans we always search for character in a face, and if it’s always shifting and changing, it becomes scary. If it moved like chocolate and kept flowing, you could never put your finger on it.”
Dean Israelite also commented on Goldar’s new liquid-like appearance.
“There’s something very beautiful about him. All of the negative space that’s constantly in Goldar’s design feels very eerie, but on the other hand, he’s a kinetic sculpture.”
While this explanation may not please fans of the franchise, especially considering previous Power Rangers shows have not been without their own giant monsters for the heroes to battle, perhaps credit can be given for creativity?
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The film stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks and Bill Hader.
Power Rangers will be released in theaters on March 24, 2017.
Source: Entertainment Weekly