Finally, the Power Rangers are cool again. Thanks to the new big-budget reboot (which received a pretty positive review from us), the teenagers with attitude are controlling popular-culture once more. The reinterpretation of the Mighty Morphin series has received pretty mixed reviews from critics so far – the movie is currently sitting at 47% on Rotten Tomatoes – despite this, the film has an 82% audience score.
One major character who was missing from the new film, is Tommy Oliver/The Green Ranger. Oliver was portrayed by Jason David Frank in the original series, and quickly became one of the show’s biggest characters. Fans the world over were extremely interested to see if the new film would reference the character, and they were not disappointed.
Before I continue, major spoilers ahead:
Oliver does not appear in Power Rangers; he is – however – referenced. In the film’s mid-credit scene, the Rangers arrive at detention, and the teacher in-charge asks if “Tommy Oliver” is in attendance. The camera pans over to an empty desk with a green sports jacket. So, Oliver does in fact exist in this new universe. The film’s director had a little something to say about the mid-credit scene, and its importance going forward:
“There’s a post-credits scene, so people should stay. It teased up the direction of what the next movie could be for people that know the brand it’s super exciting. There are so many ideas we’re kicking around in the direction of where the film leads you.”
One of the best aspects about Isrealite’s film is the diversity. For instance, in addition to having a cast of multi-racial actors, the film does not shy away from Autism and the LGBT community. Billy, the Blue Ranger, has is “on the spectrum,” while Trini, the Yellow Ranger, is in fact Gay. These major decisions are a huge step forward for the blockbuster community, as it shows faint signs of progression.
With the mid-credit scene teasing Oliver’s arrival in Angel Grove, it makes it fairly certain that he will appear in the sequel. Well, according to the cast, Oliver might not be male. Power Rangers star, Dacre Montgomery tells The Hollywood Reporter:
“A lot of the cast and I have discussed that we think it should be a girl. It makes it even three girls, three boys. “It’s left blank. It’s a cliffhanger. Whoever you’re going to drop into that position — whether it’s a girl, it’s inevitably going to create drama. It’ll be interesting to drop that drama into it and see how we all relate to it and work with it.”
In the new film, Elizabeth Banks’ Rita Repulsa tells Trini that she will be the reason the team crumbles and fails. Could Israelite use the Green Ranger as Trini’s new love-interest? In the TV show, Oliver had close ties to Kimberly (the Pink Ranger), but the film makes it pretty obvious that the Red and Pink Rangers are tightly knit. The Green Ranger – in the show – infamously tore the team apart, and this could make for a pretty remarkable sequel, if the studio decides to go through with it.
So, what do you guys think? Would you like to see a female Green Ranger? Have you seen Power Rangers yet?
Power Rangers is in theatres now.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Theater-Worthy Movies To Look Forward To In March
As we say goodbye to February and Oscar season, we look onwards toward March as the summer blockbuster season begins. March is a month loaded with anticipated movies and it has something for everyone – especially genre fans. Next month’s offerings are diverse, ranging from smaller horror-thrillers to long-awaited reboots and sequels. This bode’s well for multiplex’s as audiences have more than once choice at any given weekend. With heavy hitters that will appeal to both kids and adults, March is sure to be a big month at the box office.
Let’s take a look at what you can expect to come out next month in chronological order. Hit Next to continue!