The Power Rangers reboot introduced audiences to a brand new version of the superhero team, but one of the film’s antagonists was also give a modern update that was met with mixed reactions from fans of the franchise. Previously portrayed as a humanoid ape with golden armor, the film version of Goldar was created by Rita Repulsa as a giant creature formed from the gold buried in Angel Grove. In an interview with ComicBook.com, director Dean Israelite explained the reason why the creative team behind the film decided to redesign the classic Power Rangers adversary.
Israelite first explained why they decided to make Goldar one of Rita’s creations:
“I said with my production designer language lets sort of push the envelope on him. And it seemed to start … and I said, we always have to go back to the mythology we’re creating. And the mythology that we are creating is that Rita can … has control over elements around her. And if she has control over the elements around her that’s how she physicalizes and creates the Putties that are then made out of whatever environment is around her and that logic should hold true to Goldar and Goldar then should then come out of this debunked gold mine that the whole movie is set around.”
Israelite also offered an explanation for why the character’s look was drastically changed:
“Well, the honest answer is that I feel like we’ve just seen a gargoyle type monster so many times now since the show has started. And my goal, with the movie, was to really give Power Rangers its own aesthetic and its own language. And you’ll notice the each of the Zords, and the space ship, and Alpha 5, and even Zordon … they’re all very organic. All the shapes are very organic. They’re very alive. They’re biomechanical.”
Here is the official synopsis for the Power Rangers reboot:
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens 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 discoverer they are the only ones who save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.
Directed by Dean Israelite, the film stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks and Bill Hader.
Power Rangers is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD.