The new Power Ranger costumes have finally been revealed and they’re as fierce as Elizabeth Bank’s Rita Repulsa costume.
The skin-tight, vibrant spandex costumes, which suited the old Power Rangers, are tossed aside in favor of a more “cyber-netic” look.
According to Movie Web, the Power Rangers’ new costumes truly look like the space armor they were always meant to be for the upcoming 2017 reboot of Power Rangers.
Recently, the new Rita Repulsa look was revealed as Elizabeth Banks holds the honor of playing the iconic Power Ranger villain.
The Power Rangers’ new costumes themselves are a pretty bold look for the Rangers, but the decision to change their look altogether is just as controversial.
Over the 20 years that the Power Rangers have existed, their looks have changed albeit they stuck to a particular mold: spandex.
Many have even labeled their costumes as campy, yet still beloved for their appeal. Therefore, it’s only natural that some Power Rangers fans are torn on the new Power Ranger costumes.
I AM TORN ABOUT THE NEW POWER RANGERS SUIT ASDFGHJKL pic.twitter.com/c1f3UxZMwa— Aaron Ariff (@aaron_ariff) May 5, 2016
The new Power Rangers costumes look like Iron Man, the Robocop remake and Nolan's Batman in a blender.— Pat Torfe (@pattorfe) May 5, 2016
My main problem with the new power rangers is that they look OVERLY designed like someone said "Let me add this, and this, and this"— - ʙᴀʀʀʏ ᴀʟʟᴇɴ (@iHeartJames) May 5, 2016
The actors who will be donning the new Power Ranger costumes are as follows:
- Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini
- Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack
- Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason
- Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly
- RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy
Power Rangers 2017 director, Dean Israelite claims that any dispute that fans may have with the new Power Ranger costumes are unwarranted because, in fact, the new designs actually pay homage to the Rangers’ early roots and mythology.
“The show was about kids coming of age, about metamorphosis. These suits needed to feel like they were catalyzed by these kids and their energy, their spirit.”
Power Rangers is based on five ordinary high school kids in a town called Angel Grove. The five kids are then called upon by unknown forces to save their town, and subsequently the world, from alien threats.
Granted incredible powers and abilities, the Power Rangers, must learn how to fight as a unit to quell these extraterrestrial threats.
Power Rangers production designer, Andrew Menzies — who is also credited for revamping G.I. Joe’s Retaliation for a new generation — claims that the spandex-free costumes are meant to differentiate the Power Rangers look from other recent superhero blockbusters.
“It’s tricky finding a new language for a superhero costume. Ours is an alien costume that grows on them, that’s not man-made. You can’t win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans.”
Perhaps the alien suit will simply have to “grow” on other Power Ranger fans to be accepted fully. One fan, Yellow Ranger actor, Becky G, is fond of the suit; however, as an actor on the show, her opinion is likely biased.
Nevertheless, the Yellow Ranger says, “it’s the coolest costume ever. I’m gonna wear it for Halloween for, like, five years.”
This week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly will have a full display of the new Power Rangers costumes. The new Power Rangers film is expected to hit theaters March 24, 2017, as rumors of a trailer being released soon are emerging.
What do you think of the new Power Ranger costumes and Rita Repulsa?
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