Bryan Cranston Also Very Surprised That He’s in the Power Rangers Movie

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During an interview with The Huffington Post in support of his new film The Infiltrator, Bryan Cranston also talked about his role as Zordon in the upcoming Power Rangers movie, and revealed that he was at first very reluctant to even consider the part.

Cranston, who did some voice acting for the Power Rangers TV series in the ’90s, told Huffington Post that his familiarity with the show initially made him reluctant to seriously consider a role in the film: “At first I was, to be honest with you, I was reticent to looking at the role because I remember the television series was kind of farcical and silly and ‘pow’ and ‘zow’ — weird movements and things like that. I was like, ‘Oh, OK.”

According to Cranston, though, the Power Rangers movie could not tonally be more different than the series: “This is as different a reimagining as the Batman television series as it became the Batman movie series. You can’t compare those two, and nor can you compare this movie version of the Power Rangers to that television series. It’s unrecognizable for the most part.”

When prompted by The Huffington Post’s Bill Bradley, Cranston clarified that the Batman movies he was referencing were from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series, but says fans shouldn’t expect Power Rangers‘ tone to be that grim, since the movie will “deal with teenagers.”

So far, I’ve been really confused by the tone of early promotional materials for Power Rangers—the new Rita Repulsa costume and Iron Man-style suits (complete with boob armor!) seem like they’re trying for a serious vibe, but then there’s this poster, which has a high school, John Hughes-meets-Saban feel.

Personally, I hope the movie doesn’t totally ignore, as Cranston put it, the brand’s ‘zow’ and ‘pow,’ but since we don’t even have a trailer yet, it might be too early to really begin speculating.

Power Rangers is slated for release March 24th, 2017.

(via Collider)

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