Is Rita Repulsa Trapped by the Patriarchy in New Power Rangers Image?
Rita, are you okay? Are you okay? Are you okay, Rita?
A new image of Elizabeth Banks as Power Rangers baddie Rita Repulsa has surfaced and she doesn’t look happy to be here. That’s probably because she’s trapped behind a giant (glass?) wall oddly representative of a patriarchal society in which women are stifled beneath a glass ceiling. Kidding! She’s the bad guy and likely deserves to be there for a number of evil deeds committed.
In any case, it doesn’t look like she’ll be there for long given the number of cracks in that fixture. The reboot, slated for a 2017 release, will be a reimagining of the ‘90s kids show which literally copied and pasted fight scenes from the original Japanese series. “We dropped the ‘Mighty Morphin’ and it’s just Power Rangers,” director Dean Israelite told MTV. “I think it’s a conscious decision to note that we are taking this to a new reimagined, reinvented place, and that yes, it’s going to be the origin story of these five kids from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers—but we’re bringing it to its own arena.” Does that mean we’ll get stunt performers who actually look like they’re trying to hit their opponent? Because the opposite of that is what made the Mighty Morphin series so mesmerizing.
The all-new cast includes Banks, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston (who also provided voiceovers for the American show), Lemonade Mouth’s Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and singer Becky G. Here’s the list of the five new rangers: Becky G as the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger and RJ Cyler as the Blue Ranger.
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The reboot lands (hopefully on its feet) in theaters on March 24, 2017.
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